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Ukip chief under fire for 'climate change not man-made' remark.

THE leader of Ukip in Wales believes it is "complete stupidity to think by sticking a bunch of wind turbines all over Wales that we are somehow going to stop the weather from changing".

Nathan Gill made the claim that climate change is not a man-made problem during an appearance on BBC Wales' Sunday Supplement.

His comments have been criticised by rival party members. Mr Gill said: "We don't agree that man is responsible for changing the climate. We think it's hubris and we also think that governments have realised this is a great way of taxing people and people will say 'thank you for taxing us because you're going to save the world'."

He added: "A volcano eruption will produce more CO. than man has ever been able to produce in the short time since the industrial revolution."

In response, Pippa Bartolotti, leader of the Green Party in Wales, insisted climate change was very much man-made.

She said: "The CO. which is being burnt every time we use fossil fuels goes into the atmosphere and is heating up the planet.

"Greenhouses gases are going to cause global warming of up to six degrees if we don't do something about it now."

Labour's Carl Sargeant, the Welsh Government's environment minister, said it was "bonkers" to suggest climate change wasn't affected by humans.

Meanwhile, Roger Williams, deputy leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said: "It's staggering to hear that Ukip deny the existence of man-made climate change.

"Once again, Ukip is trying to take us backwards, rather than forwards."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 13, 2015
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