Sunday, 10 January 2010
What is the reason behind Roy Oldham’s 180 degree about turn on the issue of Global Warming
Tameside Executive Leader Roy Oldham is strongly supporting the "10/10" initiative, aimed at cutting energy consumption by 10% during the year 2010. This is a Damascene* conversion to the cause of Global Warming and Climate Change on the part of Cllr Oldham. During the full council meeting of 7th October 2003 the executive Leader referred to the impact on the climate of volcanic activity and stated that climate change was out of our control. He further stated that there was "Not much pollution in 5000 BC and things were warmer then." I am intrigued at the Leader's change of opinion on this matter. The minutes for this meeting are no longer available "on line" but are available on request. the only mention of this subject is the simple comment :- A detailed discussion took place on the content of the report and the Executive Leader in responding took the opportunity to identify a series of new initiatives to be presented to Members shortly.
*Damascene. From the conversion of St Paul to Christianity on the road to Damascus. A complete change in one's beliefs.