As the world prepares to converge on Copenhagen for the COP15 Climate Summit,
Denmark’s Speaker of Parliament has expressed serious doubts as to the way
in which the climate debate has developed.
“The problem is that lots of people go around saying that the climate change
we see is a result of human activity. That is a very dangerous claim,”
Parliamentary Speaker and former Finance Minister Thor Pedersen (Lib) tells
“Unfortunately I seem to experience that scientists say: ‘We have a theory’ –
then that crosses the road to the politicians who say: ‘We know’. Who can be
bothered to hear a scientist who says ‘I have a theory’ when politicians go
around saying ‘I know’” Thor Pedersen says.
Thor Pedersen (Lib) "Scientists say: ‘We have a theory’ – then that crosses the road to the politicians who say: ‘We know’"
No temperature rise
Thor Pedersen adds that the temperature has not risen in the past decade.
“I’m not saying that in the decade that the temperature has fallen or
stagnated is enough to evaluate developments. But one should only say what
one knows,” the Speaker adds.
“You should say that although we believed in our models, that the temperature
would rise from 1998 to 2008, we have to admit that it has not risen. We
cannot explain why it has not risen, but we believe we still have a problem.
I’m just asking that people say what they actually know,” Pedersen tells DR.
Pedersen says that a major challenge is how to ensure energy and food to cater
for the major population growth the world will be experiencing, and that the
COP15 Climate Summit could result in an agreement that reduces the pressure
on the Earth.
“We should all shake hands and agree to do everything possible to create good
living conditions. That has nothing to do with the climate debate, in which
we try to determine the globe’s temperature. It is common sense,” Thor
Pedersen says in his interview with DR.