Shaken Consensus

by Einar Du Rietz

Interesting to notice how the big-whigs get nervous, as soon as someone else on the top dares to question the holy Global Warming religion.

Recent weeks have seen uproar in the European Parliament as British, conservative members openly have defied the “green” promises from London. Recently, Commissioner Janusz Lewandowsky caused even more havoc, when questioning the entire ideology and scientific basis¬†behind the scare. Euractiv reports and provides links, with the rather unexpected help from Greenpeace, who provided a translation.

Lewandowsky is not anybody. In fact, he was one of the founding fathers of the free Poland after the final liberation in 1989, and as such a hard core free marketeer. He is currently commissioner in charge of the ongoing, and rather chaotic budget process. This has not gone to well so far, but his decision to stick out his neck on an issue that was basically considered untouchable not so long ago, is a sure sign that times have been changing.

Writes Euractiv:

EU Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski has shocked colleagues by giving an interview in the Polish press questioning global warming, which emerged one day after his home country, Poland, blocked EU attempts to toughen the bloc’s climate commitments.

The commissioner also told Novy Przemysl(New Industry) on 21 May that he opposed the EU’s climate targets and that its policy on phasing out coal plants was a “disaster” for Poland.

News of Lewandowski’s climate scepticism came a day after Poland prevented the EU’s Environment Council in Luxembourg from toughening its CO2 emissions targets, just one week before Warsaw takes over the EU’s rotating presidency on 1 July.

‘”The thesis that coal energy is the main cause of global warming is highly questionable,” the commissioner said. “Moreover, more and more, there is a question mark put over the whole ‘global warming’ as such.'”

Notice the wording “chocked colleagues”.

This will be fun.

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About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.