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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Climate and ecological emergency (topical debate)

  Robert Rowland (NI). – Madam President, all the debates on climate change speak of the apocalyptic consequences if we don’t drastically change our energy sources and lifestyles. The same alarmism was present at the 1988 Toronto summit, which compared climate change to nuclear war. It predicted temperatures would rise between 1.5 and 4.5°C by 2030. We are now over two thirds of the way through that period and we’ve seen a rise of only 0.25°C.

In the 1970s, scientists told us we were entering into a new mini-Ice Age and they came up with the genius idea of dumping ash from power stations on the polar ice caps. Clearly their temperature models were wrong then, and they’re wrong now. There is, frankly, more credibility with the theories such as sunspots, the Milankovitch cycle and orbital variations than there is with anthropogenic warming, but by far the biggest impact of climate policies is on energy costs, living standards and the economy.

Simply put: decarbonisation is deindustrialisation. It amounts to unilateral disarmament. These policies replace the enormous tax revenues generated from fossil fuels, with taxpayer subsidies for rent-seeking renewable companies that generate no tax receipts to fund public services. This time will be remembered as history’s most expensive virtue signal ever committed knowingly by government.

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