As a former member of the Conservative Research Department I have a fear of misquoting figures and the need to question the ones I have been given. When conducting debates with political opponents, I respect their integrity and assume that it is the interpretation of the figures that are the source of disagreement, not that they are being made up in the first place.
The revelations of dodgy graphs and the perceived manipulation of peer reviews at the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU), are examples of the former. Today’s laughable explanation of where the claim that the Himalayas were going melt came from, is a shocking example of the latter.
Read and weep, with laughter or fear, the article in The Times.
For the record: climate change happens. We must get used to change, adapt to it and where we can – and it is in our interests to – try to avert it. If climates didn’t change we would not have had an ice age or forests with dinosaurs, whose bones would turn up later to the delight of Darwin and Dawkins.