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Dangerous Davis attacks green targets

02 Dec 2009, by in Environment

Refreshed after “taking out” climate change on Question Time last week (with his fellow panelist Melanie Phillips), David Davis has today attacked the “fixation of the green movement with setting ever tougher targets”. Apparently, setting ever tougher targets is a policy “destined to collapse”, with “crippling costs for the economy”.

The ex-shadow cabinet member and former party leadership challenger joins ranks with Ken Clark, who said recently “Those few wild and open spaces that we have left in Britain should not be used for wind turbines.”

If the public remains sceptical about the science of climate change, it’s due in no small part to the disproportionate air time given to commentators such as these with nothing of substance to add. OK, perhaps people in general don’t have the time of opportunity to read the IPCC’s report. But what are politicians for if they don’t take the time to look at evidence?

He might want to take a look to evidence close to home. Perhaps Cockermouth. Or the UK Climate Impacts Programme website. All areas of the UK get warmer by mid-century, and the warming is greater in summer than in winter. Precipitation (rain, hail, snow etc) is likely more often in the winter, with drier summers, for much of the UK. If countryside residents are anxious to protect their “chocolate box” views, as Prescott argued, the chocolate will melt in the summers of the future.

Or pehaps re-read Aleena Maunga’s poem from the Cook Islands, which we blogged recently: “Where will I go, the sea is rising.”

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