Climate Minister: Britons Are ‘Inherently Sceptical’ Of Climate Science And Politics
Thursday, 17 June 2010 08:49 Hayden Smith, Metro
High levels of scepticism and indifference among Britons continue to dog efforts to get the country to go greener, a Europe-wide study has concluded.
We continue to lag behind other major nations in our attitude to and appetite for tackling climate change. Less than a third of Britons believe the issue is ‘serious and urgent’ and requires ‘radical steps’.
A similar number of people doubt whether climate change is happening at all, according to the study.
This scepticism has contributed to the 2.1 tonnes of CO2 generated per house each year from electricity use – the highest of all ten countries examined by researchers at Imperial College London.
A little more than half of Britons are ‘quite’ or ‘very concerned’ about climate change. In contrast in Spain, which topped the poll, three-quarters said they were at least quite concerned. [Climate Change Minister] Greg Barker said he was encouraged by nine in ten Britons saying they would make changes if given financial support.
‘I think the British are inherently quite sceptical about theoretical politics and science and maybe a little more cautious than some countries in Europe,’ he said.
‘But I am convinced British people want to do something about it.’
Prof Nigel Brandon of ICL said the study, commissioned by EDF Energy for Green Britain Day, said: ‘It all helps to build a more complete picture of how habits follow attitudes when it comes to the environment.’
Britain came sixth in the poll of 5,700 people across Europe.
‘But I am convinced British people want to do something about it.’ Wat een grappenmaker.
Het publiek heeft de AGW-hoax inmiddels achter zich gelaten, maar deze figuur gaat onverdroten verder. Wanneer zal het kwartje wél vallen?
Wow, wow, wow.. let's break things down here. Manmade Climate Change (Greenhouse gases etc) are the points at stake here. Every planet in the Universe is under a constant state of climate change due to their sun/s and/or chemical composition. The skepticism shared between the British public is due to ignorance and laziness, not because they realise a group of businessmen are paying off failed scientists to prove a theory beyond reasonable doubt for financial gain. Industries worldwide are already paying through the nose during a worldwide financial crisis to fight a theory known as Manmade Climate Change, the Carbon Trade Scheme is run by some of the World's most prominent business men, not scientists or professors. The future oil crisis and the other bi-products of burning fossil fuels are a REAL concern – the hijacking of the CO2 and methane release are a convenient part of a multi-billion dollar money making idea on the backs of an uninformed public and industrial sector. SHOW UNDENIABLE PROOF OF THE MANMADE CLIMATE CHANGE THEORY OR NO TAX/ CARBON TRADING SCHEME FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN AND MY CHILDREN'S CHILDREN. DONE.
Alan Thorpe, professor of meteorology at the University of Reading and Chief Executive of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, commented on The Great Global Warming Swindle documentary in New Scientist. He wrote, "First, let's deal with the main thesis: that the presence or absence of cosmic rays in Earth's atmosphere is a better explanation for temperature variation than the concentration of CO2 and other gases. This is not a new assertion and it is patently wrong: there is no credible evidence that cosmic rays play a significant role…Let scepticism reign, but let's not play games with the evidence."
There you have it straight from their own mouths: "there is no credible evidence that cosmic rays play a significant role" – When there is no credible scientific evidence to prove that CO2 and methane are contributing factors to climate change. Infact, there is alot of evidence to suggest this relation is a load of old pants designed during Al Gore style business meetings.