Energy bills, skeptic papers, Arctic sea ice
- 12 Sep 2011, 00:00
- Carbon Brief
More on 'green energy costs' - Daily Mail prints
correction following PCC complaint
The Daily Mail
printed a correction to the headline that launched their
campaign against green energy measures following a Press Complaints
Commission complaint made by Carbon Brief.
The Mail had
claimed in their original story that £200 of household energy
bills are made up of "green stealth taxes", a figure sourced to the
climate skeptic think-tank the
Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Ofgem indicates that environmental measures account for no more
than 9% (c.£90) of energy bills, a point which the Mail recognised
in their correction. No evidence to back up the GWPF's estimate has
yet been produced, despite direct requests.
Earlier in the week, the Daily Telegraph had a
front-page headline which claimed that "environment policy
reforms" will add £300 to energy bills. The £300 figure was based
leaked briefing from Cameron's energy advisor Ben Moxham.
However, as detailed in a blog post we wrote, the £300 figure was
an overestimate due to a simple mistake. It may have also been
inflated by an overly-pessimistic assessment of likely trends in
Business Green also had an interesting analysis of the politics
of the leak.
Journal editor resigns following publication of skeptic
paper; that paper refuted
On Friday last week a major story kicked off in the climate
blogosphere after the Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal
Remote Sensing unexpectedly resigned following the publication of a
Spencer and Braswell 2011) by his journal that argued that
clouds cause climate change.
Spencer and Braswell's paper had prompted some fairly spectacular
claims in the media, including:
"Climate change far less serious than 'alarmists' predict says
NASA scientist" (
But in a
blistering editorial (well worth reading) the editor wrote that
he would like to "personally protest" against the media coverage
the paper had received and that
"I perceive this paper to be fundamentally flawed and therefore
wrongly accepted by the journal."
A rebuttal was subsequently released by another journal on Tuesday
of this week, as
covered on our blog. For more detail, there are good
blogs on the paper itself by
Skeptical Science and the scientific context by
Real Climate. For the skeptic viewpoint, there are blogs by
James Delingpole and
Also on our blog
Everything you ever wanted to know about Arctic sea ice, but
weren't enough of a geek to ask
With the summer Arctic ice minimum expected within a week or so,
and with what looks like a record low in ice volume as well as an
ice area which is around the record low of 2007, it's a good time
to get up to speed on what's going on in the Arctic, with our handy
Poll: the Tea Party and climate change
Tea Party supporters in the US are significantly more skeptical
about climate change than other voters. That is the perhaps
unsurprising conclusion of a new survey of American voters'
published this week by the Yale Project on Climate Change
Communication. We took a look.