Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Confirmation of a liberal conspiracy

Professor Keith Clayton CBE, who died on 12th February, was a Liberal Democrat councillor on Broadland District Council for four years after his retirement from academia. But of course he is deservedly better known as the man who helped set up the pioneering Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Fellow-professor Tim O'Riordan is quoted in The Independent: "The science of maintaining the planet largely began here in Norwich with Keith. More people than we realise owe a great debt to him, and I certainly was one of those. He set a trend which dozens of campuses are only now seeking to emulate. He broke the mould of single subject science and opened up an era of coordinated and communicative science which embraced all manner of people throughout the world."

Far from being defensive in the face of baying from vested interests in the States that global warming is a liberal conspiracy, we should proclaim the fact that sound science and progressive policies to implement it come together in this party.

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