UKIP MEP Roger Helmer speaks during the debate on the 'LIFE' climate action programme, Strasbourg, 21.11.2013
• European Parliament, Strasbourg, 21 November 2013
• Speaker: Roger Helmer MEP, UK Independence Party (UKIP, East Midlands), Europe of Freedom and Democracy group (EFD).
• Debate: Programme for the environment and climate action (LIFE) Report: Jutta Haug(A7-0294/2012) - Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) [COM(2011)0874 - C7-0498/2011 - 2011/0428(COD)] Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Yesterday in this Chamber I had a sharp exchange with our colleague Mr. Claude Turmes. He believes that the recent flood tragedy in Sardinia was caused by Climate Change, and therefore that those of us who argue against man-made global warming are somehow responsible. I told him the disaster was caused by the weather.
It seems we were both wrong. Immediately after our exchange, I was approached by our Italian colleague Mrs. Susy De Martini, who has followed this issue closely, and has met with the Mayor of Olbia, Mr Giovannelli.
He doesn't believe that the flood was caused by Global Warming. He blames the EU's Stability & Growth Pact, which has denied Sardinia the funding it needs to manage its water-courses. The flood in Sardinia was caused not by Global Warming, but by a failure to dredge the river.
Mrs. De Martini is so concerned about this problem she has tabled a Written Question to Italian Commissioner Antonio Tajani.
Mr. President: The House, and Mr. Turmes, may like to note that natural disasters can have much more mundane and down-to-earth causes than Global Warming.