Richard Branson: climate change deniers should “get out of the way”

Richard Branson has railed against climate change deniers, saying businesses “should stand up” to them, and that they should “get out of the way”.

The Virgin Group chairman and founder wrote on his blog that he was “enormously impressed” with Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who last month said that climate change deniers should ditch their shares in the technology company.

At Apple’s annual meeting in February, Cook took issue with a question over the profitability of investments in renewable energy. Cook said: “If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”

Branson said he “whole heartedly” supported Cook’s comments and added that businesses should aim to “leave the world better than we found it”.

“More businesses should be following Apple’s stance in encouraging more investment in sustainability,” Branson wrote. “While Tim told sustainability sceptics to ‘get out of our stock’, I would urge climate change deniers to get out of our way.”

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Never let ignorance of facts get in the way of a good headline from the great bearded one.

    There's been no global warming for 17.5 years in spite of rising CO2 emissions. The climate models have failed to predict the pause in warming. The IPCC report acknowledges no correlation between extreme weather and global temperatures.

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2014/03/04/updated-global-temperature-no-global-warming-for-17-years-6-months-no-warming-for-210-months/

    http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/02/95-of-climate-models-agree-the-observations-must-be-wrong/

    Our economic system demands exponential growth in a finite world - that is unsustainable.
    http://freecriticalthinking.org/new-economy/499-economics-to-save-our-civilisation-2

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  • Anonymous

    Did Mr Branson issue his pronouncement from his private jet or from a Virgin airliner whilst protecting the environment?

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  • Ian Middleton

    I quite like Dicky Pickle but I have to admit this sounded somewhat hollow from someone who owns an airline. Would he perhaps like to start paying tax and climate change levy on his jet fuel like every other form of transport pays?

    If he's telling people to et out of environmentally damaging investments should he have Virgin Airlines on the market?

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  • Anonymous

    The media luvvies always report everything that Branson says - it is odd. Quite why Harry Cockburn did not bother to ask the PR people how anybody selling tickets for joyrides in space causing pollution on a huge scale can pontificate about global warming is disappointing but sadly inevitable. A more interesting story would have been an investigation into Branson's tax affairs.

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  • It is so refreshing to see big businessmen talking some sense that actually care. The reality is is that Branson does so much for others yet doesn't go around telling the whole world about it. The IPCC used to be a reliable source of climate information before it was infiltrated by BP. Its not about global warming any more, its about climate change and the huge increase in weather-related disasters. Branson can fly his plane as much as he wants because he realises the greatest threat we face comes from livestock farming and he is taking the necessary steps to do his part to saving our planet.

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  • I wonder if Dicky has ever read the whitepaper on CLIMATE FRAUD written by the designer of his SPACE SHIPS??? http://rps3.com/Pages/Burt_Rutan_on_Climate_Change.htm

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  • Ian Middleton

    Jason - I totally agree with your comments about livestock farming. Not sure with how that fits with Branson though. Unless he's become a vegan.

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