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Roger Helmer: Climate action is both doomed and disastrous
Date 20/11/2013 17:28  Author webmaster  Hits 3000  Language Global
UKIP MEP Roger Helmer speaks during the Horizon 2020 debate  - the framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020), Strasbourg, 20.11.2013



• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 20 November 2013

• Speaker: Roger Helmer MEP, UK Independence Party (UKIP, East Midlands), Europe of Freedom and Democracy group (EFD).

• Joint debate: Horizon 2020 - Framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020)

1. Horizon 2020 - framework programme for research and innovation (2014-2020)
Report:  Teresa Riera Madurell (
A7-0427/2012)
- Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)

[
COM(2011)0809 - C7-0466/2011 - 2011/0401(COD)]
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

2.
Rules for the participation and dissemination in Horizon 2020
Report:  Christian Ehler (
A7-0428/2012)
- Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the rules for the participation and dissemination in 'Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)'

[
COM(2011)0810 - C7-0465/2011 - 2011/0399(COD)]
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

3.
Specific programme implementing Horizon 2020
Report:  Maria Da Graça Carvalho (
A7-0002/2013)
- Report on the proposal for a Council decision establishing the Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020 - The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)

[
COM(2011)0811 - C7-0509/2011 - 2011/0402(CNS)]
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

4.
Strategic innovation agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Report:  Marisa Matias (
A7-0422/2012)
- Report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Strategic Innovation Agenda of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): the contribution of the EIT to a more innovative Europe

[
COM(2011)0822 - C7-0462/2011 - 2011/0387(COD)]
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

5.
European Institute of Innovation and Technology
Report:  Philippe Lamberts (
A7-0403/2012)
- Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 294/2008 establishing the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

[
COM(2011)0817 - C7-0467/2011 - 2011/0384(COD)]
Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Transcript:

Madam President,

Horizon 2020 talks in bold, optimistic language about excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges like climate change – although in fact we haven't seen very much climate change for the last twenty years.

Yet the action we are taking on climate is both doomed and disastrous.

It is doomed, because while we agonise over emissions, there are 1200 new coal-fired plants in the global pipeline – including a couple of dozen in Germany.

It’s time to face the truth – that global emissions will keep rising for decades, and that there is nothing we can do about it.

It is also disastrous, because we are forcing up energy prices to create what Commissioner Tajani has called “an industrial massacre”.

We are forcing households and pensioners into fuel poverty.  This winter, European citizens will die as a result of our climate policies.

We are undermining industrial competitiveness. We are abandoning industrial leadership. We are driving businesses out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investment with them.  We are choosing poverty for our children and our grandchildren.

Madam President: It’s not just energy prices, it’s energy security too.  Our over-reliance on ineffective and intermittent renewables is now threatening our security of supply.

Just wait until the lights go out.  Then you’ll find you've got a real societal challenge.