The appliance of science

Personally, I blame Hans Christian Andersen for Ian Flintoff's scepticism (Letters, 20 November) about the threat of climate change being to do with excess energy usage. "Naive and bad science", he calls it. And doubtless, if you were brought up being read stories about the clever little boy who spotted that the Danish king's new clothes consisted of his birthday suit alone, you might also be inclined to relish dismissing the whole concept out of hand.

It is very quixotically attractive to think that all the 3,000 or more scientists involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change over the past decade may have concluded wrongly. And that, therefore, burning so many fossil fuels wastefully is not mucking up the climate. However, given the options, I think I would rather not risk it.

Andrew Warren
Association for the Conservation of Energy
London N1

This article first appeared in the 04 December 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Goodbye to the dirty mac image