Guardian Letter – 26 January 2012

Citizens concerned about climate change are right to demand clarity about Nigel Lawson’s funding. Lawson established his shadowy organisation back in 2009 following the Climategate fiasco, when the emails of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia were hacked. There have been five inquiries into Climategate, three in the UK and two in the US, and they have unanimously exonerated the East Anglian scientists of any scientific wrongdoing. If the rationale for Lawson establishing GWPF was Climategate, why has he not now closed it down? One suspects the answer lies in the recent report from GWPF on the new fossil fuel source, tar sand and shale gas, which states: “Shale gas is not only abundant but relatively cheap and therefore promises to take market share from nuclear, coal and renewable energy and to replace oil in some transport and industrial uses, over coming decades.”
Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Chair, Planetary SOS

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Correspondence with Nigel Lawson, April 2012

From: robin russell-jones <redacted>

Date: 9 April 2012 19:28:00 BST

To: redacted

Subject: Climate Change Conference RIBA May 7-11

Dear Lord Lawson

I am organizing an International Conference on Climate Change on behalf of Help Rescue the Planet (HRTP) which is scheduled to take place at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London  from May 7-11 this year.

I would like to invite you to speak on the subject  of  “My Foundation”

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Letter to Sunday Telegraph (15 April 2012)

Sir
Amongst all the heat and furore generated by the climate change contrarians, one fact stands out like a beacon: Christopher Booker is no scientist (In the eyes of “Nature”, warming can’t be natural).  His article states “When the Earth was emerging from the last ice-age, 15,000 years ago, it was temperatures that rose first, later followed by rises in CO2”. This is the exact opposite of the article published in Nature whose title reads: “Global warming preceded by increasing carbon dioxide concentrations during the last deglaciation”.  I’m not sure if Mr Booker has a scientific credential to his name, but if he failed his physics O-level, then it is not hard to see why.

Yours Sincerely
Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath
Chair Planetary SOS
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FRACKING – Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Independent 26 March, 2012

Published with only slight modification on 17 April, 2012.

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letters-fracking–only-a-ban-will-do-7654717.html

Lord Browne, the former head of BP and now head of Cuadrilla, has joined a  list of powerful but scientifically illiterate individuals who have been persuaded by the fossil fuel lobby that Shale Gas is the answer to the world’s future energy needs.  (“Fracking could bring UK 50.000 jobs”, says Browne 26 March.)  In his State of the Union address in January this year, President Obama stated : “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.”

Osborne followed suit in his budget statement last week: “Gas is cheap, has much less carbon than coal and will be the largest single source of our electricity in the coming years”.

The problem with shale gas is that fracking results in atmospheric releases of methane twice that encountered with conventional gas. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 70 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20 year time frame. In order for shale gas to be environmentally friendlier than other fossil fuels, it is necessary to keep methane emissions from fracking below 2%.  Current operations release around 10% and in the US the fossil fuel industry is strenuously resisting methane control legislation by the EPA.  It appears that they have the key politicians on their side.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

Friends of the Earth Advert

Letter to the Independent, 15.04.12

Sir,

It is testimony to how far climate change has sunk down the political agenda that an environmental pressure group feels it necessary to pay for a full-page ad in the Independent in order to rebut the nonsense being propagated by the Daily Telegraph (Advert by Friends of the Earth, 14 May). The truth is that the climate change contrarians, led by Nigel Lawson and his shadowy think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, have outfought, outwitted and out-manouvered  scientists world-wide and the NGO’s in this country.  Now even the BBC seems scared to touch the climate change issue, or if it does it seems to think that a balanced debate is the best approach. So the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and all of the reputable scientific journals in the world say that two plus two makes four. Then along comes Lawson and says “no it’s not. The answer is five”.   And the BBC behaves as if the answer is four and a half.  As the editors of the British Medical Journal and Lancet wrote on 24 January (Guardian Letters): “Denying the link between greenhouse gas emissions and  man-made climate change  is akin to denying the link between HIV/Aids and unprotected sex, smoking and lung cancer, or alcohol consumption and liver disease. In each of these cases, well-funded deniers have had to be exposed and confronted before appropriate health-promoting legislation was put in place”.

Yours sincerely

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

Chair Planetary SOS

Christopher Booker

Letter to the Telegraph, 15.04.12 (not published)

Sir,

Amongst all the heat and furore generated by the climate change contrarians, one fact stands out like a beacon: Christopher Booker is no scientist (In the Eyes of “Nature”, Warming Can’t Be Natural).   His article states, “When the Earth was emerging from the last ice-age, 15,000 years ago, it was temperatures that rose first, later followed by rises in CO2“. This is the exact opposite of the article published in Nature whose title reads :  “Global warming preceded by increasing carbon dioxide concentrations during the last deglaciation”.   I’m not sure if Mr Booker has a scientific credential to his name, but if he failed his physics O-level, then it is not hard to see why.

Yours sincerely

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

Chair Planetary SOS

NUCLEAR AND SHALE GAS

Letter to the Times, 15.04.12

Sir,

It is pretty obvious that big business prefers Shale Gas and Nuclear rather than Energy Conservation and renewables as an answer to the world’s future energy requirements.(The Nuclear Option, April 10 and American Fears Over Fracking Make Weir Group Investors Tremble, April 14).  However, it is not just earthquakes that render Shale Gas unacceptable.  The problem with fracking is that it results in atmospheric releases of methane twice that encountered with conventional gas. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 70 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame. In order for shale gas to be environmentally friendlier than other fossil fuels, it is necessary to keep methane emissions from fracking below 2%. Current operations release around 10% and in the US the fossil fuel industry is strenuously resisting methane control legislation by the EPA.

As for nuclear, it is prohibitively expensive to the tax-payer. Official figures put the cost of disposing of our current nuclear waste in the UK in excess of 100 billion pounds. In addition, HMG has recently agreed to underwrite the costs of medical claims arising from a nuclear accident in the UK.  In any other business that is called a subsidy.

Yours Sincerely

Dr Robin Russell-Jones MA FRCP FRCPath

Chair Planetary SOS

Final letter to PCC – 9.04.12

Press Complaints Commission

Halton House

20/23 Holborn

London EC1N 2JD

 

Dear Ms Cobbe                                                                                           April 9 2012

Your reference:  115482

I am now responding in detail to your letter dated February 29 in relation to my complaint against The Times and The Financial Times (previous letters from me dated 11 November  2011, 21 December 2011 and 30 January 2012 plus accompanying documents).

I am going to address in more detail the mistakes contained in the two articles by Matt Ridley published in The Times  on 31 August 2010 (This Discredited Science Body Must Be Purged) and 1 November 2011 (Seven Billion People Is Nothing To Be Scared Of). Continue reading