Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to The Express, a popular daily British newspaper;
Following the tensions between Ed Miliband and his elder brother David that dogged the party – after they ran against each other in the last Labour leadership election – the current front-runner to replace Ed as Labour leader could yet face his own fraternal headache.
In stark contrast to his younger sibling, Piers Corbyn, 68, has made no secret of his dislike for “global warming hysteria” and has built a reputation as one of Britain’s most vocal climate change sceptics.
The Corbyn brothers disagree wildly on environmental issues, with the left-wing Islington North MP and Labour leadership front-runner a keen supporter of green issues.
Jeremy, 66, was one of more than 400 MPs who signed an parliamentary Early Day Motion on climate change, leading to the 2008 Climate Change Act and ambitious carbon reduction targets for 2050.
He has also taken a lead in campaigning on the issue, including taking part in a mass climate change lobby outside parliament in May.
Piers, who has now built a career as a long-range climate and weather forecaster, served as a councillor in the 1980s but quit the Labour Party in 2002.
As The Express indicates, this sadly doesn’t herald an immediate major change in the British political landscape regarding climate change. However, it probably doesn’t hurt to have someone close to a person who may become the next Prime Minister of Britain, who understands the issues.
Piers Corbyn is a controversial figure. His weather prediction claims have attracted strong criticism from WUWT. On the other hand, Piers is undoubtably a significant thorn in the side of the British climate establishment. For a while he was the go to guy for climate stories, back when British producers tried to show different points of view. Given that Piers’ brother Jeremy achieved such political prominence, we can probably expect to see more of Piers in the British media.
Piers also got a mention in the Climategate archive, an intriguing email which suggests that many people in the climate establishment are very hostile to nuclear power, despite nuclear being a totally obvious solution to the CO2 problem they allege we are experiencing.
PS Britain seems to have found it’s Pat Michaels/Fred Singer/Bob Balling/
Dick Lindzen. Our population is only 25 % of yours so we only get 1 for
every 4 you have. His name in case you should come across him is
Piers Corbyn. He is nowhere near as good as a couple of yours and he’s
an utter prat but he’s getting a lot of air time at the moment. For his
day job he teaches physics and astronomy at a University and he predicts
the weather from solar phenomena. He bets on his predictions months
ahead for what will happen in Britain. He now believes he knows all
there is to know about the global warming issue. He’s not all bad as
he doesn’t have much confidence in nuclear-power safety. Always says
that at the begining of his interviews to show he’s not all bad !
Dr Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit