• In a report debated today in the European Parliament, French Green Party MEP Nicole Kiil-Nielsen claims global warming ‘is not gender neutral’.
In response UKIP MEP for the East Midlands, Roger Helmer said: "The idea that climate change affects women disproportionately to men is laughable. This silly report is simply linking the gender hobby horse to the cause de jour."
Mr. President,This report represents an heroic attempt to link two of this parliament's main obsessions: women's rights and climate change. But sadly it fails to do so.
Climate change gets blamed for many things, mostly without justification. But few people will believe that domestic violence against women is caused by climate change, or that the low representation of women in government is caused by global warming.
Some will feel it's discriminatory that we don't have a parallel report on men and climate change. After all, men and women live in the same climate. Women and men switch on the same lights and televisions and computers. Women and men both inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.
The report makes one valid point: that "women are less able to respond and adapt in the face of changes such as global warming and its side-effects".
Mr President, the biggest side-effect of global warming is the huge economic damage that our climate mitigation policies are doing. High energy prices and excessive regulation are driving jobs and industries and investment out of the EU altogether, frequently to jurisdictions with lower emissions standards.
Sadly, it is probably the case that this will impact more seriously on women than on men. The best thing we could do for women, and for all mankind, is to scrap our absurd and damaging climate policies.