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Cameron’s Claims Not Supported By DECC

February 3, 2014

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25656426

 

Remember when David Cameron was asked in Parliament last month about recent bad weather, he replied

I agree with you that we are seeing more abnormal weather events. Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is.”

 

So I thought I would stir things a bit, and fired off a FOI to see if his claims had any basis in fact. I could not find the FOI contact address at the Downing Street website, so I tried DECC. After all, if anyone in government had any evidence, it would be them.

Today I received this reply.

 

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So they have no evidence to back up the PM’s statement! They do point me to various IPCC reports, such as the SREX, which could find no evidence that extreme weather was increasing.

They also suggest I contact the Cabinet Office, who, unlike the Downing St site, do have a FOI contact. This I have now done. It will be interesting to see if they know things that DECC don’t know.

As Cameron’s statement was made in Parliament, if he has made a statement that is not true he will have to retract it.

Watch this space!

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7 Comments
  1. February 3, 2014 5:53 pm

    He’ll wriggle out of it somehow!

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    February 3, 2014 5:58 pm

    At least you are pushing him, unlike the MPs who should know better and we both know who they are as they are on the “committee”.
    But perhaps off course one doesn’t put it on record that you disagree with your Party’s Leader(s).

  3. Kevin Lohse permalink
    February 3, 2014 6:00 pm

    The weasel merely voiced his suspicions, he did not present his views to the House as a fact. Even Prime Ministers are allowed an opinion – however wall-eyed it may be. If the Cabinet Office has a ounce of sense, their reply, if any, will be along those lines.

  4. Robin Guenier permalink
    February 3, 2014 6:14 pm

    No, Kevin, you’ve missed the point. Paul’s FOI focused on this statement: “I agree with you that we are seeing more abnormal weather events.” No voicing of suspicions there. Quite correctly, Paul asked: “What evidence the PM has that “abnormal events are occurring”?” and “What evidence he has that the recent bad weather is in any way “abnormal”?”

  5. gregole permalink
    February 4, 2014 2:27 am

    Good work Paul – keep it up.

  6. Sparks permalink
    February 4, 2014 6:38 am

    Paul, “have to“ is there twice.

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