I see that unwanted politician Rodney Hide continues to push his wheelbarrow of BS and is still getting away with it.
The Auckland Herald for some strange reason seems to think that he has something interesting to say beyond his home renovations or new trials as a late-in-life father.
This time he rails against the shallowness of politicians and the lack of analysis and reflection in news coverage where “Who can be bothered with a boring report? Just give us the headline.” rules.
He is building up to one of his favourite riffs about the scam perpetuated against honest business people by that evil cabal of climate scientists.
In this case, late last year the British Met Office announced that global temperatures over the next five years “are likely to be a little lower than predicted” in their December 2011 report. This news was trumpeted in the Daily Mail and Telegraph newspapers as evidence of the demise of global warming.
Mr Hide took this same tack, but had he looked beyond the headline and actually read at what the Met Office had to say, he might have been better informed. Paragraphs 2 and 3 of their release are produced verbatim.
“However, both versions [2011 and 2012] are consistent in predicting that we will continue to see near-record levels of global temperatures in the next few years.” and
“This means temperatures will remain well above the long-term average and we will continue to see temperatures like those which resulted in 2000-2009 being the warmest decade in the instrumental record dating back to 1850.”
Perhaps Mr Hide could take heed of his Croatian taxi driver and give us the real news, not his opinion.