Tim Yeo: About Turn – Straight Face

Posted: May 29, 2013 by tallbloke in alarmism, climate, Natural Variation, Robber Barons

Heh, Tim ‘Trougher’ Yeo seems to be backpedalling furiously. “Did I say Global Warming is nearly all human caused? What I meant, of course, is that it could mostly be ‘natural phases'”. H/T @Sourmanarti.  From the Telegraph:

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He’s having a Giraffe

The chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change committee Tim Yeo MP said he accepts the earth’s temperature is increasing but said “natural phases” may be to blame.

Such a suggestion sits at odds with the scientific consensus. One recent [bogus] survey of 12,000 academic papers on climate change found 97 per cent [of 32% of the biased sample] agree human activities are causing the planet to warm.

Mr Yeo, an environment minister under John Major, is one of the Conservative Party’s strongest advocates of radical action to cut carbon emissions. His comments are significant as he was one of the first senior figures to urge the party to take the issue of environmental change seriously.

He insisted such action is “prudent” given the threat climate change poses to living standards worldwide. But, he said, human action is merely a “possible cause”.

Asked on Tuesday night whether it was better to take action to mitigate the effects of climate change than to prevent it in the first place, he said: “The first thing to say is it does not represent any threat to the survival of the planet. None at all. The planet has survived much bigger changes than any climate change that is happening now.

He went on: “Although I think the evidence that the climate is changing is now overwhelming, the causes are not absolutely clear. There could be natural causes, natural phases that are taking place.”

“But there is at least a risk that the increased concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere is a possible cause. We’ve just gone through the 400 parts per million [a measure of the atmospheric concentration of CO2] this year. I think a prudent policy would say if we can do things about that which are no-regrets polices like being efficient in the use of energy, looking at none-fossil fuel sources, I think that’s prudent to do so.”

Mr Yeo has previously spoken with great certainty about the science of climate change. He said in 2009: “A significant number of core Conservative voters – mostly among older people – are reluctant to accept the evidence. I don’t think they [doubting Tory MPs] will be a significant influence in the next parliament and will gradually diminish in the population.

“The dying gasps of the deniers will be put to bed. In five years time, no one will argue about a man-made contribution to climate change.”

Mr Yeo, who was speaking to an audience of energy industry representatives and diplomats at the Westminster Russia Forum, renewed his call for the Government to build a third runway at Heathrow.

Read the rest here

Update 20:15: Roger Harrabin is doing damage limitation for Yeo:

Update 30-5-13 Bishop Hill reports a clarificatory message from Tim Yeo:

In the light of what has appeared on the Telegraph website suggesting that I have changed my views about climate change, I wanted to make clear that this is not the case.

My views have remained the same for over two decades. I accept the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activities are having a major impact on the climate – there is an overwhelming probability that the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from human actions are contributing to climate change.

I will continue to press for urgent action on this matter, making the case that the move to a low carbon economy is not just right environmentally but also in our economic interest.

Contrast this with a direct transcription of the audio taped at interview – H/T Alex Cull:

Well, I think, on climate change – first of all, the first thing to say is it does not represent any threat to the survival of the planet. None at all. The planet’s survived much bigger changes to the climate than anything that’s happening now.

Secondly, although I think the evidence that the climate is changing is now overwhelming, the causes are not absolutely clear. There could be natural causes, natural phases that are taking place. But there is, at least, a risk that the increased concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is a possible cause. We’ve just gone through the 400 parts per million, or whatever the figure is, this year.

So I think a prudent policy would say: if we can do things about that, which are no-regrets policies like being more efficient in the use of energy, like looking at non fossil-fuel sources, I think that’s prudent to do so.

Comments
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  2. oldbrew says:

    Rats…ship…sinking…

    Dellers hits the nail on the head – Yeo’s head.

  3. Konrad says:

    @Oldbrew

    The rats don’t get to escape this time.

    The SS Global Warming is sinking with all paws. Sceptics have stolen all the life boats and the Internet has welded the hatches shut.

  4. tallbloke says:

    Post updated

  5. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Let me see – in summary he said “climate change … does not represent any threat to the survival of the planet. None at all.”, “…although I think the evidence that the climate is changing is now overwhelming, the causes are not absolutely clear”, “There could be natural causes, natural phases that are taking place. But there is, at least, a risk that the increased concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is a possible cause.” What happened to ‘the science is settled’? Did I blink and miss it disappearing like the Cheshire Cat? Looks like Timmy is laying the groundwork for a massive climb-down from the high ground of AGW-land. One large worm is about to turn. Hoo-bloody-ray everyone – break out the champers, turn the lights back on!

  6. krb981 says:

    And this idiot is surprised at being deselected? Arrogant? Yes. Stupid? Undoubtedly.