Lawson: scrap “absurd” Climate Change Act

Lord Lawson has said the Government should suspend the "absurd" Climate Change Act. He believes this will allow the third runway at Heathrow to go ahead.

Conservative party peer, Nigel Lawson, has said the Government should suspend the “absurd” Climate Change Act in order to allow the third runway at Heathrow to go ahead. The remarks will embarrass fellow Conservative David Cameron who supported the Act and opposes the third runway.

According to the Press Association, earlier today in the House of Lords, Lord Lawson said:

“The third runway at Heathrow has been kiboshed by the courts as the direct and predictable result of the Government’s absurd Climate Change Act, which was passed with enthusiasm and complete thoughtlessness and acclaimed by all parties in this House and the Commons.”

He asked Transport Secretary Lord Adonis:

“Is not the only possible solution – if you think that a third runway is important and I agree with you – to put the Act in suspense not least because even the Government has admitted that it makes no sense without international agreement, which Copenhagen shows is not obtainable?”

Left Foot Forward reported last week that the High Court said the government’s position on airport expansion was “untenable in law and common sense”.

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14 Responses to “Lawson: scrap “absurd” Climate Change Act”

  1. damopk1

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lord Lawson: scrap "absurd" Climate Change Act so Heathrow 3rd runway can go ahead http://bit.ly/d1R9GC

  2. Gregory Norminton

    Who cares what the bigoted old bag of skin has to say? He, along with his son Dominic and Dominic’s brother-in-law Christopher Monckton, are shills for the denialist industry, and ought to be treated with moral contempt.

    http://www.desmogblog.com/nigel-lawson

  3. Gill

    RT @leftfootfwd: Lord Lawson: scrap "absurd" Climate Change Act so Heathrow 3rd runway can go ahead http://bit.ly/d1R9GC

  4. Rory

    In what way is he bigoted? It’s a serious charge and I demand that you substantiate it.

  5. Gregory Norminton

    bigot n. – an obstinate and intolerant believer in a religion, political theory, etc (OED)

    In the face of overwhelming evidence of abrupt, human-induced climate change (http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-climate-change-is-not-a-matter-of-faith-1916393.html), Nigel Lawson – a man with no scientific training – repeatedly pursues an ideologically-driven agenda of obscuring that science and undermining political efforts to respond to it. He obstinately believes in discredited or unproven theories of climate change and its impacts; and yet like so many in the ‘sceptic’ camp he repeats the absurd claim that acceptance of climate science is now a ‘religion’ (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/25/nigel_lawson/).

    Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation pretends to be open-minded about the science while pursuing a denialist agenda: its director, Benny Peiser, is a noted ‘sceptic’, as are the non-expert ‘experts’ on its panel, such propagandists as Freeman Dyson, Richard Lindzen, and Ian Plimer. Please follow the link I included to Desmogblog for more on the GWPF.

    I hope this answers your ‘demand’, Rory; though somehow I doubt it will.

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