Why Are The Met Office Spinning So Desperately?
By Paul Homewood
They have since responded to an article in the Mail on Sunday, which highlighted the latest HADCRUT figures showing that temperatures had not gone up since 1997. Their reply was so full of half truths, misrepresentations and evasions, that one has to ask why they were not prepared to acknowledge the simple facts.
Could it be something to with the fact that, during the financial year 2010/11, they received £18.7 million in funding from the UK government and the EU specifically for climate research. (This, in other words, is totally separate to the funding they receive for normal meteorological services).
Most of the above amount, £17.5 million, was provided to the Hadley Centre, which is an integral part of the Met Office.
The Centre has several major aims:
- To understand physical, chemical and biological processes within the climate system and develop state-of-the-art climate models which represent them
- To use climate models to simulate global and regional climate variability and change over the last 100 years and to predict changes over the next 100 years
- To monitor global and national climate variability and change
- To attribute recent changes in climate to specific factors
- To understand, with the aim of predicting, the natural inter-annual to decadal variability of climate
The Met Office employs over 1500 staff, with approximately 200 working in its climate research unit. Most of its funding comes from contracts with the DEFRA, other United Kingdom Government departments and the EU.
There is an awful lot of money and a whole load of jobs at the Met which hang on the entire climate change issue.
The bulk of climate research funding is predicated on the basis that climate change is a serious problem.
Would they put this at risk by telling the truth? Silly question really.