IPCC Report “Absurdly Optimistic”?

George Monbiot brings us worrying details of a new scientific paper which suggests that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may be “absurdly optimistic“.   

“Reading a scientific paper on the train this weekend, I found, to my amazement, that my hands were shaking. This has never happened to me before, but nor have I ever read anything like it. Published by a team led by James Hansen at Nasa, it suggests that the grim reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change could be absurdly optimistic”

It’s worth bearing in mind here that the scientists have been under immense pressure, particularly so by the Bush administration, to water down their findings on climate change.

Monbiot also brings us some very possible good news.  He says that, according to a new study by the Centre for Alternative Technology, of which he says he has been allowed a sneak preview, we could, by 2027, provide 100% of our electricity without the use of fossil fuels or nuclear energy.  In fact, the study suggests we could over-provide for our electricity needs, leaving enough leftovers to maintain our heating and transport systems.

That is, if only we had…..”a government which fears planetary meltdown more than it fears the CBI.

That’s the thing.  Gordon Brown is very pro-business and while that’s not always a bad thing, it certainly is when public and environmental interest is sacrificed for the sake of the *corporate agenda*.  As if to prove his love-crush with big business, as Monbiot informed us in the article, Brown has recently appointed Digby Jones – the chairman of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), as a minister. 

Just to give you an idea of the ‘Digby ethic’, the guy opposes increases in maternity pay, he has lobbied long and hard for the minimum wage to be frozen and he hates the trade unions.  Oh, and as Monbiot rightly pointed out, Digsy-boy has not actually been elected by the voting people of Britain but, such is our wonderfully undemocratic country, because he has been promoted to a Lord or a Life Peer or something as equally pompous, he gets to serve as a minister.  

And Brown wants to restore trust?  So how does that work?

A taste of things to come from a Brown government perchance? 


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Zero Carbon Britain

Centre for Alternative Technology


2 responses to this post.

  1. Digby Jones, ‘Fat Boy’;hates unions because he likes doing things his way. Feed ‘im another pork pie will ya love. That might shut ‘im up for 5 minutes. 🙂

    IPCC, played things down, of course they have. Can’t have the general public panicking now can we! 24/7 shopping, that’s the societal agenda.


  2. Lol.

    Yes, it’s all very frustrating. And even more so because there is a very possible chance of becoming totally independent of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, yet big business will, in all likelihood, sabotage those chances.


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