HE is in charge of a company named by a green research organisation as the dirtiest in Ireland in 2007.
Little wonder then that Michael O’Leary has such strong views about anything environmentalists – who he once branded ‘hairy hypocrites’ – have to say about anything.
But while global warming is as widely accepted as a reality as climate change is, the Ryanair boss is having absolutely none of it.
In a forthright interview, he has gone on the offensive against global warming, saying it doesn’t exist. And in vintage form, he derides global warming as ‘horse****’.
Indeed, he says the phenomenon has been invented by scientists to justify their research grants.
He also rails against ‘f****** eco warriors’, former U.S. vice-President and environmentalist Al Gore, weather men and a United Nations report on climate change he calls ‘tosh’.
O’Leary, who labelled environmentalists as ‘lying w******’ in a Daily Mail interview in 2006, said: ‘Nobody can argue that there isn’t climate change.
‘The climate’s been changing since time immemorial. Do I believe there is global warming? No. I believe it’s all a load of bull****.
‘But it’s amazing the way f****** eco-warriors and the media have changed. It used to be global warming but when global temperatures haven’t risen in the past 12 years, they say “climate change”.
‘We’ve had an ice age and a couple of very hot spells during the Middle Ages, so nobody can deny climate change.’
But he insisted that there was ‘absolutely no link’ between manmade carbon and climate change. And he attacked the science world for their own role in the hysteria surrounding global warming and climate change.
He said: ‘Scientists argue there is global warming because they wouldn’t get half of the funding they get now if it turns out to be completely bogus.
‘The scientific community has nearly always been wrong in history anyway. It is bizarre that people who can’t tell us what the f****** weather is next Tuesday can predict with precision what the f****** global temperatures will be in 100 years’ time. It’s horse****.’
Mr O’Leary attacked the UN as one of the world’s most ‘useless’ organisations. And he described as ‘utter tosh’ the organisation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to which over 550 of the world’s leading scientists contributed.
The report warned that there would be a worldwide increase in freak and severe weather conditions, with the risk of flood and drought intensifying.
O’Leary was equally withering about Al Gore, who he said ‘couldn’t even get f****** re-elected’ after a boom’.
And with a rise in British air passenger duty of between 1 1.20and 0 6due, he slammed it as a ‘tax scam’.
He said: ‘When they introduced it, the UK Treasury said: “We will ring-fence this money and use it for global climate change initiatives.
‘We have written to them every six months – they never answer the letter – saying: “What do you use the money for?”
‘It’s a straightforward tax scam.’