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In Which Bob Ward Argues Johnny Ball Should Not Be Allowed To Tell The Truth

Why the BBC's 'impartial' stance on climate science is irresponsible | Bob Ward | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Throws toys out of pram when anything not previously agreed by him is broadcast.

A bizarre performance by former TV presenter Johnny Ball on Wednesday's edition of The Daily Politics show has once again highlighted the BBC's unsuccessful struggle to balance accuracy and impartiality when it comes to climate change.
Apart from his rant at the politicians, the former Think of a Number presenter also provided a blogpost and short video to promote his views, including his claim that "only 4% of the carbon dioxide that goes into the atmosphere is put there by man"....
Globally each year, the land and atmosphere exchanges about 120bn tonnes of carbon, while the oceans and atmosphere transfer about 90bn tonnes of carbon between them. In general this natural carbon cycle is more or less in equilibrium, such that there is no significant net change in the amount of carbon absorbed in the atmosphere, oceans and land.
But we also know that human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, producing cement and destroying rainforests, have disturbed the natural equilibrium of the carbon cycle by emitting an additional 7bn tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere each year.

Roughly 210bn natural and 7bn manmade according to Ward - doesn't look too far off Ball's claim of 4% to me, but it is an inconvenient truth that Bob Ward has declared shall not be broadcast.

Comments

It is difficult to tell from the interview if the politicians KNOW they are participating in the scam or if they are simply being duped like so many people are. But this rather civil discussion illustrates the problem; the people in power seem unable to fathom either the science or the math involved. The science does not support either that the atmospheric CO2 is from man made sources or that the CO2 is causing global warming. The math is both much easier to understand and much more difficult. That is when the one politician states confidently that on-shore windfarms DO create enough energy to pay for themselves he clearly either does not understand the math or he is intentionally lying. The best windfarm in the world produces electricity that costs about 10 times the electricity from a coal fired plant. That is pretty easy math! The best solar (PV) generating facility in the world produces electricity at about 20 times the cost of electricity generated by a coal fired plant. Again, simple math. Where it becomes muddled is how much money is given directly to the owner of the alternative energy to help pay those costs and how that money is given. Sometimes it is in direct subsidies from the government. Often there is an additional mandate placed on the utility to buy the power and the costs are passed on to the consumer. Additional costs could be the requirement to build a coal fired plant to back up the wind or solar because of the inherent undependability of the alternatives. Someone is making a lot of money. It is probable that the politicians know they are paying off special interest groups and may well be sharing in the graft. Sooner or later this will collapse and we may well find the biggest scam in history has been perpertrated on the taxpayers.

It is difficult to tell from the interview if the politicians KNOW they are participating in the scam or if they are simply being duped like so many people are. But this rather civil discussion illustrates the problem; the people in power seem unable to fathom either the science or the math involved. The science does not support either that the atmospheric CO2 is from man made sources or that the CO2 is causing global warming. The math is both much easier to understand and much more difficult. That is when the one politician states confidently that on-shore windfarms DO create enough energy to pay for themselves he clearly either does not understand the math or he is intentionally lying. The best windfarm in the world produces electricity that costs about 10 times the electricity from a coal fired plant. That is pretty easy math! The best solar (PV) generating facility in the world produces electricity at about 20 times the cost of electricity generated by a coal fired plant. Again, simple math. Where it becomes muddled is how much money is given directly to the owner of the alternative energy to help pay those costs and how that money is given. Sometimes it is in direct subsidies from the government. Often there is an additional mandate placed on the utility to buy the power and the costs are passed on to the consumer. Additional costs could be the requirement to build a coal fired plant to back up the wind or solar because of the inherent undependability of the alternatives. Someone is making a lot of money. It is probable that the politicians know they are paying off special interest groups and may well be sharing in the graft. Sooner or later this will collapse and we may well find the biggest scam in history has been perpertrated on the taxpayers.

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