Our Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, is misplacing his welly again. Tom Bawden at the Independent tells us that Mr Paterson has said, ‘Climate change? People get very emotional about the subject. It’s not all bad.’ What planet are you on, Mr Paterson?
Mr Bawden tells us, ‘Professor Myles Allen of Oxford University, one of the lead authors of the report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said: “[Mr Paterson’s statement] is not consistent with the report at all… I find it very worrying that this person is charged with adapting [Britain] to climate change. I think it is a good idea for whoever is planning for adaptation to have a realistic understanding of what the science is saying…”
‘Asked to respond to widespread accusations that he is a climate sceptic, Mr Paterson [said]… “This is an area of science which like any other should be approached rationally and with an open mind.”’
Your mind doesn’t seem very open, does it Mr Paterson? If you want rational thought, listen to Prof Allen and to our Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Mark Walport, among many others.