|London, 12 July 1999.
For immediate release.
This international conference, hosted by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, included John Prescott as a keynote speaker. Its work centred around the Kyoto Summit at which reductions in carbon dioxide emissions were agreed by industrial nations.
On June 14th, ABD members gathered on the pavement outside Chatham House to lobby delegates and provide independent objective information on climate change to passers-by. The reaction of the public to the ABD's literature was generally one of surprise, as few were aware of the impact of the Sun on climate change, and that while this was being ignored carbon taxation was causing them to lose 86p in every £1 spent on petrol directly to government coffers, for no good environmental reason.
But it was the response of the conference delegates that provided the biggest surprise. About half of the 150 delegates were lobbied, and some of the comments received were:
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said: "What is going on here? Delegates attending a conference on how to implement cuts in carbon dioxide emissions are openly admitting that they are familiar with scientists whose work suggests the whole thing is a complete waste of time. Why are these people not speaking out?"
ABD Committee member and environmental analyst Bernard Abrams is equally forthright: "John Prescott, along with many others, has been taken in by a bandwagon of environmentalist pseudo science which has been whipped up into the mother of scare stories. It is time for the truth to come out."
Further motoring tax rises are totally unjustifiable on environmental grounds. Once this country's 30 million driving licence holders realise the truth, Prescott's political future will be bleak.