Booker pens a post-mortem on the Rio Conference, boldly declaring that the global warming scare is over.
The great global warming scare has long been dying on its feet, but that sad fiasco of a conference in Rio last week saw it finally dead and buried. “It’s pathetic, it’s appalling,” wailed a spokesman for WWF, one of the thousands of green activists who flew to Rio, many at taxpayers’ expense, to see the last rites read over their lost dream. Their cause has even been abandoned by one of its most outspoken champions, the green guru James Lovelock of “Gaia” fame, who now admits that the warming scare was all a tragic mistake, and that talk of “sustainable development” is just “meaningless drivel”.
When I spoke in St Andrews the other week, I noted that you can now get a degree in sustainable development. Edinburgh runs a similar course too.
I wouldn't like to be studying for that qualification now.