Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary of the Department of Climate Change

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Sensible views from Dr Martin Parkinson, Secretary of the Department of Climate Change – extracted from his address to the Lowy Institute on 14 April 2010. 

Even if you are not convinced by the weight of scientific evidence on climate change, good public governance demands a prudent approach to treating climate change as a serious risk-management exercise.  Put bluntly, the risks of getting it wrong are too great to gamble anything on the minority view – or ideological position – that human induced climate change is definitely not occurring.  If there is even a small chance that climate change is occurring, a sensible and balanced policy must reflect this.  While we don’t expect to have a car crash, it’s prudent to pay for car insurance to cover the risk.  Surprisingly this precautionary principle has been forgotten by many who should know better”.

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