Thursday, November 04, 2010

Love your sceptics! Part 2

A regular figure at the Sustainable Scotland Network conference, Cllr Alison Hay is from Mid Argyle and is a Lib Dem councillor who is also the COSLA spokesperson for Regeneration and Sustainability. (COSLA is the body which represents the 32 Scottish local authorities.)

Cllr Alison Hay
I know Alison is a regular figure in these circles because I have been to this conference before. I recall her as being passionate in her belief in the catastrophic global warming message and the urgent need to change behaviours.

Her speech indicated she still believes there is a scientific imperative for action.  But today the passion was gone.  Her comments were tempered by the recognition that she needed to respect the disinterest of many of the public.  In fact, in responding to the policy imperatives of our ground breaking Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, her tone of response was that of pragmatism and flexibility (not unlike that of Jim Mather).  She showed a respect for public opinion.  I hope I encouraged her to reconsider her deference to the so called consensus science.

Part 1 is here.  Part 3 follows.

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