As reported in the The Telegraph, Europe's climate-action commissioner Connie Hedegaard said even if the climate science is wrong, the EU's carbon-emission policies were right. She matter-of-factly states the science doesn't matter, even as those policies continue to hinder economic growth, increase energy prices, and throw more people into poverty.
Her comments come after leaked IPCC documents show no warming for nearly 17 years, so she quickly fell back on the population-explosion trope to justify the EU's crippling policies.
In one point in the interview, she makes the dizzying statement that even if we learn decades from now we were wrong, and it wasn't about climate, shouldn't we do what we can now to combat climate change:
Connie Hedegaard's comments come as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to admit that previous scientific predictions for global warmingand the effects of carbon emissions have been proved to be inaccurate.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Europe's most senior climate change official argued that the current policies are the correct ones because a growing world population will put pressure on energy supplies regardless of the rate of global warming.
"I personally have a very pragmatic view.
"Say that 30 years from now, science came back and said, 'wow, we were mistaken then now we have some new information so we think it is something else'. In a world with nine billion people, even 10 billion at the middle of this century, where literally billions of global citizens will still have to get out of poverty and enter the consuming middle classes, don't you think that anyway it makes a lot of sense to get more energy and resource efficient," she said.
"Let's say that science, some decades from now, said 'we were wrong, it was not about climate', would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?."
The Danish commissioner also rejected public complaints over increases in electricity prices to subsidise renewable energies, such as wind farms, as unrealistic because, she said, increased competition over diminishing energy resources such as oil and gas will lead to higher bills.
"I believe that in a world with still more people, wanting still more growth for good reasons, the demand for energy, raw materials and resources will increase and so, over time so, over time, will the prices," she said.
"I think we have to realise that in the world of the 21st century for us to have the cheapest possible energy is not the answer."
Professor Bjorn Lomborg of the Copenhagen business school and author of "Cool It"—a book that demonstrates how climate-change policies are based more on scaremongering than on fact—told The Telegraph that Hedegaard was acting "both callous and wrong".
"EU climate policies have directly increased energy costs and caused more energy poverty - 300,000 households in Germany lost their power last year because they couldn't pay the bills, and millions are energy poor in the UK. EU climate policies will cost £174 billion annually by 2020, the EU commissioner seems to suggest wasting £174 billion is no problem," he said.
"To the extent the EU climate policies have affected the world, it has made energy more costly, reduced growth and consigned more people to poverty."