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Published On: Mon, Sep 16th, 2013

EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard supports climate change despite inaccurate predictions, ‘cheapest’ energy ‘not the answer’

Connie Hedegaard’s comments come as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to admit that previous scientific predictions for global warming and the effects of carbon emissions have been proved to be inaccurate.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Europe’s most senior climate change official argued that the current policies are the correct ones because a growing world population will put pressure on energy supplies regardless of the rate of global warming.

A new report suggests more ice expansion and less effects from global warming photo/Agrant141 per wikimedia commons

A new report suggests more ice expansion and less effects from global warming
photo/Agrant141 per wikimedia commons

“I personally have a very pragmatic view…Say that 30 years from now, science came back and said, ‘wow, we were mistaken then now we have some new information so we think it is something else’. In a world with nine billion people, even 10 billion at the middle of this century, where literally billions of global citizens will still have to get out of poverty and enter the consuming middle classes, don’t you think that anyway it makes a lot of sense to get more energy and resource efficient,” Hedegaard said.

“Let’s say that science, some decades from now, said ‘we were wrong, it was not about climate’, would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?”

“I believe that in a world with still more people, wanting still more growth for good reasons, the demand for energy, raw materials and resources will increase and so, over time so, over time, will the prices,” she said.

“I think we have to realize that in the world of the 21st century for us to have the cheapest possible energy is not the answer.”

Hedegaard, and the European Commission, have not changed their position that the science that is currently used to justify EU climate change policy is “over 90 per cent” certain that global warming exists and that it is manmade.

Leaked IPCC reports, reviewing forecasts made in 2007, have called into question how much climate change has taken place by concluding that, even with a doubling of carbon emissions from 1990 levels, the global temperature has risen little or more slowly than predicted over the last 10-20 years. 

Bjorn Lomborg, a professor at the Copenhagen business school and the author of Cool it, a book arguing that too much climate change policy is based on scaremongering, accused the commissioner of being “both callous and wrong”.

“EU climate policies have directly increased energy costs and caused more energy poverty – 300,000 households in Germany lost their power last year because they couldn’t pay the bills, and millions are energy poor in the UK. EU climate policies will cost £174 billion annually by 2020, the EU commissioner seems to suggest wasting £174 billion is no problem,” he said.

“To the extent the EU climate policies have affected the world, it has made energy more costly, reduced growth and consigned more people to poverty.”

Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, called on both the EU and Britain to scrap policies that have been based on scientific predictions that have proved to be wrong.

“As facts change, so must policy. The EU must change course and in the UK the Climate Change act must be thrown on the scrap heap of mistaken ideas,” he said.

“A higher world population means we should stop subsidising inefficient and expensive wind turbines and instead make better use of fracking, nuclear energy and tidal power.”

 

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