Climate sceptics drop in

2011-12-06 07:21

Climate sceptics have also made it to Durban.

Today at 11am, climate sceptic skydivers, from the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), will parachute onto Toti beach in Amanzimtoti, aiming to attract attention to the newest batch of hacked “Climategate” emails.

The original Climategate – emails revealing the alleged manipulation of climate data by scientists – made waves before the 2009 Copenhagen conference.

The second round of the hacked climate emails has hardly been noticed.

Climate sceptics say the emails show that climate-change scientists conspired together.

CFACT is one of the heavy hitters in the world of climate change denialists. Its board of academic and scientific advisers is loaded with climate sceptics and industry funded scientists.

It was founded in 1985 and has been heavily funded in the past by big oil companies such as Exxon.

One of the parachuters will apparently be controversial British climate sceptic Lord Christopher Monckton.

But Toti beach is a considerable distance from the International Conference Centre in Durban, and it remains to be seen who will be there to witness the stunt.

“Media covering COP-17 are kidding themselves if they think they can ignore and wish away Climategate 2.0,” said CFACT executive director Craig Rucker.

“Lord Monckton, the folks from Climate Depot and I will carry our message by parachute if that’s what it takes to wake up this conference and place the Climategate evidence of corrupted science where the world must see it.”

Rucker further noted that “the release of these emails is yet another major setback for alarmists who are hyping fears over climate change in order to exercise influence over ever-increasing segments of the US and world economy”.

CFACT claims to be a fully accredited non-governmental organisation at the COPs, but opposes any action to combat climate change and calls the talks “alarmist”.

“The real agenda of the climate alarmists is to promote massively expanded government regulation worldwide, at the expense of jobs creation and economic growth,” Rucker said.

The CFACT press release stated: “Gandhi told us: ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’ CFACT’s parachute drop will force the media to cease ignoring the evidence.

CFACT looks forward to winning.”

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