ABD Comment on ASA CO₂ Adverts Adjudication
ASA and DECC rely on discredited IPCC report to support ruling on ‘Act on CO₂’ adverts
The Association of British Drivers welcomes the fact that two Government newspaper adverts have been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for exaggerating the dangers of projected future climate change. The ASA have also referred the TV advert to OfCom for potentially breaching a ban on political advertising 1
. However, we are disappointed, but not surprised, that the adjudication on the Act On CO₂
TV advertisements relies heavily on evidence from the discredited Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as does the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), in its defence against over 900 complaints about the theory of man-made global warming being presented as fact.
ABD Environment spokesman Paul Biggs said
“The ASA and the DECC have ignored a succession of recent damaging scientific 'errors' and scandals such as 'Climategate', where it is clear that the scientific publication and IPCC processes have been 'nobbled' by a small group of politically biased scientists. The IPCC is therefore discredited as being 'authoritative' on climate alarmism. Even the United Nations has called for a full review of the IPCC's operations, as have several lead authors of the 2007 IPCC Report. The use of debunked alarmism by the DECC, such as the 2003 European heat wave 2 and the Naomi Oreskes essay on scientific consensus 3, is particularly annoying. In truth, no links have been established in the scientific literature between man-made CO₂ emissions, global warming, and increased losses due to natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. 4”
“Man-made global warming remains an unproven computer modelled theory that is being used for a variety of financial and political agendas by the three main political parties. It is disgraceful that taxpayers' money is being spent on this propaganda in a cynical attempt to soften up the driving public for yet more unjustified taxes on cars and their fuel.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. Sunday Times - Ed Miliband's adverts banned for overstating climate change
N.B.The Sunday Times has ignored the ASA Embargo of 00.01 Wednesday 17th March 2010.
2. Chase et al. (2008) conclude, along with others, that the unusual 2003 heat wave was the result of surface processes and not a general warming of the troposphere as would be expected in a global warming scenario.
3. Survey - Less Than Half of all Published Scientists Endorse Global Warming Theory
Excerpt of Oreskes response to Roger Pielke Jr: “Pielke suggests that I claimed that there are no papers in the climate literature that disagree with the consensus. Not so. I simply presented the research result that a sample based on the keywords ‘global climate change’ did not reveal any, suggesting that the existing scientific dissent has been greatly exaggerated and confirming that the statements and reports of leading scientific organizations — including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences — accurately reflect the evidence presented in the scientific literature. Pielke is quite right that understanding the results of scientific research does not implicate us in any particular course of action and the purpose of my Essay was not to advocate either for or against the Kyoto accords or any other particular policy response.”
4. Roger Pielke Jr: Castles built on sand
“The claims made by the IPCC about the relationship of disasters and climate change, expressed most clearly in the figure above, were not simply made in violation of IPCC procedures. The claims were not just wrong. The claims were based on knowledge that just doesn't exist.”
Notes for Editors about the ABD