London, 17 Nov 2005.
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Press Release

Not Gridlock, Freezelock
As the global warming industry continues to champion hotter summers and milder winters, there is convincing evidence that natural and inevitable climate change is about to lead to a period of colder weather and a series of very cold winters. There have been recent warnings of the possibility that the winter of 2005/6 may be severe (1). However due to changes in solar activity that go beyond the 11-year visible sunspot variation to the longer Gleissberg cycle, a period involving cooler winters is likely to persist and culminate around 2030 (2).
ABD Environment Spokesman, Ben Adams, comments
"Governments are drunk on the revenue from fertile but futile carbon taxes such as car tax, fuel duty and the climate change levy, while their advisers — who are showing a remarkable lack of the political independence and objectivity frequently claimed for them (3) — continue to focus on carbon dioxide emissions.
This is at a time when there are clear signs that the media coverage of climate change is fundamentally out of balance, supporting the IPCC view while a large body of peer-reviewed scientific research covering more than 25 years remains largely ignored (4). The resulting prospect of our already crumbling transport network freezing solid should be sufficient grounds for Ministers to review their predictable emissionary position immediately."
Rather than pay attention to the IPCC's expensive but flawed computer models, which produce 'storylines' that are at least politically correct, governments should look instead to evidence showing the real climate forcings which are objective and based on data. Failure to do so, by maintaining the current King Canute approach, will be disastrous for the nation's health (5) due to lack of preparation, and economic prosperity through transport and energy crises (6).

Notes for Editors:
(1) The Met Office has predicted that there is a 60% chance of the UK being plunged into a freezing winter, particularly in the south. The last really cold winter was in 1963.
(3) IPCC Lead Author and hurricane expert Chris Landsea recently resigned, saying "I personally cannot in good faith continue to contribute to a process that I view as both being motivated by pre-conceived agendas and being scientifically unsound" and in contrast to formal IPCC pronouncements Landsea adds "The IPCC assessments in 1995 and 2001 also concluded that there was no global warming signal found in the hurricane record " see
(4) Schuurmans, 1979; Bucha 1983; Herman and Goldberg, 1983; Neubauer 1983; Prohaska and Willett, 1983; Fairbridge and Shirley, 1987; Friis-Christensen and Lassen, 1991; Labitzke and van Loon, 1993; Haigh, 1996; Baliunas and Soon, 1995; Friis-Christensen and Lassen, 1995; Lau and Weng, 1995; Lean et al, 1995; Hoyt and Schatten, 1997; Reid, 1997; Soon et al. 1996; Svensmark and Friis-Christensen, 1997; White et al. 1997; Cliver et al., 1998; Balachandran et al., 1999; Fischer et al. 1999; Petit et al. 1999; Shindell et al., 1999; van Geel et al., 1999; Berner, 2000; Egorova et al., 2000; Indermuhle et al. 2000; Palle Bago and Butler, 2000; Tinsley, 2000; Yokoyama et al. 2000; Hodell et al. 2001, Landscheidt 2001; Monnin et al. 2001; Mudelsee 2001; Neff et al., 2001; Rozelot, 2001; Udelhofen and Cess, 2001; Pang and Yau, 2002; Caillon et al. 2003; Christy and Norris, 2004.
(5) In a severe winter compared to a mild one, approximately 20,000 more people in the UK die prematurely. The 'normal' unacceptable death toll for an average winter is approximately 20,000 (Age Concern).



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