Did Alan Johnson Lie On The Andrew Neill Show?
By Paul Homewood
You may recall Piers Corbyn’s interview on Andrew Neill’s show last December.
About 5 minutes in, Alan Johnson, MP, interjected that the House of Commons Library had confirmed to him that afternoon that 97% of climate scientists say “that climate change is real, that it’s happening and that it’s man made”
Curious to see where the Library had got this information, I FOI’d them as follows:
1) Was such advice provided by the Library to Alan Johnson?
2) If so, what is the basis for such advice?
3) If no such advice was given, what evidence does the Library have regarding Johnson’s statement?
They have just responded:
The Commons Library provides a confidential enquiry service to Members of Parliament to support them in their parliamentary duties. Written responses to these enquiries are logged. We hold no record of having provided the specific information requested.
It may interest you to know that the figure of 97% is available in the public domain and has been cited in press reports, for example see The Guardian, “Survey finds 97% of climate science papers agree warming is man-made”, 16 May 2013 (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/may/16/climate-change-scienceofclimatechange).
The basis for this figure has been contested in other articles.
It appears therefore that Alan Johnson has lied.
It is a pity that Andrew Neill, himself a bit of a sceptic, allowed Johnson to get away with this statement.