Christopher Booker: Met Office gives us the warmist weather


Christopher Booker lifts the lid on the alarmism at the UK Met Office:

The reason the Met Office so persistently gets its seasonal forecasts wrong is that it has been hi-jacked from the role for which we pay it nearly £200 million a year, to become one of the world’s major propaganda engines for the belief in man-made global warming. Over the past three years, it has become a laughing stock for forecasts which are invariably wrong in the same direction.

The year 2007, it predicted, would be “the warmest ever” – just before global tempratures plunged by more than the entire net warming of the 20th century, Three years running it predicted warmer than average winters – as large parts of the northern hemisphere endured record cold and snowfalls. Last year’s “barbecue summer” was the third time running that predictions of a summer drier and warmer than average prefaced weeks of rain and cold. Last week the Met Office was again predicting that 2010 will be the “warmest year” on record, while Europe and the US look to be facing further weeks of intense cold.

What is not generally realised is that the UK Met Office has been, since 1990, at the very centre of the campaign to convince the world that it faces catastrophe through global warming. (Its website now proclaims it to be “the Met Office for Weather and Climate Change”.) Its then-director, Dr John Houghton, was the single most influential figure in setting up the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the chief driver of climate alarmism. Its Hadley Centre for Climate Change, along with the East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU), was put in charge of the most prestigious of the four official global temperature records. In line with IPCC theory, its computers were programmed to predict that, as CO2 levels rose, temperatures would inevitably follow. From 1990 to 2007, the Department of the Environment gave the Met Office no less than £146 million for its “climate predictions programme”.

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  1. Here in the USA, we hold politicians accountable for supporting stupid ideas & failed policies.
    Climategate is helping to drive coffin nails. The media might hood wink us into heading off in dumb directions, but only briefly. Obama & the Democrats will experience an earthquake in November, 2010. With Republican control of at least the House of Repersentatives, nothing but bare bones budgets & spending for national defense (beating terrorists to a bloody pulp) will likely be passed in 2011 & 2012. Trashing our economy by every possible means, plus this idiotic trial of the 911 terrorist in NYC, likely to attract multiple terrorist attacks to the area, will cement Obama’s fate in history. Obama will join Jimmy Carter at the top of the list of the most worthless & destructive U.S. Presidents in the history of the country.
    I’d suggest that you British subjects take advantage of the cold spell to roast those global warming hucksters who sold you the Kyoto taxes & tariffs, over a spit. They stole money from your wallets on false pretenses. Every last one of them belongs in jail. Their assests should be liquidated & retured to the people from whom they stole.
    If a reputable & capable group took up this cause, I’d be inclined to contribute to the effort.
    Best regards,

  2. Please lighten up on the MET Office. They serve a valuable purpose. They are the only agency using global circulation models to make verifiable seasonal predictions. Most other climate modelers are making their predictions 50-90 years out and are not verifiable. They are a wonderful agency to point to in case a newcomer to the debate asked about the quality of the models used to predict future global warming. After a quick review of MET Office record, you can send them to track Real Climate and Watts up with that for a few weeks, and then check on them in a month. More likely than not you’ve just created a climate change skeptic.


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