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“Professional Misconduct By Government Advisors Around The World” – Claims Top Professor

April 3, 2014

By Paul Homewood





If you talk to real scientists who have no political interest, they will tell you there is nothing in global warming. It’s an industry which creates vast amounts of money for some people”


Emeritus Professor Chemical Thermodynamics Dr. Leslie Woodcock of the University of Manchester’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science and a former NASA researcher, dissents on man-made global warming. Woodcock declares there was “professional misconduct by Government advisors around the world” when it comes to man-made climate change claims.


From the Yorkshire Evening Post:


He doesn’t believe in ‘global warming’ and says ‘climate change’ is a meaningless term used as a sop by big business to create money. Neil Hudson met Prof Les Woodcock

Climate change is once again back on the agenda following the publication of a number of reports from Government and the UN.

On Monday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its first report in seven years on the now widely accepted phenomenon known as ‘climate change’.

And this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee also published a report, damning the media for confusing ‘fact’ with opinion and pushing the message that, in terms of freak weather, ‘the worst is yet to come’.

In spite of the seemingly overwhelming tide of scientific opinion on the matter, there are still some who steadfastly refuse to jump on the ‘global warming’ bandwagon.

Emeritus Professor Les Woodcock is one of them. When I ask the former NASA scientist about ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’, he laughs.

“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate change’ is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the earth’s surface to increase very slightly but with disastrous environmental consequences.

“The theory is that the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel is the ‘greenhouse gas’ causes ‘global warming’ – in fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is is 20 times more of it in our atmosphere (around one per cent of the atmosphere) whereas CO2 is only 0.04 per cent.

“There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.

“Anecdotal evidence doesn’t mean anything in science, its not significant.

“Events can happen with frequencies on all time scales in the physics of a chaotic system such as the weather. Any point on lowland can flood up to a certain level on all time scales from one month to millions of years and its completely unpredictable beyond around five days.

“We can go back to great floods and Noah’s Ark in the Middle East regions which are now deserts.

“The reason records seem to be being frequently broken is simply because we only started keeping them about 100 years ago. There will always be some record broken somewhere when we have another natural fluctuation in weather.

“Its absolutely stupid to blame floods on climate change, as I read the Prime Minister did recently. I don’t blame the politicians in this case, however, I blame his so-called scientific advisors.”

But surely most of the world’s leaders, scientific community and people in general can’t be wrong can they?

Prof Woodcock hits back: “This is not the way science works. If you tell me that you have a theory there is a teapot in orbit between the earth and the moon, its not up to me to prove it does not exist, its up to you to provide the reproducible scientific evidence for your theory.

“Such evidence for the man-made climate change theory has not been forthcoming.”

He adds: “It’s become almost an industry, as a consequence of this professional misconduct by Government advisors around the world, not just UK – you can’t blame ordinary people with little or no science education for wanting to be seen to be good citizens who care about their grandchildren’s future and the environment.

“In fact, the damage to our economy the climate change lobby is now costing us is infinitely more destructive to the livelihoods of our grand-children. Indeed, we grand-parents are finding it increasingly expensive just to keep warm as a consequence of the idiotic decisions our politicians have taken in recent years about the green production of electricity.

“Carbon dioxide has been made out to be some kind of toxic gas but the truth is it’s the gas of life. We breath it out, plants breath it in. The green lobby has created a do-good industry and it becomes a way of life, like a religion. I understand why people defend it when they have spent so long believing in it, people do not like to admit they have been wrong.

“If you talk to real scientists who have no political interest, they will tell you there is nothing in global warming. It’s an industry which creates vast amounts of money for some people.

“Even the term ‘global warming’ does not mean anything unless you give it a time scale. The temperature of the earth has been going up and down for millions of years, if there are extremes, it’s nothing to do with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it’s not permanent and it’s not caused by us. Global warming is nonsense.”

He adds: “Light bulbs are a good example of the contradiction with the green movement. Europe has outlawed the tungsten light bulb. Tungsten is a harmless metal, like gold, it does not react with anything and yet now, in the name of conserving energy, we have low energy light bulbs full of toxic chemicals, including mercury vapour, which is poisonous. If you smash a low energy light bulb, the advice from the Department for the Environment is to vacate the room for 15 minutes.”

  1. Midas permalink
    April 3, 2014 10:32 pm

    Well said Professor Woodcock …..Its about time more of these guys stood up and spoke their minds….

    I had to laugh today when I read that there were saying they were having trouble breathing, this has happened 60+ times in the last five years or so, but just because it has been all over the media (courtesy of the Met Office) all of a sudden no one can breath…Lol!

    Typical mass hysteria….sometimes I worry about how sad British people are…..

    • Streetcred permalink
      April 4, 2014 12:49 am

      Hyperventilating warmista !

    • April 4, 2014 8:41 am

      There was even an attempt to say that we could expect more air pollution in the future because of “climate change” on the BBC News;

      When asked whether we could expect more in the future, Professor Paul Monks Chair of the DEFRA Air Quality Expert Group and Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry of the University of Leicester said:

      “With climate change, it is predicted that we will get more of these very stagnant episodes like we’ve got at the moment, putting a lid on the pollution that leads to the increase of these sort of particles and we could have more of those in the future, that could increase the amount of particle pollution that we have and the number of these sort of high air quality episodes.”

  2. April 3, 2014 10:48 pm

    Thanks, Paul.
    Well, we can count Professor Les Woodcock as a skeptic on “global warming”/”climate change”.
    Welcome, Dr. Woodcock!
    And thanks, Neil Hudson for publishing this interview.

  3. April 3, 2014 10:52 pm

    Sanity at last. I hope this interview gets the widest possible coverage!

  4. April 3, 2014 11:23 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Terrific interview.

  5. M E Wood permalink
    April 3, 2014 11:58 pm

    Sent this to an MP in New Zealand as a breath of fresh air in a ‘climate of hysteria’ from the local Mayor who appears on local TV telling us to raise our houses because of the sea level rising 2 metres. frequently. She is a fervent believer in the IPCC documents and cannot be gainsaid

  6. April 4, 2014 12:04 am

    He really likes to stir up a hornets nest! It is about time someone spoke the truth. While these leeches siphon off funds from governments the world over, real people starve and freeze to death.

  7. April 4, 2014 1:25 am

    Global warming/climate change….all part of the green scam. A sales gimmick for their disgustingly overpriced and inefficient unreliable energy. Nothing but a pathetic money grab. Wealth redistribution, to eliminate that pesky middle class. The masses better wake up soon.

  8. April 4, 2014 1:50 am

    ”I understand why people defend it when they have spent so long believing in it, people do not like to admit they have been wrong.”

    Well, that sentence can describe the ”Skeptics” more than the Warmist… The ”Skeptics” keep repeating about the past ”GLOBAL” warmings, which were localized, NOT global… Otherwise by now they would have won. b’ when you see the ”Skeptic’s” global temp chart… it’s with such a precision, looks like seismologic chart…? Before the thermometer was invented, for when the planet was still flat, for before most of the planet was discovered… The Warmist’ lie was built on the top of those phony charts.

    the truth: nobody knows what is today’s global temp, because nobody is monitoring on the whole planet!!!!.

  9. April 4, 2014 1:58 am

    Oxygen & nitrogen are THE greenhouse gases. O2&N2 are transparent, same as the roof on a normal greenhouse – they let the sunlight in, to warm the ground; then, as perfect ”insulators of heat” are slowing the cooling at night.

    Water vapor and clouds make cooler days / warmer nights, overall they don’t increase or decrease the temp. Unfortunately, the shonky ”science” takes in consideration only the hottest minute in 24h, and ignore the rest of the 1439 minutes:

  10. April 4, 2014 2:02 am

    when is a cyclone, or flood on some place, AND on the rest of the planet is good weather at that same time – does that mean that CO2 creates mostly good weather?

  11. Joe Public permalink
    April 4, 2014 7:55 am

    The voice of reason.

    Thanks for spreading the message.

    Perhaps other rational scientists fill find the courage to support Professor Woodcock.

  12. April 4, 2014 8:25 am

    While I agree with most of what Professor Woodcock says, some of it may be open to question, e.g.

    “There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.”

    I would have thought that the record at Mauna Loa was fairly unequivocal.

    I suppose the answer lies in the word “significantly”.

    • BruceC permalink
      April 4, 2014 2:04 pm

      Mauna Loa is an active volcano in Hawaii. Can you honestly tell me that CO2 readings from that location are ‘fairly unequivocal’?

  13. Chuck Nolan permalink
    April 4, 2014 11:03 am

    “There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.”
    Did he leave out “global temperature” in the quote because there is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased global temperature in the last 100 years”
    I wonder if this was another journalism problem or if the professor “misspoke” since we are talking about CAGW.

    • April 4, 2014 11:21 am

      That’s probably it.
      Makes more sense.
      If it is an omission, lt’s quite a big one!

      • April 4, 2014 11:28 am

        Hey Chuck, great minds think alike ..seens we were typing at the same time .. Someone should post in theYorks Post comments ..I can’t login right now

  14. April 4, 2014 11:08 am

    Agree with QV, I suspect the statement got mangled by journo “There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years”
    probably was
    “There is no reproducible scientific evidence that CO2 has significantly increased TEMPERATURE in the last 100 years” .. ie temp has increased, but can’t prove that CO2 caused that in real world, could be no effect of CO2 but something else like sun

  15. April 4, 2014 11:40 am

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  16. tom0mason permalink
    April 4, 2014 11:53 am

    Well said Professor Woodcock…
    and in the line
    “There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.”
    the key word is ‘significant’. In the long view of climate and CO2 variations, the current CO2 changes are small and may be seen as negligible.

  17. dave ward permalink
    April 4, 2014 1:26 pm

    Excellent! – The best thing I’ve read for ages.

  18. April 6, 2014 9:17 am

    Hi Paul,

    Great article as usual. I have just emailed this to the paper.

    Dear Sirs,

    As an ex-pat living in Lancashire for many years it’s good to see that my home county media can provide an alternative and informed view on the subject of “climate change” which is so sadly lacking in the one-sided warmist propaganda emanating from the likes of the BBC.

    For your information I came across your article here:

    I highly recommend this blog for a meticulous and thorough analysis of real climate data.

    Yours faithfully,

    Dr. Steve Davison
    Ex-physicist and IT consultant

    • April 6, 2014 9:25 am

      It might have been useful to point out the possible missing words “global temperature” in the sentence:
      “There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.”

      • April 6, 2014 10:18 am

        True but I had emailed them before reading the comments – apologies. Feel free to contact them separately, the more the merrier.


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