Nile Gardiner writes:
In his speech the Prime Minister warns that “we cannot compromise with the earth. We cannot compromise with the catastrophe of unchecked climate change”:
“In Britain we face the prospect of more frequent droughts and a rising wave of floods. And the threat is not only humanitarian and ecological, it is also an economic one. Three years ago, the Stern Report, which I commissioned, concluded that failure to avoid the worst effects of climate change could lead to global GDP being up to 20 per cent lower than it otherwise would be – an economic cost greater than the losses caused by two World Wars and the Great Depression. Let us be in no doubt then that this is a profound moment for our world – a time of momentous choice.”
Brown also cites a highly contentious UN report headed by Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General who famously turned a blind eye while a million Tutsis were slaughtered by their Hutu neighbours during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The Annan Global Humanitarian Forum report ludicrously claims that “every year the effects of climate change are already killing 300 thousand people – the numbers killed by the Indian Ocean tsunami – and the toll could rise to half a million each year by 2030.”
Ugh. Just adding more fuel to the fire of those nutjobs who were busy assaulting police officers at some of the UK's coal and power plants this weekend. Chicken Little would be proud.