MEP starts billboard campaign against climate ‘non-problem’
AN East Midlands Euro MP has launched a campaign against what he calls “climate hysteria” – the belief that human activity is causing global warming.
Conservative politician Roger Helmer has long fought against policies which mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or impose ‘green taxes’ which fund measures to fight climate change.
But his new campaign, which he launched yesterday, will now see him set up billboards in big cities around the country with the slogan “Green Climate Change Policies: Probably Unnecessary, Certainly Ineffectual, Ruinously Expensive”.
Mr Helmer said: “In the last hundred years, average global temperature has risen a mere 0.7 degrees Celsius. There is ample evidence that results from ground-based weather stations have been contaminated by urban sprawl, tarmac, car parks, vehicles, buildings and air-conditioning units.
“Temperature data from satellites over the last 30 years show some warming, but less than that from ground stations,” he said.
“This slight 0.7 degree rise is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term, natural climate cycles.”
Controversial MEP Mr Helmer has organised seminars in the European Parliament on the issue, attended conferences in the UK and the USA and published books, a booklet and a DVD on the subject, entitled “Straight Talking on Climate Change”.
He is currently also on his way to the UN Climate Conference in Cancun, Mexico, which started on Monday, November 29 and will run until Friday.
He argues that the public are tired of being blamed for “a non-problem” and are especially reluctant to pay green taxes and higher power bills to combat climate change.
Mr Helmer added yesterday that the icy temperatures which recently prevented his billboards being erected on time served to highlight his claim that green policies are “probably unnecessary”.
A spokesperson from the Department for Energy and Climate Change said: “The 2007 Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change leaves no doubt that human activity is the main cause of the warming observed over the last 100 years, particularly over the last 50 years.
“The main human influence on global climate is the emission of so called greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.”
The spokesperson added that at present over 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide were emitted globally each year by burning fossil fuels, and another seven billion tonnes by changes in land use, mainly through deforestation.