A High Court forenoonRichard Treadgold | July 16, 2012
A group of unknown people protested our case this morning at the High Court. Although they handed out copies of this amusing letter they remain unidentified. I wonder who they are?
They single out two leading members of the NZ Climate Science Coalition: Honorary Secretary Terry Dunleavy and Energy Spokesman Bryan Leyland.
An Open Letter and Appeal to Lords Terence Dunleavy and Bryan Leyland of the Climate Science Education Trust
On this day 16 July in the year 2012 in the Northern Township of Auckland, Middle Earth
On the Occasion of the Lords’ Good Endeavours to Strike Down the temperature muddlings of the Dark Lords of the National Institution of Water and Atmosphere in the High Court of our Land
Hear Ye Honourable and Esteemed Lords of Middle Earth
We of the Flat Earth Society would like to extend to you a hand of friendship and solidarity… etc., etc.
It’s an attractive, fairly consistent piece of wordsmithing, almost worthy of former ages that valued speech for its beauty before its utility. In a sensible society, entirely the right way around.
But although they provided a moment of light relief it’s a great pity they’re under so many delusions, not least that the Coalition is intent on demolishing the notion of global warming under the persistent power of its denial of truth.
Pish-tosh: of course we’re not.
For one thing, the NZ temperature record says little about global warming other than claiming (under the influence of NIWA) that we had 50% more of it than the rest of the globe. Really?
For another, we’re asking for more accuracy, not less. We’re asking the judge to agree there are flaws in the national temperature record and to require NIWA to fix them.
Finally, if these protesters really are the Flat Earth Society as they claim, we are the intelligent minority pointing out to them its proper shape. They should give up their beloved, familiar flatness and embrace the cool new rotundity of the natural globe.
I spent just over two hours observing in court today and it was a fairly technical period so I won’t bore you with an account. Tomorrow morning should be more interesting, when Terry Sissons, counsel for the Climate Science Educational Trust (CSET), sums up and then NIWA’s counsel kicks off its defence.
To my knowledge, the court case has been mentioned at the following places: