Good heavens! You’re the Environment Minister..

To paraphrase Matthew Parris.. The DUP’s Sammy Wilson kicked off his new role as Environment Minister by making some provocative comments about climate change. Although it’s worth noting that no-one that I’m aware of seriously claims that “all of that climate change is due to CO2 emmissions.” But the scientific climate models do indicate and, in its 4th report the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [official IPCC website here] – which bases its assessment mainly on peer reviewed and published scientific literature – concluded that, “Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (human) greenhouse gas concentrations.” The new minister also makes an unfortunate slip in the interview when [approx 5mins in] he says that he wants to be judged on his actions as a minister and that he intends to take “decisions which are balanced, which balance development with protection of the economy..” I think you mean balanced with ‘protection of the environment‘, Environment Minister.. Then there’s the quadruple jobbing..