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David King Crawls Back Out Of Woodwork

June 20, 2021
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Ian PRSY

 

 Look who has just crawled out of the woodwork!

 

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Several of the world’s leading scientists plan to launch an independent expert group this week to advise, warn and criticise global policymakers about the climate and nature crises.

The new body has been inspired by Independent Sage – the cluster of British scientists who have held UK ministers and civil servants to account for their lack of transparency and mishandling of the Covid pandemic.

The Climate Crisis Advisory Group, comprising 14 experts from 10 nations and every continent, aims to have more of an international reach and provide the global public with regular analysis about efforts to tackle the global heating and biodiversity crises.

Headed by the former UK chief scientific adviser Sir David King, the new group will issue monthly updates about the state of the global environment at meetings that will be open to the media and the public. These online gatherings will be chaired by the BBC presenter Ade Adepitan.

“We are hoping that by putting expertise directly into the public domain we are reaching into policymakers’ decision processes, and into the financial sector and how they invest in our future,” King told the Observer. “We are not just going to say ‘this is the state of the global climate’, but also what should the global response be from governments and companies … What we do in the next five years will determine the future of humanity for the next millennium.”

The experts – who include Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency and Johan Rockström, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research – also plan to issue statements and respond to journalists’ inquiries on breaking news, such as declarations by the G7, reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, new targets set by national governments, actions taken by major corporations, and geoengineering proposals, such as refreezing the Arctic.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/20/head-of-independent-sage-to-launch-international-climate-change-group

 

Contrary to the Guardian’s false assertion, the Independent Sage was nothing more than a joke, which nobody other than the Guardian took seriously (though some news outlets confused their utterings for the real thing, which was doubtless the real objective of King.) As Guido revealed at the time, Independent Sage was made up entirely of actual communists, Labour Party donors, activists, Corbynistas, “anti-Zionists”, Brexit conspiracy theorists and even a former Greek socialist MP. Susan Michie , for example was a member of the British Communist party for 40 yrs, a Corbyn donor, wife of Corbyn SpAd Andrew Murray, and mother of Labour’s Head of Complaints Laura Murray). Their sole intention was to publish anti-government propaganda.

King himself has been actively involved in campaigning against the government and Brexit.

He was also , of course, the clown who led us to believe that we would all have to live in Antarctica by the end of the century because of global warming.

At the same Environmental Select Committee in 2004, he also made some other equally ridiculous claims:

  • Ice at the South Pole is now 40% as thick as it used to be.
  • The Gulf Stream could turn off, leading Europe into a mini ice age
  • Hydrogen powered cars would see massive penetration in the market within 10 and 15 years

And in front of another Select Committee in 2014, he made the incredible claim that Hurricane Sandy was the first hurricane to hit so far north in America, a schoolboy error which a 2-minute google would have told him was absurd. And it was King, you may recall, who advised Tony Blair to promote diesel cars.

Christopher Booker revealed in his book. “The Real Global Warming Disaster”, how King attended a 2004 climate seminar in Moscow, and promptly attempted to get half of the speakers banned as they did not share his alarmist stance. When that failed, he tried to disrupt their speeches. Finally when challenged by one scientist, the malaria expert Paul Reiter, on one particular topic, King , seemingly unable to answer, simply left the room with his delegation.

This is the man who now thinks he has the right to advise us on climate change!

One last point- why the hell is a BBC presenter getting involved in this overtly political programme?

52 Comments
  1. June 20, 2021 7:20 pm

    What we do in the next five years will determine the future of humanity for the next millennium.

    And I’m Robin Hood 😆

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      June 20, 2021 7:39 pm

      I recall a certain little fascist back in the last millennium who thought his Reich would last for another millennium based on what he did in the five years from 1939.

      • Duker permalink
        June 20, 2021 11:50 pm

        The certainty of that ‘little man’ -that there would be no revolution in Germany for a 1000 years -said at Nuremberg in 1934, mirrors those who are so certain the world is doomed unless CO2 rise is halted.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    June 20, 2021 7:24 pm

    “At the same Environmental Select Committee in 2004, he also made some other equally ridiculous claims:

    Hydrogen powered cars would see massive penetration in the market within 10 and 15 years”

    The EU must have picked up his 2004 prediction. By 2005, they’d projected there to be 1 – 5 million hydrogen vehicles on EU roads by the end of last year.

    Click to access hfp_ds_report_aug2005.pdf

    Has *anyone* ever seen two (different) H2 fuel-cell vehicles on the same day?

  3. markl permalink
    June 20, 2021 8:07 pm

    Unfortunately the Climate Change advocates have willing and compliant media and political backing to give them an audience.

  4. GeoffB permalink
    June 20, 2021 8:34 pm

    I watched one of the episodes of “Climate Change, Ade (Adepitan) on the frontline” a few weeks ago. He just listened to all the rubbish spouted by so called experts and nodded in agreement. So he will just take the money and agree.

    • Wellers permalink
      June 20, 2021 9:24 pm

      Let’s face it – the sycophantic BBC is hardly up to the calibre of BG NEWS.

    • Wellers permalink
      June 20, 2021 9:25 pm

      …or even GB News!

    • Phillip Bratby permalink
      June 21, 2021 7:00 am

      He came over as a typical BBC employee, ticking three boxes: black, disabled and thick.

  5. June 20, 2021 8:52 pm

    Ignorant hypocrites, the lot of them

  6. Ben Vorlich permalink
    June 20, 2021 8:55 pm

    Your last sentence is very pertinent. I’m not familiar with these two BBC presenters, but it seems BBC can get upset by extracurricular activities. Headlines from the Internet

    ” Nick Knowles to return to DIY SOS role despite Shreddies advert”

    “STACEY Dooley was secretly sacked by the BBC as the host of Glow Up for fronting an ad campaign for a hair product.”

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      June 21, 2021 11:11 am

      I just wish the BBC got more upset about extra-curricular activities. You cannot be the UK ‘Broadcaster of Record’, eminently neutral, admired throughout the world, not dependent on advertising for your revenue — all the things that supposedly characterise the BBC and certainly did for decades — while your staff are using their high (BBC) profile to advertise mundane products on rival channels. Or express political views even if you are a mere football commentator.

      The current spat between Packham and Botham (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/06/20/chris-packham-accused-hypocrisy-lord-botham-backing-xr-long/) simply should not be happening and for certain Packham should not be fronting for Extinction Rebellion. His other extra-mural activities should also, assuming the report is correct, disqualify him from fronting BBC programmes.

      The sooner the BBC is made properly accountable to OfCom and the sooner that toothless organisation is given a “full set” of custom-built dentures the better! Dacre would do very nicely I think.

      • Philip Mulholland permalink
        June 21, 2021 11:19 am

        “The sooner the BBC is made properly accountable to OfCom “

        Mike,
        Read this article by Pointman
        The BBC Again

        I think he nails it.

      • June 21, 2021 11:38 am

        What a wonderful article from Pointman, many thanks for sharing

      • June 21, 2021 12:12 pm

        “The sooner the BBC is made properly accountable to OfCom”

        OfCom? You have to be joking. It’s mostly ex BBC stiffs, and beyond useless. You need to remember – ALL the institutions we once trusted are now infested top to bottom with parasites. An army of us in biohazard suits armed with Paraquat spray will be needed to sort this out. Country’s ****ed. And that was before the era of Medical Tyranny we apparently voted for

  7. Thomas Carr permalink
    June 20, 2021 8:55 pm

    So who funds and what do they expect to get out of it? It would be useful to know who is in the independent expert group and in what respect they are leading scientists. It is all so oblique that it sounds like a revived initiative by one or two disappointed individuals.

  8. Luc Ozade permalink
    June 20, 2021 8:57 pm

    Well Paul, I can see you have a (enormously important) job to continue doing for quite some time yet.

    It simply beggars belief, doesn’t it? Slowly crawling out from under the Covid cosh – and all they want to do is to pile more and more doom and gloom on top of us.

  9. Jason permalink
    June 20, 2021 9:06 pm

    People have NO IDEA the magnitude of the evil engulfing the world.

  10. MrGrimNasty permalink
    June 20, 2021 10:06 pm

    Irresponsible nursery trade/gov. bio-security incompetence strikes again, but of course; – gratuitous climate change blame. We’ve had plenty of seriously harsh frosts since it appeared and none have stopped it coming back every spring.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9702829/Future-Britains-fuchsias-not-rosy.html

    It struck my garden about 5-8 years ago, you can actually kill the pest but not with chemicals you can legally use these days (but you could before the EU got stuck in). Pointless though as it just gets reinfected from the environment now – and it probably would harm bees etc. permanently keeping it under control.

    So that’s another plant that can no longer be grown, the list is getting longer and longer.

  11. Devoncamel permalink
    June 20, 2021 10:33 pm

    King is a typical example of academia. Political ideology is their driver and they use their esteemed positions as scientists to scare us into achieving their ambitions. The rest of us are clearly too stupid to know what’s good for us.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      June 20, 2021 11:42 pm

      “…a defector from North Korea thinks that even her homeland is ‘not as nuts’ as the indoctrination now forced on Western students.”

      https://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/

    • Dukeofurl permalink
      June 21, 2021 2:37 am

      King would obviously be a first rate mind, but his specialist area was Chemistry studied using Physics techniques and not a clue about electric engineering, and as would be common for a person of ‘senior years’ not going to say ‘I dont know’
      Australia’s Chief Scientist is a academic electrical engineer, but in the tiny voltages in the human body. Hes far more circumspect about the shift away from coal in that country at least admits its a steep learning curve for him on ‘Power systems’

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        June 21, 2021 9:45 am

        The ability to understand the great advances made by others well enough to get high marks is an exam is not the sign of either a great mind or somebody able to synthesise solutions from complex problems. And if you think far too highly of yourself because of your exam results you are unlikely to actually learn to think and listen.

  12. Mack permalink
    June 20, 2021 11:29 pm

    Anyone with half a brain celll that isnt a communist or hasn’t gone out with the fairies already will know that David King is a ‘highly revered’ (in his own echo chamber) half wit with a long line of failed climate prophecies to his name. Christopher Booker’s dissection of King’s scientific ignorance when confronted by actual scientists on the subject is a masterclass. And, in the years since King has advised us that Antartica will be the only habitable continent as a last refuge for mankind from global warming, even NASA have had to accept that it’s getting colder. Well done David.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      June 21, 2021 10:50 am

      Come, come Mack;
      You are letting a few false statements colour your perception of Sir David King**. It may be that “the world is warmer than it has been for 5,000 years” was an oversight, as were
      “the world is warmer than it has been for 50,000 years”
      “the world is warmer than it has been for 500,000 years” and
      “the world is warmer than it has been for 5,000,000 years”.
      but the fact that he couldn’t read the Vostok ice-core graphs is merely that he was too busy ‘alerting’ people to the problem and thus unable to actually check his statements has been forgiven by the BBC.

      **Why is it that those scientists SO CERTAIN about Global Warming/Global Catastrophe etc. etc. are called Sir David?

  13. Curious George permalink
    June 21, 2021 2:16 am

    He looks rather prosperous.

  14. Phillip Bratby permalink
    June 21, 2021 6:58 am

    I thought we already had an independent expert group; the GWPF.

  15. June 21, 2021 8:13 am

    We need someone that knows the territory and will not bow down to the establishment. Someone who saw through all of this 13 or more years ago.
    How about Piers Corbyn ?
    Shame he’s so busy with other projects…

  16. cookers52 permalink
    June 21, 2021 8:39 am

    I once went to hear David King talk on climate change.

    At the end he took questions. I never understood anything he said, it was all jargon, I got bullshit bingo several times.

    Even true believers I was with were very disappointed.

  17. June 21, 2021 9:08 am

    <Sir DK hopes to emulate success of Covid advisory body

    Expect to see a fictional daily death count from climate change on your TV screen then, as Marc Morano foretold.
    https://www.climatedepot.com/2020/05/21/calls-to-add-climate-change-to-death-certificates-new-study-demands-climate-change-be-added-as-pre-existing-condition/

  18. June 21, 2021 9:26 am

    “The new body has been inspired by Independent Sage – the cluster of British scientists who have held UK ministers and civil servants to account for their lack of transparency and mishandling of the Covid pandemic.”

    Uh? No they haven’t. What an odd thing to say. Nobody has held any of these front holes to account. We are now formally a medical tyranny. Don’t remember voting for that.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      June 21, 2021 9:48 am

      Exactly. And they haven’t proven any “mishandling” in the way they mean either – not enough lockdown. Most of their predictions have been wildly wrong as well. But facts never matter to these self-appointed self-righteous fools. They are so brilliant in their own minds it can only be the data that is wrong

      • June 21, 2021 11:12 am

        It’s a well known problem amongst teams who consider themselves brilliant – the ‘Apollo Syndrome’. They are so busy talking to each other about how brilliant they are, admiring their intellects and polishing their degrees and doctorates that they cannot conceive they are talking garbage.

  19. tomo permalink
    June 21, 2021 9:28 am

    A quote that could be tailor made for the great man.

    Illusion of knowledge is more dangerous than ignorance:

    It’s Okay to say “I don’t know” and admit that you don’t know it.

    However, it’s shameful to pretend that you know everything.

    Unfortunately in King’s case – he is shameless, and to rub salt in and he leverages his exalted status to swerve having to eat his words …

  20. Phoenix44 permalink
    June 21, 2021 9:41 am

    “Monthly updates” on climate?

    Right from the start, clear and obvious stupidity.

    • June 21, 2021 11:51 am

      The desperation is clear. They have already played their trump card calling climate change racist. They cannot take the rhetoric any higher. Unfortunately that trump card is already used and completely worn out by hard left politicians in the US.

      This is no different to the BS BBC climate programs. This is organized at some very high level. Conversations MUST have taken place because too many ducks are linking up in the alarmists war against common sense. They are changing collective tactics. because they are aware they are not convincing enough people with their current scattergun approach. The view is to completely brow beat the population with invented breaking climate news to the point the are saturated and just comply.

      “You are not voluntarily being influenced by the climate alarmism we have been assaulting you with for the last 30 years. You have unreasonably not succumbed to blackmail by our manipulation of children so now we will try indoctrination with an immersive experience”.

      The BBC got in first with their nonsense climate updates…..here is the next one. How long before all the other infected NGO’s staffed by humanities graduates follow suit and give us monthly/weekly/hourly/24 hour coverage of their invented crisis? Oxfam? Christian Aid? Dr Barnardo’s? The National Trust? English Heritage….the list of infected and infested public bodies grows daily, but not being satisfied with the long march through the institutions, the deep pockets hiding in the shadows invent new ones with grandiose faux independent sounding names.

      • StephenP permalink
        June 21, 2021 5:32 pm

        I hope in future we will get some counter-balacing sense from GB News.

  21. pdp1140 permalink
    June 21, 2021 11:34 am

    If CO2 is such a good insulator, why has no one yet found a way of using it to insulate our homes?

    • June 21, 2021 12:08 pm

      Well that is because we use the liquid form of the greatest total absorber of infra red in the atmosphere already, not to insulate but to transmit heat around our houses….water circulating central heating systems.

      • June 22, 2021 2:17 pm

        Maybe IF CO2 IS such a good absorber or IR we should be being encouraged to buy systems which circulate heat via excited demon CO2 molecules.

  22. John Cullen permalink
    June 21, 2021 12:24 pm

    Does anybody have any working links, please, to Sir David King’s antics at the Moscow climate seminar in 2004 which Paul has referred to? I have tried the links in Christopher Booker’s book “The Resal Global Warming Disaster” but, so far, have not been successful.

    Many thanks for any help you can give.

    Regards,
    John.

  23. pdp1140 permalink
    June 21, 2021 1:17 pm

    And this
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/43734689

    • John Cullen permalink
      June 21, 2021 2:21 pm

      Thank you, pdp1140. These are very useful. I have saved them for permanent reference and have already started to read them.

      Regards,
      John.

  24. Ulric Lyons permalink
    June 21, 2021 3:05 pm

    The climate cannot get into a crisis so it must be a thieves kitchen.

  25. June 21, 2021 7:55 pm

    Poor King. Imagine him hearing abt the econazis losing the referendum in Switzerland!

  26. C C Denier permalink
    June 22, 2021 11:45 am

    These comments are all very laudible, however, I find myself more and more frustrated as there doesn’t seem to be a method of any kind to push back against all this idiocy.
    Suggestions please and, not meaning to be unkind, please do not say elect the correct governments

  27. Douglas Dragofly permalink
    June 22, 2021 10:27 pm

    First you gotta get MAD!
    Don’t join a protest, don’t riot. Don’t write to you MP because I don’t know what to tell you to write.
    All I know is you gotta get mad.

    You have to get out of your chair – right now. Go to the window. Open it and stick your head out and yell:
    ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE !’

  28. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    June 22, 2021 10:42 pm

    First you gotta get MAD !
    I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot. I don’t want you to write to your MP because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write.

    All I know is you’ve gotta get MAD.
    You’ve got to get out of your chair – right now. Go to the window. Open it. Stick you head out and yell:
    ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE !’

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