Politician-lite in weekend mismatch

Posted on timeOctober 30th, 2006 by userPali Gap

…and in the red corner we have a young ambitious British politician – Environment Secretary David Miliband:

“I think that the scientific debate has now closed on global warming, and the popular debate is closing as well” (Miliband on Sky News television).

And in the blue corner Richard Lindzen – Arthur P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (bit of a weight mismatch eh?):

“Yes, there does appear to be warming, but the amount is hardly certain or indisputable. And the amount found does not appear that alarming. The alarm, I would suppose, comes from the notoriously inadequate climate models…for those who enthuse over the regulatory state, the possibility of regulating breathing must be like a dream come true. Under the circumstances, perhaps we should be suspicious of the dishonourable tradition of establishing the alleged truth of global warming by constant repetition, while ignoring reality” (Sunday Telegraph Oct 29 2006).

Continuing his disingenuous political posturing Miliband went on to harangue the United States as a “major emitter” like China and India that needs to get on board.

Get on board what?

Friends Of The Earth report that new Government energy figures show that under Miliband’s Labour government UK Carbon dioxide emissions rose in the first half of 2006, and are now at their highest level since Labour came to power.

And what of the European Union? No small “carbon footprint” there!

I see Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas is saying that CO2 emission plans he has received from 17 EU countries show that they are preparing to release some 15% more greenhouse gases in 2008-2012 than they did in 2005-2007.


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