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Decarbonisation Policies “Waste Billions Of Pounds”

Billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being “wasted” in fighting climate change as other nations are hell-bent on development, a new book claims today. Engineer Christian Gerondeau says in Climate: The Great Delusion that cutting carbon dioxide emissions in the West will not reduce them globally because of the expansion of China, India and Africa. He said yesterday: “The money being spent by our governments to reduce our emissions is being wasted.”

And another new book, Climate: The Counter Consensus, by Australian scientist Professor Bob Carter claims computer models used by the UN to forecast climate change are “wrong” and flipping a coin would be just as accurate.

The books were launched as the European Commission unveiled a feasibility study into increasing the EU’s cut in CO2 emissions from 20 per cent of 1990 levels by 2020 to 30 per cent, putting the extra cost to Europe at £28billion. But yesterday the director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, Jeremy Nicholson, said that a unilateral move “would damage the European economy at a time when we can ill afford it”.

However, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said Britain has to fight climate change.

The Met Office, one of the world’s leading climate modelling centres, said it rigorously tests predictions.

Its head of climate change advice, Dr Vicky Pope, said: “We all know that climate modelling is difficult but we have very strong confidence in the key results such as that the warming in the last half of the 20th century is very likely due to man’s activities.

“We are able to test the predictions of our computer models by comparing them with past events. We are also constantly checking our computer models by using a wide range of data including that from satellites.”

Daily Express, 27 May 2010