Tory MEP confuses science with faith

A Conservative Party MEP today launched a stinging personal attack, with potentially discriminatory connotations, on the Nobel laureate, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri – one of the world’s foremost climate experts.

Writing on ConservativeHome, Roger Helmer said that Pachauri’s concerns about the impact of meat farming on carbon emissions were:

“not surprising, perhaps, seeing that in terms of faith he is a Hindu.”

Dr Pachauri is the head of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which advises world leaders on what is required to keep global temperatures from reaching dangerously high levels.

Helmer also accused Lord Stern of being “the pin-up economist of the climate hysteria movement” and said one of the reasons he got things “so wrong” is that he was “ignoring the up-sides” of global warming.

Chairman of the liberatarian Freedom Association, Helmer has called the “climate alarmist scare” a “media driven frenzy” and argued it’s a conspiracy to get “more power for governments and supra-national institutions like the EU and the UN.”

Meanwhile in the US, Senator Inhofe has called global warming the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Today the Washington Post – a paper with a history of climate denial – accused Senator Inhofe of being “the last flat-earther.”

If only it were so.

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