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Richard Branson: climate deniers need to be “called out”

Airplane boss says a debate with climate deniers needs to be started so everyone is singing from same hymn sheet

Richard Branson. (Pic: UN Climate Change)

By Nilima Choudhury

British entrepreneur Richard Branson says climate deniers need to be called out, debated and rallied against.

In a feisty post on his blog, Branson also called on governments to respect the latest IPCC report and introduce national policies to cut carbon emissions.

It’s clearer than ever: climate change is real, humans are the cause, and we have to act. Sometimes the riskiest decision you can make is to do nothing,” he says.

“If competition was encouraged in clean fuels, making it more attractive for entrepreneurs and businesses to focus upon tackling climate change, we would see results much sooner.

“Nobody, from businesses, to governments, to individuals can afford to put off taking action.”

The founder of airline Virgin Atlantic and a key member of the non-profit organisation the Carbon War Room also seemed to suggest that geoengineering needs to be considered by governments.

“Scalable and sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will also need to be responsibly explored, investigated and integrated

Not all readers were happy with Branson’s stance:

Two weeks ago the the UN’s aviation body voted on a resolution to lay the foundations of a market based mechanism (MBM) to curb emissions, at the same time as laying waste to the EU’s own emissions trading scheme.

The aviation industry is responsible for 2% of all human-induced carbon emissions and 12% of emissions from all transport sources.

Branson added: “We are investing any profits from our airlines into clean fuel technology, and focusing extremely closely on ensuring our initial Virgin Galactic flights have the same carbon footprint as a return Virgin airline ticket”

 

 

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  • JimmySD

    Debate? What debate? Deniers don’t want to debate. They just want to get some attention while they fling out a slew of lies in the hope that some of them will stick.

    Debates are about facts. Global warming denial is about global warming deniers.

    • http://johnturmel.com John C. Turmel, B. Eng.

      Debates are about facts. Global warming denial is about global warming deniers.Jct: Great Canadian Gambler TajProfessor of Poker Systems Engineering raises the low-tech tuna. I bet Richard Branson 1,000 pounds or Euros that temperate will continue going down over the next 3 years! You can have a piece of that 1000 if you’d care to put your money where you mouth is.

  • http://johnturmel.com John C. Turmel, B. Eng.

    Richard Branson: It’s clearer than ever: climate change is real, humans are the cause, and we have to act.
    Jct: It’s clearer than ever that the Hockey Stick graph fooled everyone with their “trick to hide the decline” in temperature since 1998 despite rising CO2! Har har har. What did the Hockey Stick Graph say it should be now! Har har har. Can’t Richard get a ruler and extrapolate? Har har har. Richard Branson remains the fool. Or worse.

    • Alec Sevins

      Yeah, keep repeating the same old bull that flies on right-wing talk shows.

      I bet you think Typhoon Haiyan (10,000+ dead) has absolutely nothing to do with warming oceans, which absorb 90% of the excess heat that CO2 is trapping.

      • http://johnturmel.com John C. Turmel, B. Eng.

        Jct: There’s been no global temperature increase since 1998 when your hockey stick graph broke off. It showed we should be a full degree hotter by now than we are! Surprise. Yes, you’d better think I’d bet the typhoon has nothing to do with the oceans that have not warmed up, nor sea-level risen! Har har har har har har.

  • http://johnturmel.com John C. Turmel, B. Eng.

    Richard Branson: climate deniers need to be “called out”
    Jct: Mann-made global warming “denier” John “The Engineer” “Great Canadian Gambler” Turmel called out? TajProfessor of Poker Systems Engineering raises the low-tech tuna. I bet Richard Branson 1,000 pounds or Euros that temperate will continue going down over the next 3 years! Har har har. Call out a real scientist! Har har har har har har.