The Mayor of London Boris Johnson threw a proverbial snowball into the climate debate today, arguing in his Telegraph column that solar activity drives the world’s climate.
In an entertaining article that appears to ignore the huge levels of empirical evidence that suggest climate change is driven by carbon dioxide levels, the man who is many’s favourite to be the next Prime Minister of the UK says we should consider the possibility we could be on the verge of 30 years of colder weather.
“By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don’t remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more,” he writes.
“I remember snow that used to come and settle for just long enough for a single decent snowball fight before turning to slush; I don’t remember winters like this.”
Of course, one could observe that it’s the winter, so one might expect snow. But for a detailed point-by-point scientific rebuttal of Johnson’s claims check this excellent article by the Carbon Brief, which cautions any future Prime Minister making policy based on ‘fringe theories’ or indeed their own calculations.
For the best of the tweets referring to Boris’s solar theory – see below.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of Piffle. carbonbrief.org/blog/2013/01/s…
— Robert Wilson (@CarbonCounter_) January 21, 2013
Snow in @mayoroflondon garden. So *global* warming may not be real bit.ly/11Levdo unacceptable #logic fail unless under 5 years old
— Damian Carrington (@dpcarrington) January 21, 2013
When the Mayor of London casually rejects evidence as basis of his politics, we’re in trouble. Hope scientists respond. tinyurl.com/afw3lzg
— ruth davis (@ruthdavis27) January 21, 2013
Boris can write crap abt climate change science and it’s OK. Crap on the vague ‘science’ of economics he’d b in trouble telegraph.co.uk/comment/column…
— Doug Parr (@doug_parr) January 21, 2013
MT @georgemonbiot: So @mayoroflondon relies on total nutjobs for advice abt an existential threat. #climatechange telegraph.co.uk/comment/column…
— Chris Hope (@cwhope) January 21, 2013
@mayoroflondon, when you pen #climate nonsense like this goo.gl/SS8aU you appear still to be ‘just a clod of cooled-down solar dust’
— Richard Black (@enviroblack) January 21, 2013
Boris Johnson, climate, snow and whiff-whaff – bit.ly/13Y2tw0
— Carbon Brief (@carbonbrief) January 21, 2013
Boris Johnson’s column should encourage other politicians to speak out against global warming views, says @piers_corbyn polho.me/VUYXAG
— politicshomeuk (@politicshomeuk) January 21, 2013