|Engineering professor Nilay Shah|
Engineering professor Nilay Shah of Imperial College London, lead author of a new climate change report, says that politicians such as Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott are like the South African leaders who contributed to thousands of unnecessary deaths by claiming that HIV did not cause AIDS:
POLITICIANS who dismiss the need for urgent action on climate change are like the South African leaders who contributed to thousands of unnecessary deaths by claiming that HIV did not cause AIDS, a scientist has said.
Nilay Shah, of Imperial College London, said that politicians such as Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has raised doubts about the science behind climate change, would be judged as harshly by future generations as those who questioned the medical evidence on AIDS.
He made the remarks when launching a report saying that the world needed to be spending $2 trillion a year by 2050, or 1 per cent of GDP, to limit global warming to two degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Professor Shah, lead author of the report by Imperial College's Grantham Institute for Climate Change, said: "There's an interesting parallel with South Africa in the 90s, where political capital was being made out of HIV denial. Those people must now regret what they did. I suspect that some of the politicians [now arguing against rapid cuts in emissions] will still be around in the mid-2030s and will reflect that they didn't do enough on climate change."
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If someone is going to be "judged harshly", it is this professor, who is spreading false information about (a growing number of) politicians who are brave enough to oppose the false religion of human induced global warming.