Professor Trevor Davies, UAE pro-vice-chancellor for research, said that the university had been aware of Lord Oxburgh’s business interests but believed that he would lead the panel of six scientists “in an utterly objective way” while making the following excuse:
- It is unlikely that a group of people who have the necessary experience to assess the science, but have formed no view of their own on global warming, could be found.
- it may be that we shall need . . . regulations which impose very severe penalties on people who emit more than specified amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.