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MEP mounts poster campaign against 'ineffectual, expensive green policies'

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: December 08, 2010

MEP mounts poster campaign against 'ineffectual, expensive green policies'

Roger Helmer.

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A BILLBOARD campaign challenging climate change theory has been launched by a Lincolnshire MEP.

Posters featuring the image of Roger Helmer and a wind farm will go up on billboards in Oxford Street near Lincoln's train station.

In his campaign to challenge what he describes as "climate hysteria" Mr Helmer's 20ft by 10ft image proclaims: "Green Climate Policies – Probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, ruinously expensive".

He was scheduled to unveil billboards across the country – with Lincoln's due today – but the below-freezing weather has so far prevented it because the glue will not stick, according to his office.

His views are based on the theory that the Earth is not the victim of climate change as brought about by humans but it is just part of a series of natural, cyclical events.

Speaking to the Echo from the Cancun Climate Change Conference in Mexico, he said: "The world has always got warmer and colder if you look back and 500 years ago it was a period known as the Little Ice Age and the Thames was frozen over, so we have a regular pattern of warming and cooling.

"The past 100 years is simply the natural recovery of that ice age so you do not need someone else's explanation for it.

"More and more scientists are now coming out of the woodwork and disagreeing with the orthodoxy.

"India and China are not simply going to give up on their economic development. China is building a coal-fired power station every week and India is not far behind.

"In the world economy, India and China are growing rapidly and the West is struggling.

"The East is going to be powered by coal and nuclear and nothing we can do will change that.

"If you closed down the British economy completely, China would make up the difference in emissions in 12 months."

Mr Helmer said the Climate Change Act 2008 was estimated to cost £18 billion a year for 40 years.

"That is the most expensive piece of legislation that Britain has ever seen," he said.

He said the UK would be looking at a 40 per cent increase in electricity bills by 2020.

Despite his views about emissions, Mr Helmer said people should take more care of the environment.

He said: "I don't think we should be cutting down the rainforest, we need to protect biodiversity.

"We want clean air and the key point here is that the thinking that CO2 is a pollutant.

"But it is a trace natural gas in the atmosphere and high levels increase crop yields and will help feed the growing population.

"Something I have heard recently which is incredible is that biologists have said that if CO2 was cut by half, plants would stop growing.

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    John, Lincoln  |  December 10 2010, 4:41PM

    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/climate-change-deniers-vs-the-consensus/

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    Torpedo, Looking to the smug  |  December 09 2010, 12:00PM

    ""I am interested scientist" You can't prove that and even if you could, it's just an appeal to authority. Double fail" But he or she isn't using it to back a point, as in "being a scientist I know more about this", more that they are distancing themselves from a religion they have been accused of being in by a different poster. Think it is time to listen to John though and for everyone to bore off home.

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    John, Lincoln  |  December 09 2010, 11:18AM

    Ruddy hell this is dull, someone banging on about climate change being stirred up by an obvious troll. Waste of bandwidth.

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    All aboard the climate change failboat, toot toot!  |  December 09 2010, 11:03AM

    "I am interested scientist" You can't prove that and even if you could, it's just an appeal to authority. Double fail :D

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    The REAL Climate, Lincoln  |  December 09 2010, 10:47AM

    "Ah the sign of losing" One more time for the hard of thinking: I'm not trying to "win" anything. As I said before, the fact that you are wrong and I am right sits very easily with me indeed and I feel no compulsion to waste my time pointing out the myriad of flaws in the non-science you perpetuate. Get someone else to spoonfeed you. Or don't. I honestly couldn't care less either way. "just would hope people look into the evidence and make up their mind." So you keep saying. However, I and many others have done exactly that and found the evidence lacking. And that just won't do, will it? "For me there is little point in continuing this as you don't really have anything to back up your stance, just a lot of vitriol and ad hominem attacks." "It is very difficult to educate the pig ignorant" Oh, the ironing.

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    Climate, Lincoln  |  December 09 2010, 10:27AM

    Ah the sign of losing, bit of name calling, bit of being odious, very good. Yep, up at 07:30, I was in bed well before 23:30 though, 21:30 for me. No, genuinely don't have a religion etc. I am interested scientist ,although not in this field, living in Lincoln, just would hope people look into the evidence and make up their mind. Perhaps have a look in New Scientist (they hold the same view point so also wrong, as are all who read it and agree) to get a taster and move on from there. For me there is little point in continuing this as you don't really have anything to back up your stance, just a lot of vitriol and ad hominem attacks. Difficult as it might be for you to believe but I don't belong to any organisation for or against climate change. Much as that would suit your lazy and tedious jibes.

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    The REAL Climate, Lincoln  |  December 09 2010, 9:54AM

    "Oh sorry, thought you'd ended it?" I said that I personally couldn't be bothered to discuss climate change on here any more (and I haven't), not that I wouldn't respond to any further comments. I know it's difficult, but do at least try to keep up. "Ah were we measuring how many sceptics I converted as a measure? Must have missed that memo." I see you didn't miss the memo about logging on at 7.30am and spreading the manure like a good little shill. "It is very difficult to educate the pig ignorant" Yes, I know. That's why I said I couldn't be bothered to argue with you. Again, try to keep up at the back. "I'll be far happier knowing that just one person out there is interested enough to have a look through the evidence on both sides and make a call." So long as they make the "right" call and join your religion, of course.

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    Climate, Lincoln  |  December 09 2010, 7:31AM

    Oh sorry, thought you'd ended it? Can't be bothered, that's a great way to prove you're right. Except it's not, you can't respond back, most likely you don't actually believe what you write. Ah were we measuring how many sceptics I converted as a measure? Must have missed that memo. It is very difficult to educate the pig ignorant, I'll be far happier knowing that just one person out there is interested enough to have a look through the evidence on both sides and make a call.

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    The REAL Climate, Lincoln  |  December 08 2010, 11:03PM

    "Perhaps the only way you can end the "debate" because ultimately you sit in a much weaker position when it comes to using citations." No, it's genuinely because you aren't worth the effort. Sorry to burst your bubble and all, but I'm quite content with knowing that I'm right and you're wrong. As for me failing, perhaps you should count up exactly how many climate change sceptics on here you've managed to bring round to your way of thinking. I doubt Uncle Al will be very impressed. Still, tomorrow's another day with another website to be parachuted on to, right?

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    Ian Bower, Lincoln  |  December 08 2010, 8:09PM

    Professor Brian Cox clarifies why so many people are in denial about climate change: Myth and vested interest verses science http://tinyurl.com/33uc9su

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