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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Crazy 80% carbon reduction target is crippling Britain


Mr Davey seemed to suggest that any questioning of his policy cannot be tolerated. In other words, he will brook no opposition - at a time when free speech in Britain seems under threat as never before
Mr Davey seemed to suggest that any questioning of his policy cannot be tolerated. In other words, he will brook no opposition - at a time when free speech in Britain seems under threat as never before
But the most disturbing part of Mr Davey’s speech came towards the end, where he came up with that only too familiar boast that the European Union is leading the world in the fight against the carbon dioxide that is causing all this global warming, and that Britain is leading the EU with its Climate Change Act, committing us — uniquely in the world — to reducing our ‘carbon emissions’ by 80 per cent in fewer than 40 years.
Mr Davey seems quite oblivious to the fact that the rest of the world is no longer taking any notice of what we are up to, and that China and India between them are now building more than 800 new coal-fired power stations, so that China alone is now generating more carbon dioxide every year via its new power stations than the total emitted by Britain.
Even the EU is at last waking up to the fact that ‘decarbonising’ its economy is making electricity so expensive that ever more firms are moving their operations overseas — not least to America, where the shale gas revolution has more than halved the price of gas and electricity in just five years.
So poor little Britain is left increasingly alone, with an energy policy deliberately designed to price out of the market those very much cheaper fuels which still provide most of the electricity we need to keep our homes lit and warm, and our economy running.
China alone is now generating more carbon dioxide every year via its new coal-fired power stations than the total emitted by Britain (Coal Power Plant in Hebei Province, China, pictured)
China alone is now generating more carbon dioxide every year via its new coal-fired power stations than the total emitted by Britain (Coal Power Plant in Hebei Province, China, pictured)
And all this is in the name of the dream that we can somehow rely on wind that doesn’t always blow, sun that doesn’t always shine, and, maddest of all, on ‘carbon capture and storage’ — the fanciful notion that we can somehow collect all that climate-changing carbon dioxide from our remaining fossil-fuel power stations to pipe it away safely into holes under the North Sea.
Sadly, most people still have very little idea just how dangerously crackpot Britain’s energy policy has become, not least because so few people in positions of influence — MPs and journalists much among them — have been prepared to do enough homework to ask precisely the sort of searching questions which Mr Davey thinks we shouldn’t be allowed to ask.
We are faced with a policy intended not just to make our electricity supplies increasingly unreliable, but at such a crippling cost — in ever-rising green taxes and the subsidies we must all pay through our energy bills — that ever more households will be driven into fuel poverty.
With every year that passes, yet more families will simply find that they can no longer afford to keep their homes provided with comforts we have all come to take for granted.
This is the inconvenient truth which hides behind the impenetrable jargon that fills the 208 pages of the Energy Bill Mr Davey is rushing through Parliament.
Tim Yeo, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, last year made £200,000 on top of his Parliamentary salary by working for firms making a fortune out of 'renewable energy'
Tim Yeo, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, last year made £200,000 on top of his Parliamentary salary by working for firms making a fortune out of 'renewable energy'
What was oddest of all about Monday’s speech was his charge that anyone questioning what he is up to might only be doing so because they represent sinister ‘vested interests’ which wish to stand in the way of him saving the planet. 
For here we are into complete Alice Through The Looking Glass territory, where every charge he levels at those opposed to his assumptions and policies in fact applies in spades to the very people  who are egging him on to go even further in the same  suicidal direction.
Among those exhorting MPs yesterday to vote for an amendment calling for even faster ‘decarbonisation’ of our economy, no one was more conspicuous than those ‘vested interests’ which stand to make billions out of the subsidy bonanza unleashed by our renewable energy policy.
The amendment, which only narrowly failed, was moved by Tim Yeo MP, chairman of the Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change, who last year made £200,000 on top of his Parliamentary salary by working for a swathe of firms making a fortune out of ‘renewable energy’.
What few people know is that these firms include the company that owns the Channel Tunnel, which has a £500 million contract to run a cable under the sea to bring electricity from French nuclear power stations to Britain — specifically to make up for power no longer available here when there isn’t enough wind to keep our subsidised windmills turning.
It has become only too  obvious that the world inhabited by the green zealots at Westminster has turned reality upside down. 
The dodgy science and the vested interests Mr Davey talked of are all to be found on his side of the argument — not the one whose views he so hysterically denigrates and which he wants to see suppressed. 
The role for the rest of us, it seems, is to swallow the propaganda, pay those ever-soaring bills — and wait for our lights to go out.

Christopher Booker
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2335982/CHRISTOPHER-BOOKER-A-dangerously-deluded-energy-policy-greens-want-hide-truth-soaring-bills.html#ixzz2VKba4HHz
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

All this whilst the climate is cooling.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tap, Maurice Strong, a Canadian I believe, has made himself a multi billionaire buying and selling carbon credits.
A local mining firm made 50 million pounds, in an award from the EEC, then sold up and the money went, we don't know where.
It was supposed to have been for making a pipeline to the coast, to pump carbon into oil wells.
The public have not got a clue what the Elite do with our money.