As reported in The Daily Mail:
“Energy Secretary Ed Davey last night launched an attack on ‘dangerous and destructive’ climate change sceptics.
The Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister accused ‘publicity-seeking’ critics of ‘selectively misreading’ the evidence so we can ‘all relax and burn all the dirty fuel we want without a care’.
In a speech at London’s Institute of Physics, he said they had ignored a recent survey that suggests 97 per cent of experts agree on the human link to global warming.
‘Just three per cent question man’s contribution. Three per cent,’ he said.
‘Let me quantify that for you.
If this was a general election vote, 97 per cent of the vote would generate 630 MPs, the three per cent just 20…’
He added: ‘To coin a phrase, “it’s the science, stupid”.’
Mr Davey, who said it was vital for Britain to lead the world by cutting its carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, also blamed the Press for giving an ‘uncritical’ platform to global warming naysayers.
‘This is not the serious science of challenging, checking and probing.
This is destructive and loudly clamouring scepticism born of vested interest, nimbyism, publicity-seeking contraversialism or sheer blinkered, dogmatic, political bloody-mindedness,’ he added.
He said those questioning climate targets were ‘absolutely wrong and really quite dangerous’.
‘The science tells us we cannot afford to relax, let up or wait for a miracle,’ he added.
Environmental policy is a major faultline between the coalition parties, with the Conservatives against onshore wind turbines and green regulations that they claim will harm businesses.
Former Conservative minister David Davis said the claim that scientists are united in the belief that global warming is driven by human activity ‘simply does not stack up’.
‘The last thing Britain needs at a time of rising energy bills is an Energy Minister who uses dodgy statistics and alarmist rhetoric to justify even more massively flawed green energy policies,’ he added.”