Charles accuses climate sceptics of ‘pseudo science’
Prince jokes about ‘strange irony’ of his attack as Mandy memoir reveals Blair thought Charles was ‘anti-scientific’
Prince Charles has hit out at so-called climate change sceptics, criticising them for pushing "pseudo science". The Prince, who is no stranger himself to accusations of making unwanted pronouncements, also attacked environmental naysayers of intimidating others from trying to take measures to halt global warming.
Charles told a group of international business leaders at a climate change seminar in London that "the problem of climate scepticism appears to be on the rise again". He said: "People have heard the climate sceptics and attempted to listen to the kind of pseudo science they are peddling."
Charles (pictured in Cornwall earlier this week) did not mention any sceptics by name. However the heir to the throne blasted the "siren voices" who "say that everything is okay, there is no need to worry and that we can all carry on as before as all this fuss about climate change and environmental collapse is merely part of a sinister attempt to undermine the entire foundations of the market-based capitalist system."
He added: "I believe the urgency of the situation is too great simply to sit back and do nothing."
Leading sceptics include former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson and environmentalist and broadcaster David Bellamy. In contrast, in the past two decades Charles has become a standard-bearer for the environment, giving a number of high-profile speeches on the subject on the world stage. Last year he addressed the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen.
Refreshingly, the Prince, who is well-known for making public his stances on everything from architecture to agriculture, joked that some may view his attack as a paradox. "I have endlessly been accused of peddling pseudo science, in one way or another, for most of my life - just think about the strange irony."
One who will certainly appreciate this "strange irony" will be Peter Mandelson. In his forthcoming memoir he reveals that then-Prime Minister Tony Blair asked him to tell Charles to stop his "anti-scientific and irresponsible" remarks on genetically modified crops.
In The Third Man Mandelson accuses Charles of making numerous "unhelpful" attempts to influence government policy. "I thought they were anti-scientific and irresponsible in the light of food shortages in the developing world." ·
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