Friday, July 18, 2014

Ousted Owen's outing...

An outing in the 'day out' meaning I hasten to add! The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, the former (since earlier this week!**) Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will be giving the annual lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) on 15th October (Institution of Mechanical Engineers by invitation only). Should be interesting!

The GWPF was founded by Lord Lawson amongst others but due to this has a reputation of being purely 'climate sceptic'; however it has "developed a distinct set of principles that set us apart from most other stakeholders in the climate debates:
  • The GWPF does not have an official or shared view about the science of global warming – although we are of course aware that this issue is not yet settled.
  • On climate science, our members and supporters cover a broad range of different views, from the IPCC position through agnosticism to outright scepticism.
  • Our main focus is to analyse global warming policies and their economic and other implications. Our aim is to provide the most robust and reliable economic analysis and advice.
  • We regard observational evidence and understanding the present as more important and more reliable than computer modelling or predicting the distant future.
Above all we seek to inform the media, politicians and the public, in a newsworthy way, on the subject in general and on the misinformation to which they are all too frequently being subjected at the present time."

** It seems a pity, he was obviously a good Environment Minister ("best in a generation" perhaps) and "is one of a tiny number of genuine countrymen in modern politics" (Peter Oborne, DT). Plus he's a 'real' right-winger, a climate sceptic who supported fracking, anti wind farms and to cap it all being married to the sister of the Rational Optimist. :-)

Update: Sunday 20th: "Sacking Owen Paterson is an insult to the countryside", source: Christopher Booker (DT); hat-tip: EU Referendum.

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