Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

'We should focus on North Korea!' Lord Lawson blasts Al Gore for obsession over climate


The former Chancellor denied climate change should be a concern despite scientific consensus the planet is being damaged.

But Lord Lawson hit out at the costs involved in climate change policies and said the money should be spent on more pressing matters.

His comments come as Donald Trump controversially pulled the US out of the Paris climate change deal, signed in 2015 by 195 countries, in June.

Speaking on the Today programme, on BBC Radio 4, Lord Lawson, chancellor from 1983 to 1989, said: “Al Gore has a substantial economic interest in renewable energy.

“If it is fully economic, why on earth do we subsidise it and support it by all sorts of government policies which are driving up the cost of energy, particularly in the United Kingdom.

“I’ve heard what Al Gore has to say and it’s the same old clap trap. 

“People often fail to change and he says he hasn’t changed, he’s like the man who goes around saying ‘the end of the world is nigh’ with a big placard.

“To begin with you might be a little bit scared but after ten years of him doing that and the end of the world isn’t nigh, then you think ‘maybe we should forget that and concentrate on real problems like North Korea’, like world poverty, like disease and all these other issues which we should be diverting our attention to.

“International terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, these are real problems. 

“The world is not short of problems and to devote resources and energy to non-problems is really ridiculous.”

Mr Gore has hit out at Donald Trump claiming the president has isolated himself over his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris agreement, a pact by 159 nations to deal with greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Gore, who served under Bill Clinton, lashed out at Mr Trump despite the US President pulling out of the deal. 

The 2000 presidential candidate, awarded for his work on climate change, said the only option was to “work around” Donald Trump. 

Formally announcing the decision, Mr Trump said: “We don’t want other countries and other leaders laughing at us anymore.

“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.”


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