UK News Wilson row over green 'alarmists'

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The Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has angered green campaigners by describing their view on climate change as a "hysterical psuedo-religion".

In an article in the News Letter, Mr Wilson said he believed it occurred naturally and was not man-made.

"Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it," said the minister.

Peter Doran of the Green Party said it was a "deeply irresponsible message."

Mr Wilson said he refused to "blindly accept" the need to make significant changes to the economy to stop climate change.

 
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For anyone who cares, the "King Canute" reference refers to a Viking king of England. The story goes that he was so tired of being surrounded by yes-men that he took his whole court out to the seashore, then pointed out that even he couldn't stop the tides from rising.

Technically, it sounds more like Minister Wilson is playing Canute here, since his position is that even if climate change is happening, we're not causing it and we can't do anything to stop it. But hey, it's not like the words coming out of a government official's mouth should make any sense, right? :rolleyes:
 

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It's not what he meant, it's what he said and the words used. Damn politics...
 

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"hysterical psuedo-religion" is exactly how I see it and act towards it.

Amen. Thank God there are people in the world who don't get panic attacks on hot days.
 

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He sure is making a funny face in that picture. :p

Nice arguments on both sides. Wilson's response was more intriguing to me though.
 
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