Speeches » Feb 4th 2009 - EU's future policy on Climate change
Debate - The Future begins today - EU's future policy on Climate change. A mystique bordering on a religious creed has grown up around alleged global warming.
The environmental scientist has had a field day but the natural world obeys the laws of Physics and Chemistry, my teaching subjects for 39 years. The global warming theory has cast carbon dioxide, a natural constituent of the atmosphere, as a demon gas.
So, does it have the claimed effect? You need to draw graphs here, showing how rising CO2 maybe causes global warming. Is it an Arithmetic graph, I must get technical here, where equal rises in CO2 produce equal increases in warming? Is it an Exponential, a runaway, where extra CO2 causes warming in ever increasing amounts? Or is it a Logarithmic, where extra CO2 causes less and less warming, eventually becoming a flat line so that any extra CO2 has no effect? The Hadley Centre, the UK's leading authority on global warming confirms that it is a Logarithmic.
We are almost on the flat line now, if not already there. There is no problem.
Derek Clark MEP Strasbourg Feb 4th 2009