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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Who is Piers Corbyn?

Who is Piers Corbyn?
I came across Piers Corbyn by accident.  I was casually watching FOX & Friends this past Monday morning when an interview with this somewhat eccentric looking man with uncontrolled hair (think Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown or Albert Einstein) came on the screen.  You may have seen a few professors who looked similar during your college days.

It turns out that Piers Corbyn is indeed a scientist, but not a mad one.  Here’s a bit of his bio taken in large part from Wikipedia…

He was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire and, at age 15, started recording weather and climate patterns and constructing his own observation equipment.  Corbyn received a first class honors degree in physics at Imperial College London.  He received a degree in astrophysics in 1979 at Queen Mary College, London, later examining the relationship between the Earth's weather and climate and solar activity.  Following some years of weather prediction as an occupation, he formed a company called Weather Action which sells its forecasts to those in industries who need an accurate long range weather prediction. 

Tom Standage of WIRED says of Corbyn…

“Another sign he's not your everyday weatherman: the conspicuously displayed photocopy of a check for £2,291 hanging on the wall.  Unique among meteorologists, Corbyn bets on his forecasts.  Unusual among bettors of any stripe, he wins regularly.  The check on the wall is a payout from London bookmaker William Hill on one of their monthly bets.”

Corbyn doesn’t just predict the weather a few days in advance.  In fact, he predicted the snowy, cold winter weather in London last May at the same time the Government’s Metrological Office predicted it would be one of the mildest winters on record.  The Met Office forecast is based on output from a new $50 million super computer using the Global Warming model.  Corbyn dismisses the model as basically “garbage in, garbage out.”  He says at his website (
“Standard forecasters don't know what is hitting them this winter.  What is happening with weather extremes and climate change is caused by predictable solar particle and magnetic effects – called Solar Climate Change – and is nothing to do with the fiction of man-made and CO2 driven global warming/climate change; that is failed science based on fraudulent data.”

It was just about 10 years ago that a leading national UK paper, The Independent, ran the headline, “Snowfalls Are Now Just a Thing of the Past.”  Among the quotes from the article are included…

“The warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers.”  —Dr. David Viner, senior research scientist at the climatic research unit of the University of East Anglia.  And…

“…within a few years, winter snowfall will become ‘a very rare and exciting event…’”—Dr. David Viner.  And finally…

“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”—Dr. David Viner

While I have a degree in engineering, I’m no climate scientist, but even if one has just a little bit of common sense and the ability to reason, it seems fair to conclude that Dr. Viner and his friend, Al Gore, just don’t know what they are talking about.

While climate alarmists continue to predict man caused global warming of the globe, Piers Corbyn (who puts his money where his mouth is by betting on his own forecasts) says the earth is in a 20 to 25 year cycle of cooling due to solar activity. 

Now tell me this.  If you had to make an important decision about the future and you had two advisors, both of whom claimed to be experts, who would you trust?  The one who depends for his living on government grants premised on a particular outcome, or the one who has to sell his advice in the marketplace to make a living and even bets his own money on his forecasts?

The government of the United Kingdom is betting on the folks that can’t shoot straight, the ones who said it was going to be a warm winter and that snow was going to be a thing of the past.  They have accepted global warming as settled science and are going forward with an energy policy that dooms their citizens to a “new normal” that will economically cripple their nation.

According to Iain Murray in The Washington Times

“The policy is likely to raise electricity bills per household by about $800 per year by 2020 while reducing the capacity of the country to build reliable power plants.  The carbon tax could reach as high as almost $110 per metric ton of carbon dioxide.”

And the US isn’t far behind.  Although so called “Cap and Trade” (more accurately described as “Cap and Tax”) failed even in the disastrous 110th Congress, President Obama is now pushing it forward as an administrative rule via the Environmental Protection Agency.  This is not just a possibility, it is reality.  The first restrictions on the use of carbon generated electricity, i.e. coal and petroleum electric plants, goes into effect in January 2011.  If such restrictions are applied across the board to all carbon based use, your energy bills will increase, on average, over $2,000 per year.

How ironic that while Government Motors (GM) has introduced the Volt as the first clean energy vehicle, it will depend for energy primarily on coal fired electric plants, the most dominant source of electricity in the United States.  In reality, GM’s Volt will be the highest polluting automobile in America.

Why should we be surprised at anything the government does?

Believing in global warming in the light of science makes just as much sense as believing the earth is flat.  The global warming hoax is a dangerous fantasy that is driven solely by political science, not hard science.  It has been totally discredited, yet the politicians press forward with one single goal—more control over your life and mine.

Let us hope and pray that the new Congress will listen more to real scientists like Piers Corbyn, than they do to junk scientists like Dr. David Viner or that self-styled climatologist, Al Gore (even though he did invent the Internet).  It’s time to put the brakes on the EPA before it’s too late.

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