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Climate Change and the Environment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:17 pm on 8th February 2005.

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Photo of Mrs Anne Campbell Mrs Anne Campbell Labour, Cambridge 1:17 pm, 8th February 2005

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the people who say that climate change is not real and is not happening can have quite a damaging effect on our ability to take effective action, by giving people an opportunity and an excuse to say that they do not need to change their lifestyles? That could have a very damaging impact on the future.

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Thomas Counsell
Posted on 12 Feb 2005 9:26 am (Report this annotation)

I find this section of the debate, and this comment in particular, a little odd. The impression it is giving me is that the MPs speaking believe that journalists should stop creating debates once a scientific consensus has been reached. It seems to me that a more appropriate point to stop creating debates is when a public consensus has been reached, and in the case of climate change we are not there yet.

Robin Peter
Posted on 12 Feb 2005 4:56 pm (Report this annotation)

I believe that journalists SHOULD move the debate on when a scientific consensus has been reached, since the public deserve a debate that reflects the best science as closely as possible - that much seems to me to be a simple principle of good journalism. Whether it's any of MPs' business is a far trickier question.