Polish EU budget chief questions global warming and climate targets
Janusz Lewandowsk, the Polish budget commissioner and chief architect of the EU's forthcoming â‚¬130 multi-annual budget, is receiving strong criticism after expressing his doubts about global warming and the future emission policies of the EU.
In an interview with a Polish newspaper Lewandowsk said that:
He also expressed doubts about EU's future climate goal saying the CO2 reduction targets "are too ambitious for the Polish economy" and that "a quick jump away from coal" would for Poland "be a disaster". And this was no misquote from the Polish newspaper. A spokesman for Lewandowski even confirmed the accuracy of the statements later to the EU observer:
Environmental organizations and political groups are afraid that Lewandowsk's science and climate skepticism will affect the drafting of the â‚¬130 budget that will form EU's political course of action and structure between 2014 and 2020. But the Polish climate skepticism comes as no surprise. Poland helped block strong European leadership on climate during the Cop14 climate summit in 2008. And it's an even less surprise considering the fact that Poland relies heavily on coal, around of 90%, for its electricity generation.
The environmental organization WWF also expressed their worry about the climate change denying budget chief:
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso shows no sign of worry though. Saying that "the effects of climate change are - quite literally - all around us" and that the EU will stay it's course on climate change. But one can only imagine how embarrassed Barroso must be from Lewandowsk's anti-science statements.