Thursday, Oct 23, 2008
Former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar Wednesday dismissed climate change as a “new religion” that is drawing hundreds of billions of euros at a time of economic crisis.
Aznar made the remarks at the presentation of a book by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, “Blue Planet in Green Shackles”, in which he also questions the widely held theories about climate change.
“In these times of global cooling of the international economy … the standard bearers of the climatic apocalypse demand hundreds of billions of euros” to combat global warming, said Aznar, who was conservative prime minister from 1996 to 2004.
“They want to throw onto the bonfire anyone who, like Vaclav Klaus, questions the new religion,” he said.
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“The slightest doubt on the man-made origin of climate change is cause of automatic ex-communication.”
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said global warming is “unequivocal” and “most of the observed increases in temperatures over the last 60 years is very likely due to increases in human-generated greenhouse gas concentrations.”