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MEP demands enquiry on climate data

Thursday, 21st January 2010

Speaking in Strasbourg in a debate on an EU Commission statement on the December climate conference in Copenhagen, East Midlands Conservative MEP Roger Helmer demanded a full public enquiry into the data on which the theory of man-made global warming is based. He drew attention to the leaked e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia which show that the scientists in charge of temperature records are in despair at the failure of the real world to match their forecasts, and which strongly suggest that they fudged the figures to support their theory.

Mr Helmer also mentioned the recent retraction by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), regarded as the source of the "scientific consensus" on climate change, of their alarmist claim that "Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035". This claim, it is now admitted, was based on a single ten-minute phone call to an obscure Indian scientist in 1999. The scientist, recently contacted over the issue, admitted that his estimate was "Speculative" and not based on any solid research.

Following Copenhagen, says Helmer, it's clear that many countries, including China and India, are not prepared to sacrifice economic prosperity to solve a speculative problem. Remarking that a majority of British voters no longer believe in man-made climate change, Helmer called for a thorough public enquiry into the underlying temperature data supporting global warming theory before we spend any more money on what he called "futile attempts at mitigation".