Local resident Jim Sillars had a letter in yesterday's Scotsman prompted by the climate camp protestors in which he identified a flaw in current thinking:
. . . the elevation of doubtful science, that the climate is undergoing profound change due to humankind's activities, to the level of a religious belief, with such belief carrying a licence for self-righteous zealots to impose their views on the rest of us. As well as an economic recession, it appears we are suffering from an intellectual one as well.It led to this response (scroll down the link) in today's letters pages:
Jim Sillars (Letters, 25 August) is right to point out that in the debate about "dirty oil" much of the zealotry is based on doubtful science.
On Tuesday night I attended the fascinating Book Festival debate on "Powering the Planet", and the assumption that imminent "dangerous climate change" is the settled consensus of science underpinned many of the arguments. This assumption is a fundamental flaw which underpins much of our public policy, including our "groundbreaking" Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
Cllr Cameron Rose