Rupert Murdoch: Climate Change Mostly Natural

Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 10:36 PM

By Greg Richter

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Climate change is nothing new, says News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, and is only slightly caused by human activity.

"Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here, and there will always be a little bit of it," Murdoch said in a television interview on his own Sky News. "At the moment the North Pole is melting, but the South Pole is getting bigger. Things are happening. How much of it are we doing, with emissions and so on? As far as Australia goes? Nothing in the overall picture."

Murdoch's interview was reported in The Guardian.

A worst-case global warming scenario, he said, was that the earth's temperature would rise three degrees Celsius in the next century. Only one of those degrees, he said, would be because of human activity.

"What it means is if the sea level rises six inches it’s a big deal, the Maldives might disappear, but we can’t mitigate that, we can’t stop it, we just have to stop building vast houses on seashores," Murdoch said.

"The world has been changing for thousands and thousands of years, it’s just a lot more complicated today because we are more advanced," he said.

Murdoch also poked at another sacred cow of environmentalists: windmills. He said Australian investors should steer clear of wind farms.

"All I can see from this distance is the prospect of a lot of unemployment unless we can get small people starting businesses and some bigger industries coming too," Murdoch said. "We can be the low-cost energy country in the world. We shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish."

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