I’m always reminded of an old adage my first Physics teacher Professor Walter Foster used to say (often to me) – “Well, anything’s possible. So long as you don’t know what your talking about.”
I got that feeling this morning listening to Dr Edward Hannah, currently reading “climate” at the University of Sheffield. I think he needs to read more, and perhaps take a note of historic data and patterns.
Here he is being interviewed by John Humphrys on the BBC Radio 4 program “Today”.
Dr Hannah was selling the idea that the current bad weather (pretty much just centered over the UK and parts of Europe) was a massive change in the climate, an extreme event due to man made “climate change”.
Unfortunately for the good Dr, John Humphrys is old enough to remember the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and even the 1990′. Periods when similar “extreme weather” happened, so once you are familiar with that pattern, it’s a real hard sell.
For example, later in the same program we have this story about Tipton St John, Devon, a town hit by major floods in the 1960’s, 1980’s and the 2009.
But lets not get side tracked on that and the failings of the Environment Agency, lets move onto to the NEW PHRASE in the world of climate “science”. It’s no longer bad weather, from now on we are to call it “extreme sustained regional climate; over a particular location”. 🙂
Actually, if ever you want to hear a not entirely convincing argument on the fail, listen to the audio above. It only takes Humphrys a few questions before poor Dr Hannah starts to stutter and repeat his set phrases. And you don’t need a degree in behavioral psychology to work out what’s going on there. Plus any argument that starts with “whilst it’s very hard to attribute any single event to climate change”, you know you’re onto a loosing stance.
Forgive me, but I actually felt sorry for the guy. He even didn’t sound that convinced of his own argument in the end.