Global warming is not happening but we have a moral responsibility to make sure it does.
So said controversial weather almanac author Ken Ring to an audience of about 50 people at his book promotion in New Plymouth yesterday.
Mr Ring taught himself to predict weather years in advance using calculations based on the movements of the moon and for the past 10 years he has put those predictions in a book, this year retailing at $44.99.
His predictions for this month are a lot of rain on October 24 and if you have something planned for the first 11 days of February 2009, cancel them and prepare for flooding.
He is passionate about his system and equally passionate about debunking global warming.
"Please tell your children to stop worrying. The planet is fine. Enjoy the planet. That what it is here for."
He said the planet's weather systems could never be affected by carbon dioxide emissions and it would not make any difference if all the CO2 currently stored in wood, coal and fossil fuels was released in the atmosphere all at once.
Even if it did, he said a warmer planet was not something to be afraid of. "We have a moral responsibility to create global warming because we need a warmer planet. We really do. A warmer world is better. Really. Life likes warmth."
Mr Ring moved quickly and enthusiastically through his 90-minute talk about the weather, asking people to save their questions for the end.
During the talk he shared his beliefs on a wide variety of subjects.
These included the pre-Maori colonisation of New Zealand by a stone circle building people, the reasons for some plane crashes and that human civilisation has been going for close to a million years, rather than the widely thought 70,000.
Well-known New Plymouth seadog Dave Chadfield said people who needed to know about the weather for their job knew it was affected by the moon.
"All the cockies should get a copy so they can book their hay making machines now," he said.
Inglewood's Hilary Frewin said she believed Mr Ring was genuine and would be using the almanac to help plan cycling trips. She too believed that global warming was not happening.
"It's just scientists feathering their own nests," she said.
- Taranaki Daily News
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