Like most UK sceptics I’ve written my fair share of complaints regarding BBC bias. But one person really does take the biscuit for their response. Richard Black wrote an article about Chinese pollution causing warming. I wrote to complain that he was clearly biased because he surely must be aware that if a small amount of pollution from China had halted warming, he must also we aware that the wholesale cleaning of the air due to clean air acts in the the 1970s must have led to much larger warming.
This is his reply:
Dear Mr Haseler, Thanks for your email. I am required to furnish you with a reply, but it will not be a detailed one because as you consider me to be an idiot, clearly reading any reply I made would be a waste of your time. I am sure you have something better to do with it. Best regards, Richard Black
And the very minute I had finished writing my complaint to the BBC trust, in came an email from the Global Warming Policy Foundation along the same lines:
Looking at the aerosol data, obtained by satellites, it is apparent that the global aerosol burden declined between 1960 – 1980. There is no trend in global aerosol depth between 2000 – 2006, a period that includes the Kaufmann analysis claiming the Chinese effect. In 2007 Nasa stated that the aerosol effect had reduced, and even said that the “thinning” of the atmosphere had given a push to global warming. (for more see GWPF)
The problem with people like Richard Black … well as he said: he acts like an idiot, he writes like an idiot and so it really is incredibly difficult not to believe he is an idiot!
Come on Richard. If you ever read this, please just prove you aren’t as stupid as you make out and tell us how Chinese pollution in the 21st century can halt global warming, when the worldwide reduction in pollutants from virtually all industrialised nation has never been credited with causing the apparent warming we saw from 1970-2000 by your like.
Which reminds me of a joke: “why do you find so many global warmists at the top of hills … because they don’t know that there is a path downwards.”