In her Daily
Express column, novelist and former Conservative MP Ann
Widdecombe uses current controversy over a US researcher being
suspended for scientific misconduct to advocate reducing goverment
funding into climate science research.
Ms Widdecombe seems to feel that the suspension of Dr Charles
Monnett, which we
wrote about here, justifies her sceptical stance on manmade
climate change, suggesting:
"That scientists are now being
challenged is a sure sign that somebody somewhere knows they may
have been getting it wrong."
She then shares her take on climate science, noting:
"The Hadley Centre itself, on whose
statistics the claims for global warming are largely based, has
shown through those same figures that there has been no change in
Earth's temperature for a decade despite record carbon
This gets a number of points wrong. The Hadley Centre supply
just one of five major global temperature
records. The other four are collected by NASA's Goddard
Institute of Space Studies (GISS), NOAA's National Climatic Data
Center (NCDC), the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and
by the Japanese Meteorological Agency.