Wow, this is just bonkers.
Lewandowsky and Cook would have a field day with this one, except, Dr. Wadhams is on their team (the warmist team) and thus would never think about accusing the good doctor of such psychological aberrations.
It’s a Big Oil conspiracy! The possible murder of three fellow warmists may be connected, says Cambridge University Dr. Peter Wadhams according to this story in the Telegraph:
Professor Peter Wadhams said he feared being labelled a “looney” over his suspicion that the deaths of the scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence.
But he insisted the trio could have been murdered and hinted that the oil industry or else sinister government forces might be implicated.
Asked who might have wanted them out the way, he replied: “I can only think of the oil lobby but I don’t think the oil lobby goes around killing people.”
Big Oil must be omnipotent, as the evil oily elite were apparently able to arrange a targeted lightning strike:
The three scientists he identified – Seymour Laxon and Katherine Giles, both climate change scientists at University College London, and Tim Boyd of the Scottish Association for marine Science – all died within the space of a few months in early 2013.
Professor laxon fell down a flight of stairs at a New year’s Eve party at a house in Essex while Dr Giles died when she was in collision with a lorry when cycling to work in London. Dr Boyd is thought to have been struck by lightning while walking in Scotland.
Apparently, it gets worse:
Prof Wadhams added: “I thought if it was somebody assassinating them could it be one of our people doing it and that would be even more frightening. I thought it would be better not to touch this with a barge pole.”
His suspicions drew outrage on Saturday from Prof Laxon’s partner, who was also a close friend of Dr Giles. When told what Prof Wadhams had said, Fiona Strawbridge, head of e-Learning at UCL, replied: “Good god. All of this is completely outrageous and very distressing.”
Why yes, yes it is. And here Lewandowsky and Cook have a peer reviewed paper telling the world that its’s the climate skeptics that are the conspiracy nuts to be feared. I guess they forgot to look within their own peer group.
When you believe stuff like that, it’s easy to believe your own theories of climate catastrophe. Such as Wadhams big Arctic collapse prediction in 2012:
One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years…
Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for “urgent” consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures…
“This collapse, I predicted would occur in 2015-16 at which time the summer Arctic (August to September) would become ice-free. The final collapse towards that state is now happening and will probably be complete by those dates”.
Readers may recall we noted Dr. Wadhams forecast was about to be falsified, so he moved the goalposts:
Over the past few years the Arctic expert, Professor Peter Wadhams, has strongly predicted an ‘ice-free’ Arctic no later than 2016. Late this year he changed it to 2020 without apparently giving an explanation.
You can watch his latest set of wacky Wadham predictions below.
NOTE: This post was updated about 30 minutes after publication to include the scan from the Saturday Times, rather that the satirical news channel image featuring professor Wadhams.