December 18, 2006

If David Bellamy's an environmentalist, I'm a nuclear physicist

David BellamyI know nothing about nuclear physics. Nor, it seems, does David Bellamy know anything about science. Because he’s still banging on about the “myth” of global warming.

Now that’s fine. He’s entitled to have alternative views. But every time he appears on television (as he has today) he is labelled an “Environmentalist”. I can see where the second bit of the word comes from, but not the “Environ” bit.

He’s popped up today to say how environmentally-unfriendly wind farms are. I’ll repeat that sentence just so you’re clear on where he stands.

He’s popped up today to say how environmentally-unfriendly wind farms are.

Writing in 2004 in the Daily Mail, who know a thing or two about dodgy science, he wrote:

Global warming – at least the modern nightmare version – is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists.

The only science he quotes comes from the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, who Sourcewatch have written about. It seems they’re a bunch of serial nutters who lie about their credentials and are about as scientific as Lembit Opik.

George Monbiot had a bit of correspondence with Bellamy in 2004, and I agree wholeheartedly with what he had to say:

You claim that you are still an environmentalist, yet the harm you have done to environmentalism over the past few months is incalculable. May I respectfully suggest that you brush up on the science (and I mean all the science, not just a few selected studies of the kind you cite) and talk to some mainstream climatologists (not just the cranks whose work you champion) before writing any more on this topic?

More of the same, and Bellamy’s reply here

And may I take this opportunity to respectfully ask the BBC and others to stop putting Bellamy’s nonsensical diatribes on TV and find some credible opponents to wind-farms who can actually come up with an alternative idea.

I’m personally excited about the “offshore wind farms project” that’s been given the green light today. It’ll power up to 1,000,000 homes at a time. It’s only a small part of what’s needed, but at least we’re moving forward rather than watching our career slide into the abyss like David Bellamy.

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  1. I haven’t seen him on tele for a while, but I know he’s against windfarms. I have no idea why though. The only thing to do with it I’ve seen is someone with a big photo of a turbine on fire. Which if it does occur out in the North Sea, isn’t really going to be too dangerous…

    18 Dec 2006, 22:32

  2. I’ve not read Bellamy’s Daily Mail contribution, but I’m familiar with the tone he takes and agree with the vast majority of the scientific community that, as a self-proclaimed “expert”, Bellamy is a waste of space and his opinions are simply wrong.

    However, media and public understanding of the generating capacity of wind farms (all wind turbines, in fact, especially the domestic kits being sold by various DIY retail stores) does fall woefully short. It’s well worth your while reading Chris Sigournay’s recent article. Only the last paragraph introduces personal opinion – the rest is pretty incontrovertable and should be understood by more people.

    18 Dec 2006, 22:34

  3. andy robinson

    The wind industry is not telling the whole story.I would like to know where the experts are!What I do know is that we must all learn to conserve and wind power is going down the tubes.

    21 Dec 2006, 21:43

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