Green Party Wants Ouster Of Govt Climate Change Sceptics
Britain's Green Party has called for the ouster of climate change sceptics within the British government, in what critics have called a 'quasi-fascist' move to force the issue.
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, whose party has one Member of Parliament in former leader Caroline Lucas, specifically targeted Conservative government ministers Owen Paterson and Eric Pickles, demanding that those who refuse to accept "the scientific consensus on climate change" should be removed from the positions.
Australian-born Bennett told the BBC that "...those are situations that cannot be allowed to continue in government. People need to accept the reality and need to act to take the choices we need to deal with climate change".
When asked if her comments were being interpreted correctly, and if she really meant that every senior government adviser, even those not linked to environmental issues, should be removed for their climate change scepticism, Bennett responded, "Yes... we would ask the government to remove them."
But her comments have been slated as 'quasi-fascistic' by leading climate change sceptic Dr. Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Peiser, speaking to the Express, said, "[Sacking climate change sceptics] is a quasi-fascist policy. Do they want a ministry of climate change truth to vet every member of the Government? They might have to torture them to find out if they are a sceptic or not. It's a policy you would get in the Soviet Union."
Bennett's comments come as Professor Mat Collins, an expert in climate systems at the University of Exeter, dismissed claims that Britain's recent flooding was a result of climate change, but instead a result of the jet stream being stuck further south than usual.
Prof. Collins told the Mail on Sunday: "There is no evidence that global warming can cause the jet stream to get stuck in the way it has this winter. If this is due to climate change, it is outside our knowledge."