'The Second Battle of Copenhagen" - Inside Report
Scientists and economists who doubt the data and conclusions behind the urge to throw away billions of pounds and dollars on 'manmade' global warming gathered in Copenhagen to look at the science. The Rev Philip Foster of Cambridgeshire provides an increasingly interesting report -
Arrived at my hosts on Saturday. Sunday went to the IBC and touched base with Erik Nielsen, the pastor. Monday humped books to the Danish Writers' Union building - a nicely old fashioned suite of rooms with large oil paintings of stories about the Patriarchs. We set up the room ready for the opening on Tuesday, the 8th.
Tuesday. Arrived early to make final arrangements.
10ish Carl Rucher (CFACT) was our chairman and we began with Tom Harris of International Climate Science Coalition presenting the ten challenges in our letter to the UN, which had been signed at that time by 150 scientists.
The room was filled to capacity (room for about 80 people in all).
Half were probably journalists from one place or another. TV crews kept turning up and they interviewed the various speakers.
We had DK TV, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, . . .Reuters, FT, Telegraph, New York Times, Daily Mail among many others from around the world. The BBC world service turned up but the crew did look rather bewildered. I suppose they were expecting a room full of people with two heads, poor dears.
10.15 Tom Harris - THE CHALLENGE:
10.30 - 11.30 Professor Niklas Nils-Axel Mörner- Sea levels
11.30 - 12.15 Professor Cliff Ollier - Ice, glaciers,
12.15 - 1.00 Stuart Wheeler - Implications for economic growth
1.00 - 1.30 Light lunch provided
1.30 - 2.30 Professor Ian Plimer - The history of climate (4 billion years' worth)
2.30 - 3.15 Professor Henrik Svensmark - Cosmic ray hypothesis
3.15 - 4 .00 H. Leighton Steward - The benefits of more CO2
It was a great pleasure to meet these people, some of whom I had corresponded with for some time. I was interviewed for Russia Today (along with others). Denmark TV ran our conference as the lead news story.
10.00 Doors open, coffee
10.15 Tom Harris: THE CHALLENGE
10.30 - 11.30 Professor S Fred Singer - CO2 and temperature
11.30 - 12.15 Martin Ågerup
12.15 - 1.00 Light lunch provided
1.00 - 1.30 Professor David Gress - Philosophy of Greenism
1.30 - 2.15 Lars Seier Christensen
2.15 - 3.00 Film by Lars Oxfeldt Mortensen - 'The Cloud Mystery'
3.00 Lord Christopher Monckton - Fraud at CRU and GISS - tip of an iceberg.
We had feared that the second day would lose the press as they would be otherwise engaged. How wrong we were - back they came along with new ones (including the Guardian! - about which more later). We had very good news the day before: the Speaker of the Danish Parliament announced he was a sceptic.
A few journalists confided in us that the COP15 was as dull as ditchwater, humourless and crassly monochrome. We were much more interesting - and seemed to be enjoying ourselves.
During the afternoon session we had some amusement at the expense of the Guardian journalist present (not Monbiot). At a question time, he put his hand up for a question. He was invited to do so. Instead we were treated to a diatribe: 'I've just been to Bangladesh where I KNOW the sea levels are rising dramatically, I've spoken to scientists - I know its happening.'
There are moments when you can see someone about to step on a garden rake but are helpless to stop them. This was one of those moments. It so happened that Niklas Nils-Axel Mörner, the world's leading sea level expert, had also recently returned from Bangladesh where he hadn't been 'talking to scientists' but had actually been doing the field work! He had found massive erosion - unsurprising in a huge delta - but absolutely no evidence of sea level rise. Oh, dear!
When I was leaving Copenhagen Station for the airport I was sitting nearby a group of younger guys (Americans for the most part, in their twenties) They were discussing their time at COP15. 'It was like going to a pop festival - but without any music or drinks!'
It is clearly early days to assess the impact... We must keep up the pressure, keep demanding an answer to the ten points, and follow the various ongoing events with more conferences.
Looking back I remain astonished at what we achieved. We only began a couple of months before with just three of us, Jens, Graham and myself. We sent out requests to anyone we knew and the response was magnificent - speakers all giving their time free - enormous help from New Zealand's Terry Dunleavy of New Zealand Climate Science and Canada's Tom Harris.
The website Copenhagen Climate Science has the details of the challenge, the papers, etc.
The COPENHAGEN CLIMATE CHALLENGE demanded that the UN publicly substantiate each of ten fundamental assertions that underlie current climate concerns. The UN has not done so.
Thanks to Idris Francis and Bill and Ann Woodhouse for forwarding the report.