Thursday, 25 October 2012

Huppert Calls For Climate Change Debate After Clarke’s Blog


Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has called for a Parliamentary debate on evidence informed policy after Cambridgeshire County Council Leader, Nick Clarke doubted the existence of global warming.

Julian challenged Andrew Lansley, Leader of the House of Commons on whether he agreed with Cllr Clarke’s view today (Thursday, October 25).

He told Mr Lansley that Cllr Clarke had written that global warming may not exist and if it does it is not caused by human activity.

“He describes it as a theory espoused by Bourgeois left wing academics,” he said. “Does the Leader of the House join me in condemning this irresponsible and anti-scientific position and will he find time for a debate on evidence informed policy?”

Mr Lansley refused to back Cllr Clarke’s view on climate change but defended his right to have his own opinion.

Referring to the work of the scientists at the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey, Mr Lansley said that when one speaks to them it “amply illustrates the character of climate change, what is going on and indeed the threat that it poses”.

Cllr Clarke said in his blog that climate change science was “not backed up with facts” after Met Office figures showed there had been no discernible rise in global temperatures in the last 16 years.

Later Julian said: “I am pleased that Mr Lansley does not feel that Cllr Clarke spoke for all Conservatives in doubting the existence of global warming.

“Cllr Clarke and his Conservatives on the county council have made it abundantly clear in recent months that they don’t take this threat seriously. This flies in the face of scientific evidence and I hope the government will take the opportunity to debate this issue so that this evidence can be brought to the fore.”