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Michael O'Leary thinks climate change talk is 'complete and utter rubbish'

“This nonsense that we’ll have to cut back on beef consumption or all become vegans or all start riding bicycles is not the way forward.”

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RYANAIR CHIEF EXECUTIVE Michael O’Leary has said he does not accept the link between fossil fuels and global warming.

Speaking to RTÉ’s CountryWide show, O’Leary was asked about his opinions as a farmer on a range of issues from Brexit to Donald Trump.

When asked about the opinion that the human race will have to cut back on beef consumption or change farming habits, O’Leary was typically robust.

“I think it’s complete and utter rubbish.

They remind me of these people who used to hang around the market squares 2,000 years ago, saying the end of the world is nigh.

“You go back to London in the 18th century, they all thought they were going to die of smog.

If you’re concerned about these issues, the obvious one is more nuclear fuel, but you ask the likes of Mary Robinson, the climate justice mob, and they recoil in horror because it’s not trendy or liberal.

O’Leary added that he felt “human ingenuity will find ways of improving the way we breed beef and the way we consume fuel”.

Asked did he accept climate change existed, O’Leary said that cooling and warming had been ‘going on for years’ and he didn’t accept it was linked to carbon usage.

“I don’t accept that climate change is real. I don’t accept the link between carbon consumption and climate change.

“I will always be wary of these people saying the world is night.

This nonsense that we’ll have to cut back on beef consumption or all become vegans or all start riding bicycles is not the way forward.

Last month, the UN said that 2017 was already an “extreme” year, climate-wise.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) warned that the drastic shifts seen in the global climate system that resulted in a range of alarming records last year appear to be continuing unabated.

“We are now in truly uncharted territory,” David Carlson, head of the World Climate Research Programme, said in a release from the WMO.

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