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Sceptics scorn climate report prediction of global chaos

Even before the government’s comprehensive report on the global economic impact of climate change is published later today, rightwing commentators and bloggers on both sides of the Atlantic have already begun rubbishing its contents.

The Stern review, which was commissioned by the Treasury and carried out by the former World Bank chief economist Sir Nicholas Stern, is expected to say that the world economy faces an economic downturn comparable to the great depression of the 1930s if it fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

But it is already easy to find a foretaste of the debate that is sure to accompany Sir Nicholas’s US tour to present his report to political and business leaders there.

Under the headline Bad Climate Science Yields Worse Economics, Stephen Milloy, who is a scholar with the rightwing thinktank the Cato Institute, wrote on his “junkscience” blog: “The British government is preparing to fire a new round of global warming alarmism at the US next week.” The piece, which also appears on the Fox News website, dismisses the study as “[Al] Gore’s junk science shaping Stern’s junk economics”.

The Guardian



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