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Climate campaign delayed by extreme cold

Thursday, 9th December 2010

With wonderful irony, a regional billboard campaign planned by East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer to draw attention to the dangers of "green" climate policies was delayed -- by the cold weather! While the Met Office warns of global warming, it was so cold in the East Midlands that the paste wouldn't stick to the hoardings.

However with temperatures easing up to zero, it has now become possible to affix the posters, and they are in place in Leicester, Northampton, Derby, Nottingham and Lincoln.

Mr Helmer notes that in the last hundred years, average global temperature has risen a mere 0.7 degrees C. This slight rise is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term, natural climate cycles.

He goes on to say that in the UK, our current climate programmes (at the behest of EU regulation) look set to raise the cost of electricity by as much as 40% by 2020, while at the same time creating a huge risk of black-outs as reliable coal and nuclear power stations are replaced by intermittent wind. That's 16 billion on electricity bills by 2020.

Helmer argues that even if we in Britain were to close down our economy, our shortfall in emissions would be made up by China in around twelve months. China, he says, is building a new coal-fired power station every week, withIndia not far behind. Nothing we do will make any difference.