Minister for the Environment in Northern Ireland’s laughable attempt at a parliamentary democracy, Sammy Wilson MLA, has rejected a UK government advertising campaign aimed at targeting energy wastage.
Wilson, who might well be considered a moron by some people, said that the adverts were “giving people the impression that by turning off the standby light on their TV they could save the world from melting glaciers and being submerged in 40ft of water”.
He said that was “patent nonsense”.
Mr Wilson, who has been described by some people as a moron, said he had written to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to say that the advertising campaign Act on CO2 “was not welcome”.
He explained that he did not believe in its message that “man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause of climate change” and that the campaign was contrary to his personal views.
He told DECC: “I do not wish for climate change messages to be promoted by other Whitehall departments here”.
Mr Wilson, who once appeared in a newspaper photographed naked in a field with a woman who was not his wife, once described climate change activism as a hysterical pseudo-religion, in contrast to the hysterical actual religion ‘Free Presbyterianism’ perpetrated by many members of his political party.
Seriously, this man is the Deeply Unimpressive Party’s Westminster spokesperson on Education and Skills; is this the best Northern Ireland can hope to do with its new political dispensation? Does the Minister for the Environment really think it’s a good idea not to run adverts aimed at helping people reduce their energy usage, even in a recession, when all the work has already been done by the UK government?
Surely only a moron would think that.