Saturday, 4 May 2013

AGW Sceptical Party surges in UK Election

"Send in the Clowns"

The UK Independence Party is sceptical about the existence of man-made climate change and would scrap all subsidies for renewable energy. It would also cancel all wind farm developments. Instead, it backs the expansion of shale gas extraction, or fracking, and a mass programme of nuclear power stations.  (Link)   Roger Helmer introduced their Energy Policy (link - pdf) Roger has previously stated that the Climate Scare is over (Link).

The Mail Online (link) reported

UKIP 'clowns' have last laugh: Anti-Europe party's surge as PM forced to eat his words

Nigel Farage claimed UKIP was the country's third political force yesterday as David Cameron withdrew his dismissal of them as 'fruitcakes'.

The anti-EU party took chunks out of the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems, grabbing 139 council seats.
In the biggest surge by a minority party in England since the Second World War, UKIP won a quarter of the vote, pushing Labour into third and the Lib Dems into fourth.
Mr Farage, in a reference to Tory minister Kenneth Clarke's attack on his party as 'clowns' just days ago, declared: 'Send in the clowns.' 
The UKIP leader claimed it could now replicate the success of the Reform party in Canada, which used a by-election win to build a significant base in Parliament, and insisted he should be included in any party leaders' TV debates at the 2015 general election.
Senior Tories were alarmed at the UKIP surge, but took comfort from the fact that the party's overall loss of 335 councillors was significantly lower than expected.
The Business Green reported (link)
However, the Greens' gains were overshadowed by those for UKIP, which by mid-morning had secured 42 council seats across the country and commanded around a quarter of the vote.

Concerns are mounting among green groups that the UKIP surge could have a knock-on impact on energy and environmental policy, given that David Cameron is now under mounting pressure to tack to the right.
Lord Christopher Monckton is a member of  UKIP and is their spokesman on Climate Change.