I will not spend too much time on this, but if we look back in time for the globe we probably have to go back 55 million years before we find carbon dioxide levels as high as we are now at, and, of course, our carbon dioxide levels are still rising. Fifty-five million years ago was a time when there was no ice on the earth; the Antarctic was the most habitable place for mammals, because it was the coolest place, and the rest of the earth was rather inhabitable because it was so hot. It is estimated that it was roughly 1,000 parts per million then, and the important thing is that if we carry on business as usual we will hit 1,000 parts per million around the end of this century. So it seems to me that it is clear on a global and geological scale that climate change is the most serious problem we are faced with this century
In March 2014, he also gave evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee, in his then role as the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change.
One of the Committee members, MP Peter Lilley, grilled him about this statement, which King refused to retract.
However, King also made this extraordinary claim:
“The first hurricane to hit so far north in America was Hurricane Sandy.”
This is so astonishingly wrong that I am amazed nobody on the Committee pulled him up on it.
For the record, there have been ten other hurricanes to hit New York or further north since records began in 1851:
|Year||Name||State of Landfall||Category|
|1869||Eastern New England||RI||3|
|1938||Great New England||NY||3|
Note that these are the states where landfall occurred. There have been many other hurricanes which have affected northern states, such as Donna in 1960.
Let us be very clear. It is an extremely serious affair to provide false evidence to Parliament. Since King was employed by the Government as their representative, this is doubly true.
He should be forced to return to the Committee, apologise and retract his untrue statement.