British regulator: Gov’t AGW claims “not based on solid science”

posted at 2:00 pm on March 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This isn’t all good news.  Not all of the claims by the British government used in a series of global-warming public service announcements based on nursery rhymes (no, really) got rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority.  Most laughably, the ASA used the now-discredited 2007 IPCC report to settle almost a thousand complaints against the Department of Energy and Climate Change — and still had to publicly scold Ed Miliband for making false claims (via Watts Up With That):

TWO government advertisements that use nursery rhymes to warn people of the dangers of climate change have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for exaggerating the potential harm.

The adverts, commissioned by Ed Miliband, the energy secretary, used the rhymes to suggest that Britain faces an inevitable increase in storms, floods and heat waves unless greenhouse gas emissions are brought under control.

The ASA has ruled that the claims made in the newspaper adverts were not supported by solid science and has told the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that they should not be published again. …

The rulings will be an embarrassment for Miliband, who has tried to portray his policies as firmly science-based. He had commissioned two posters, four press advertisements and a short film for television and cinema, which started appearing in October last year in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate talks.

That’s hardly the only embarrassment for the DECC.  The ads themselves read like a bad parody of politically-correct fairy tales, which may be appropriate for the fairy tale of AGW:

Of the two banned adverts, one depicted three men floating in a bathtub over a flooded British landscape, and the text read: “Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub — a necessary course of action due to flash flooding caused by climate change.”

It then explained: “Climate change is happening. Temperature and sea levels are rising. Extreme weather events such as storms, floods and heat waves will become more frequent and intense. If we carry on at this rate, life in 25 years could be very different.”

The second showed two children peering into a stone well amid an arid, post-climate-change landscape. It read: “Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. There was none as extreme weather due to climate change had caused a drought.”

It then added: “Extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and storms will become more frequent and intense.”

What’s next?  Three little pigs, where the wolf is actually a hurricane made stronger by carbon emissions, huffing and puffing and even blowing the brick house down?  Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother actually died in a heat wave?  Perhaps the DECC sees the British public as children.  I suspect that the British public sees the DECC as condescending hysterics.

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It’s not based on ANY science, it seems. It’s based completely on FAITH, and it has a prophet, Algore. It should be recognized for what it is, a religion of Earth worship and separated from the state.

wildcat84 on March 14, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Britain is about to submit to Br’er Allah and his 10,000 Tar Babies. Br’er Allah will lead them to peace amidst the Brier Patch kids.

BL@KBIRD on March 14, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Interesting that climate change in Britain will cause drought, while it caused unusually excessive precipitation over here in the US.

Different rules of physics for water in the UK?

ManUFan on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

More skit-worthy comedy gold going right into the ‘loo.

*note to self* make a comedy TV show

ted c on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Paging Oakland

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

No duh. Hopefully the moron press on this side of the pond will finally figure this out.

prince of dorkness on March 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

How about

“Old Mother Hubbard went to the cubboard to find a Global warming rationalization for government control over the economy. But when she got there the rationalizations were threadbare so she resorted to propaganda instead.”

KW64 on March 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM

It’s not based on ANY science, it seems. It’s based completely on FAITH
wildcat84 on March 14, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Stop, you’re making me laugh. It’s all about the money.

Period. The. End.

Knucklehead on March 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Paging Oakland Berkeley

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Fixed. Always though Oakie was mis-named.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
But then the mouse died because of global warming.

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon because it had to because of global warming.

Hey this is fun. These things practically write themselves.

StrawMan on March 14, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Interesting that climate change in Britain will cause drought, while it caused unusually excessive precipitation over here in the US.

Different rules of physics for water in the UK?

ManUFan on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Never let a crisis go to waste.

a capella on March 14, 2010 at 2:23 PM

The ASA said: “All statements about future climate were based on modelled predictions, which the IPCC report itself stated still involved uncertainties in the magnitude and timing, as well as regional details, of predicted climate change.” It added that both predictions should have been phrased more tentatively

.

This whole modelling thing is something . A tweak here and a tweak there and you can get what you desire.

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM

No duh. Hopefully the moron press on this side of the pond will finally figure this out.

prince of dorkness

Don’t hold your breath. The press’ll continue to whore themselves out as long as their pimps in the party tell them to.

thekingtut on March 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM

What would be the effect of this Global Warming fraud and coercion, if successful? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Al Gore and the Global Warming fraudsters converted simple changes in the weather into an engine for enslaving mankind to filch wealth and power to themselves. They, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Scientists.
- “Thomas Jefferson”

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Nursery rhymes?

Wow.

Is there any way they could they make their contempt for their own deluded followers more clear than that?

Maybe they should get the Teletubbies in on the act, or has that already happened?

sharrukin on March 14, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Not all of the claims by the British government used in a series of global-warming public service announcements based on nursery rhymes (no, really) got rejected by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Two can play that game.

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Al started a hoax. Which started the whole world thinking they and their children were going to be a frying.
But what Al didn’t see was that the joke would be on he.
Oh, no, Al started to cry. Which started the whole world laughing.
Oh, if he’d only seen that the joke would be on he.

Al looked at the skies. Running his hands over his iced up eyes.
And he fell from his throne. Cracking his head on the ice and from things to scare the children that he’d said.

Till Al’s power finally died. Which started the whole world living.
Oh, if he’d only seen that the joke would be on he.

Oh, no, that the joke would be on he.

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 2:48 PM

In honor of true science and engineering, I wish you all a happy Pi day today.

TheBigOldDog on March 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Let the RICO trials begin, starting with AlGore, get the money back, repeal the regulations, get this nonsense out of our schools, and never, NEVER let it happen again…

Seven Percent Solution on March 14, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Climate change is happening.

In other news, forest fires burn trees. I hear from reliable sources that Earth is actually orbiting the sun, too.

When it stops happening, that’s the time to worry.

JDPerren on March 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM

“What’s this?” thought Barack Obama. “I can feel nothing warmer at all! That is terrible. Am I stupid? Am I a flat-earther? Am I a denier? Am I not fit to be President? That would be the most dreadful thing that could happen to me. “Oh, it is very hot!” Obama said aloud. “It has my highest approbation.” And Obama nodded in a contented way, and gazed outside, for he would not say that he felt no Global Warming. The whole entourage that he had with him tried and tried but felt no warming, any more than the rest; but, like Barack Obama they said, “It is so hot!” and Rahm Emanuel counseled him to always say that he felt hot when he was out in public, even hotter than all the Eric Holder and ACORN troubles were making them both feel. “It is warm, hot even!” went from mouth to mouth. On all sides there seemed to be general warming, and Barack Obama gave Al Gore the title of Imperial Master of Global Warming Science.

So Barack Obama went in procession, and every one in the streets said, “How incomparable hot it is! What a hot day it is!” No one would let it be perceived that he could not feel warming, for that would have shown that he was not fit for his office, or was very stupid or a flat-earther or a denier. No day of Barack Obama’s had ever been as hot as this one.

“But I’m freezing my ass off out here!!!” a little child cried out at last. “Just hear what that innocent says!” said the father: and one whispered to another what the child had said. “But it is cold out here!” said the whole people at length. That touched Barack Obama, for it seemed to him that they were right; but the thought within himself was, “I must go through with feeling all the Global Warming. I do not dare to do otherwise” And so he held himself a little higher, which was very difficult for him to do with all the bowing to dictators that he has been doing, and his aides held on tighter than ever, and proclaimed the Global Warming which did not exist at all.

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 3:00 PM

NEWS FLASH: Humpty Dumpty found hard-boiled trying to climb up a wall. All the kings men make deviled eggs for lunch. Nothing for the horses; PETA files complaint.

Details at 11.

karl9000 on March 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Al Gore: Listen to me, everybody! I’m your new science leader! I’m gonna save your lives! I’m gonna tell you what to do!
Joe Q. Adult: Don’t listen to that asshat. The sky isn’t falling.
Al Gore: I tell ya it is too falling!
Joe Q. Adult: And I tell you it isn’t.
Al Gore: Is too!
Joe Q. Adult: All right, if the sky is falling why doesn’t it hit me in the head?
[Al Gore hits Joe Q. Adult on the head with a piece of wood]
Sheeple: Al Gore is right! What do we do? Oh, Al Gore, you’ve got to help us!

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Al Gore: Listen to me, everybody! I’m your new science leader! I’m gonna save your lives! I’m gonna tell you what to do!
Joe Q. Adult: Don’t listen to that fool. The sky isn’t falling.
Al Gore: I tell ya it is too falling!
Joe Q. Adult: And I tell you it isn’t.
Al Gore: Is too!
Joe Q. Adult: All right, if the sky is falling why doesn’t it hit me in the head?
[Al Gore hits Joe Q. Adult on the head with a piece of wood]
Sheeple: Al Gore is right! What do we do? Oh, Al Gore, you’ve got to help us!

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Mock all you want deniers, but those nursery rhymes were peer reviewed.

Sharke on March 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Paging Oakland

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

It’s real.
The science is there.
You just can’t see it, ’cause it’s too complex.
Later, I’ll link to a biased site, to prove it….

/Oakland mode off.

massrighty on March 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

In honor of true science and engineering, I wish you all a happy Pi day today.

TheBigOldDog on March 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Back at you, 3.1415926535897932384626433 times!

massrighty on March 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Climate change caused much of the UK to be covered by ice at one time.
Perhaps this will happen again soon & they will all have to go find a home in the former Iberian refuge from whence many of their ancestors came.
Then we can talk about global warming again as a good thing.

Badger40 on March 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Pi day today.

TheBigOldDog on March 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Forgot. Just like I forgot about Mole day.
I’m really slipping on my nerd holidays.

Badger40 on March 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

One fine day in early spring
I played a funny trick
right in the yard
behind my house
I planted a lollipop tree
and everyday I watered it well
and watched it carefully
I hoped one day
the tree would grow
to be a lollipop tree

But the tree couldn’t grow because of global warming and now kids don’t have any lollipops and we need to grow Arugula

macncheez on March 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM

“Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub

Massa smilin ;-)

macncheez on March 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Paging Oakland

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Oakie must be celebrating at a Daylight Saving Festival across the bay.

Oakland only concentrates on AGW to take it’s mind off the real science that is of a more urgent concern. Irrefutable evidence that a mag 7 plus, and perhaps an 8 plus, is overdue in the vicinity. Could do a whole lot more rearranging than climate change could accomplish.

Lots of non-Goreian stress being transferred around the globe. Oakie could join San Fran Nan and Blimpy Boxer on a ride toward the Aleutians. Global warming up that way, not so much.

Yoop on March 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Here here, show me the science, show me the science.

It’s a myth …

tarpon on March 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM

This whole modelling thing is something . A tweak here and a tweak there and you can get what you desire.

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Yeah, just like those political “polls” done by C-BS and the NY Times and al-AP.

Del Dolemonte on March 14, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice
See how they run
See how they run
They all ran after the farmer’s wife
and she ate them because of dead crops due to global climate change.

Wow, that is kinda fun. :)

Tennman on March 14, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Three blind mice,
Three blind mice
See how they run
See how they run
They all ran after the farmer’s wife
and she ate them because of dead crops due to global climate change being rife.

Wow, that is kinda fun. :)

Tennman on March 14, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Yous gots to rhyme.

MB4 on March 14, 2010 at 6:15 PM

Back at you, 3.1415926535897932384626433 times!

massrighty on March 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM

You’re being irrational.

BobMbx on March 14, 2010 at 6:16 PM

It then added: “Extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and storms will become more frequent and intense.”

Yes, Ed, this has been the consistent message from a preponderance of the scientific community for decades now. This isn’t something new.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Interesting that climate change in Britain will cause drought, while it caused unusually excessive precipitation over here in the US.

Different rules of physics for water in the UK?

ManUFan on March 14, 2010 at 2:09 PM

ManUFan,

Not different laws of physics; laws are laws everywhere. Just as weather and climate vary over the face of the globe, so too would the effects of a changing climate. Climate modelling predict that there will be generally more extremes.

For example, in my region of the country, we experienced four years of drought, with one year being a near-record. Immediately following that, we have experienced rainfall in abundance far above the historical average (even some record rainfalls).

Of course, one cannot state positively that the above is due to global climate change, as the science is not “settled”. But, climate scientists have warned that weather anomalies will increase, and the recent patterns in my region are not inconsistent with these warnings.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Oakland

Like flies to crap

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 6:47 PM

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

You really really really really need a life.

Why do you never answer my question? Do you have any other interests? What a bore.

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Oakland

Like flies to crap

CWforFreedom on March 14, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Stop paging baiting him ;-D

macncheez on March 14, 2010 at 6:49 PM

AGW has become the new joke of science. It has become the latest of an ever increasing series of embarrassments going back to Piltdown Man.

The scientists tell us to eat margarine instead of butter for a healthy heart, only to find that margarine is worse than butter in creating heart disease.

We find out that the H.pylori bacteria is the cause of most peptic ulcers decades after the scientist that originally proposed it was nearly laughed out the scientific community. Now we use antibiotics to cure ulcers instead of surgery after decades of cutting people up needlessly.

We find out that we need certain fats in our body to metabolize sugars and that the scientific romance with extremely low fat intake is actually increasing the number of diabetics.

The problem that we have today is science is all about money and the truth can be damned.

Hawthorne on March 14, 2010 at 8:31 PM

being a near-record
oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

“Records” of climate mean nothing in the scope of the age of the Earth.
Man’s puny ‘records’ of the climate are lame compared to the rock record.
Even the ice core record is a small amount of time when you compare it to rocks.
In ND we (hopefully) just got through experiencing a 10yr drought.
But then we live in the northern plains where periodic droughts are the norm. It’s cyclical here.
Course, 50 million years ago our ranch was under a warm shallow sea, with coal swamps flanking it & tropical flora & fauna.
My how times change.

Badger40 on March 14, 2010 at 8:37 PM

It then added: “Extreme weather conditions such as flooding, heat waves and storms will become more frequent and intense.”

Yes, Ed, this has been the consistent message from a preponderance of the scientific community for decades now. This isn’t something new.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM

A) It’s a preponderance of the climate change lobby and global warming scienticians. I have also found that a majority of astrologers believe in astrology.

B) A just released peer-reviewed (something new to the climate-change process) study shows that the frequency of anomalous weather occurrences is expected to decrease.

C) Even a cursory examination of the facts shows that while the globe may indeed be warming, it’s been doing so for a very long time, well before man-made increases in CO2.

D) The alleged increasing rate of warming can be logically and simply explained in ways that have absolutely nothing to do with CO2.

The facts don’t fit. It might feel good to be fighting the good fight to “save the planet” but it’s Quixotic and not worth my time or a dime of my money.

ROCnPhilly on March 14, 2010 at 8:44 PM

I’m sure those beings around at the cusp between an ice age and say the Medieval Warm Period no doubt thought the changes taking place before their eyes to be “extreme” if not worrying, wrath of God type stuff. You know pretty much how the warmists act now.

The span of human perceptive is severely limited. Again to speak with any authority on this subject one must establish what the ideal constant was before evil SUVs/humans breathing used to be.

Humans adapt and the planet really has no care about what it looks like or whats crawling upon it. It just is.

Sharr on March 14, 2010 at 8:46 PM

The warmists are like crop circle researchers in their belief in a discredited theory.

gbear on March 14, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Of course, one cannot state positively that the above is due to global climate change, as the science is not “settled”. But, climate scientists have warned that weather anomalies will increase, and the recent patterns in my region are not inconsistent with these warnings.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Nice to know that it’s officially NOT settled. There may be hope for you yet.

So tell your prophet Goracle to start over with all data-point and this time to be proactively transparent instead of proactively mandating cures. If the science IS then settled, the majority will believe it and adjust behavior accordingly and of their own freewill.

AH_C on March 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM

So tell your prophet Goracle to start over

I don’t get my cues from Al Gore, and never have. He is a propagandist, not a scientist.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM

But, climate scientists have warned that weather anomalies will increase, and the recent patterns in my region are not inconsistent with these warnings.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Earth, solar system & space are getting older, so what did anyone expect? Suspended animation?

It’s like saying the doctors have warned that as people age, behavior anomalies will increase, and the recent patterns in my parents’ behavior are not inconsistent with these warnings — it’s just that they can’t predict the anomalies until their onset. OTOH, it doesn’t take a doctor to know this, as anyone who’s been around long enough will tell you for free.

AH_C on March 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I think it’s time we ask the fraudsters what in the IPCC AR4 is true.

tarpon on March 15, 2010 at 12:37 AM

So tell your prophet Goracle to start over

I don’t get my cues from Al Gore, and never have. He is a propagandist, not a scientist.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM

So are the people at East Anglia who claim to have thrown out their records. (I have seen no evidence that the records existed in the first place.)

Slowburn on March 15, 2010 at 4:44 AM

In honor of true science and engineering, I wish you all a happy Pi day today.

TheBigOldDog on March 14, 2010 at 2:51 PM

If you had waited 9 minutes, and used military time, it would have been even more appropriate.

3:14:15

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Forgot. Just like I forgot about Mole day.
I’m really slipping on my nerd holidays.

Badger40 on March 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Isn’t that the day where the mole sticks his head out, and if he see’s his shadow, there’s 8 more weeks of winter?

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Not different laws of physics; laws are laws everywhere. Just as weather and climate vary over the face of the globe, so too would the effects of a changing climate. Climate modelling predict that there will be generally more extremes.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

The problem is that climate modeling predicts everything.

Then again, the models have been shown to be absolute garbage anyway.

Read the analysis of the CRU code that was leaked in climategate. The code wouldn’t get a passing grade in high school. Full of bugs, poorly documented, no version control, etc.

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I don’t get my cues from Al Gore, and never have. He is a propagandist, not a scientist.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM

If you believe in AGW, then neither are you.

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

No duh. Hopefully the moron press on this side of the pond will finally figure this out.

prince of dorkness on March 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Nope. They may stop doing AGW stories at some point, but they’ll probably never comment on the many holes that have been poked in the theory.

hawksruleva on March 15, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Not different laws of physics; laws are laws everywhere. Just as weather and climate vary over the face of the globe, so too would the effects of a changing climate. Climate modelling predict that there will be generally more extremes.

oakland on March 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

You mean the climate modelling that doesn’t account for the effect of cloud cover on surface temperatures? Assuming clouds have no effect on surface temps shows just how simplistic those models really are.

hawksruleva on March 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Read the analysis of the CRU code that was leaked in climategate. The code wouldn’t get a passing grade in high school. Full of bugs, poorly documented, no version control, etc.

I’d like to see this analysis. Where might I find it? Online? Website?

If you believe in AGW, then neither are you.

Never said I was.

oakland on March 15, 2010 at 4:12 PM