England's Prince Charles yesterday blasted, rapped, criticised, and otherwise took to task the UK's (and world's) ranks of climate change contrarians, skeptics, sceptics, deniers, and rejectionists or whatever you want to call those who think the IPCC has been hoodwinked or is part of a conspiracy or is just thick.
These remarks, at a European Union meeting in Brussells, unavoidably generated some press. His words of encouragement for the main bloc of scientists are no doubt welcome among them. They might also be more weighty if he were not also a stout advocate for homeopathic medicine. Oh well. Desperate circumstances are not a wise time to fine-toothed-comb one's allies for nits. (Snarkiness over such external matters aside, after watching a clip or two, one must concede he makes a very solid declaration, with appropriate remarks on the plausibility of a world wide conspiracy among scientists.)
- BBC News: Prince Charles: Climate sceptics gamble with the future ; Text, and a video clip.
- Telegraph - Bruno Waterfield: Prince of Wales: climate change sceptics 'playing a reckless game of roulette' ; Solid rendition up top. His first alternate point of view may not be the most sensible choice - a fellow who says the prince is just scaremongering to kite the value of wind farms built on the Crown Estate. Better is a discouraging but at least plausible subsequent opinion from a conservative MP who says, in essence, it's too late to do much of anything to undo the perils we've put into our climate's career.
- Guardian - David Batty: Prince Charles condemns 'corrosive' climate change sceptics ;
- AP - UK's Prince Charles blasts climate-change skeptics ;
- Press Association: Charles warns on pursuit of growth ;
- Daily Mail - David Derbyshire: 'Stop playing roulette with the future': Prince Charles blasts big business on climate change ;
Grist for the Mill:
- Charlie Petit