On a related matter, noted environmental expert and climatologist Glenn Beck is promoting his own retort to the whole climate change debate, a piece called "Exposed: The Climate of Fear" to be aired on May 2nd on Headline Prime.
For the uninitiated, Beck is a conservative American radio and television personality - a species related to Nancy Grace, Rush Limbaugh etc.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm all for serious, rational scientific debate on any issue. But Beck has a track record of being neither serious nor rational nor scientific. Want some examples?
Here's Beck's comment on Al Gore and his documentary An Inconvenient Truth, aired on his national radio programme on June 7, 2006:
"See, when you take a little bit of truth and then you mix it with untruth, or your theory, that's where you get people to believe. You know? It's like Hitler. Hitler said a little bit of truth, and then he mixed in "and it's the Jews' fault." "
Want some more? On June 14/06 Beck provided his analysis of Gore's assertion that global warming could cause Shanghai to become submerged:
"This is what would happen to Shanghai. Does anybody really care? I mean, come on. Shanghai is under water. Oh, no! Who's gonna make those little umbrellas for those tropical drinks?"
I suppose this puts Minister Baird in a bit of a pickle. I mean if Al Gore is like Hitler, should Baird be disappointed or pleased that Gore thinks his plan is a "fraud"?