Cameron’s Claims Not Supported By DECC
By Paul Homewood
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.
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!