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At Questions this afternoon, Lord Lawson—the ex-chancellor, but these days notable only for being an implacable climate change denier, and quite monomaniacal on the subject—weighs in on that exact topic, only to be dismissed with cheerful rudeness by the minister:
Lord Lawson of Blaby: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the chairman of the Government’s own Green Investment Bank Commission has authoritatively stated that the cost of meeting our current carbon reduction commitments in this country is somewhere between £800 billion and £1 trillion? Does he not agree that, with the best will in the world, this mind boggling cost cannot be justified except in the context of a binding global carbon reduction agreement? Therefore, in the absence of such an agreement being secured at Cancún, does he not agree that it is only commonsense to suspend the Climate Change Act until such time as a binding global agreement is secured?

Lord Marland: My Lords, when I bumped into my noble friend in the Corridor and he said that he was catching the train to York, I was rather relieved. Sadly, he is catching a slightly later train than I was hoping for. I have now forgotten entirely what his question was.


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Oct. 20th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Phenomenal. I love the fact that he's probably been slipped a Directorship and/or a brown envelope to fight the good fight against 'the climate change brigade', and has as much influence thereon as switching a lamp off for eight seconds has on climate change itself.
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
I think I love Lord Marland.
Oct. 21st, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Me too. Utter brilliance.
Oct. 21st, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
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