“Misleading arguments 4”

Despite signing an Early Day Motion calling on the government to introduce a Climate Change Bill “so that annual cuts in carbon dioxide emissions of 3 per cent. can be delivered in a framework that includes regular reporting and new scrutiny and corrective processes”, Northern Ireland Environment Minister, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson, has told the Assembly’s Environment Committee that he will now vote against that Bill.

Mr Wilson added: “I will be voting against the Climate Change Bill. The reasoning behind the Climate Change Bill is this fixation that somehow, whether or if you reduce Co2 emissions, you will change the world’s climate and there’s absolutely no consensus that that is the case.

There is a consensus 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.” But Sammy Wilson apparently believes it’s a conspiracy.. [Does he know the tinfoil doesn’t work? – Ed] As I’ve said before, it might help any local conversation if the new Environment Minister would provide some detail of the evidence on which he bases his beliefs.. He could start by reading the Royal Society’s Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Change [pdf file] which addresses some of the specific claims he’s made so far. Updated Royal Society link Climate Change Controversies – a simple guide. [pdf file]