THE British climate sceptic whose Australian tour has been funded by two Noosa retirees says he has evidence climate change is not a problem and that the federal government’s emissions trading scheme is unnecessary.
Lord Christopher Monckton, who has arrived in Australia, said he had come to prove prime minister Kevin Rudd wrong.
Lord Monckton, a former adviser to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, said Mr Rudd carried out a 45-minute, sustained personal attack on him last November, claiming he had no evidence on the effects of climate change.
“I’m going to say to the people of Australia, when your prime minister said I don’t have any evidence, here I am, here is my evidence, here is where I got it from,” Lord Monckton said yesterday.
He will make a 13-day lecture tour of Australia, at an estimated cost of $100,000, including a talk at The J in Noosa Junction on January 30.
The cost is being covered by two semi-retired engineers, John Smeed and Case Smit. The pair decided to ask Lord Monckton to visit the country after a lengthy discussion about climate change at Ricky’s River Bar in Noosa.
Lord Monckton says climate change is not a problem for the planet and carbon dioxide emissions do not contribute significantly to global warming.
It is understood that the BBC will shadow the tour to make a documentary.
Lord Monckton says world temperatures will rise by just 0.5C by the end of the decade, compared with United Nations scientists’ prediction of a 3.5C rise.
He said millions of dollars were being made by “climate change profiteers”.
“The ETS, which I understand your government is proposing to introduce, is unnecessary,” he said.
“It will simply be the largest tax increase in the history of Australia.”
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