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Gummer, WFC And The Curious Case Of Nuclear Power

January 1, 2013

By Paul Homewood



John Gummer, now Lord Deben, has been chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, which advises the government on matters relating to climate change policy.

He is also, as we now know, a Council Member for the World Future Council, according to their website, and, as such, one of 42 members responsible for policy making.

One of the WFC’s “Policy Action Plans” is to phase out subsidies for nuclear fuel. Indeed, their publication, “The Sky’s The Limit”, makes clear their real attitude to nuclear power, calling it a “Risky or Unsuitable Option”, (along with, interestingly, Biomass and Carbon Capture).


I don’t suppose any of this will come as any surprise. However, it all rather puts Gummer in a rather embarrassing position. After all, much of the UK government’s climate change and energy policy is centred around big increases in nuclear power capacity.

And to attract potential investors for nuclear, the government is to introduce what are known as “contracts for difference” for nuclear power generation, as well as renewables. Put simply, these are guaranteed prices, to be funded by energy users. In other words, subsidies!

(The full detail is in the recently published Energy Bill).


Gummer’s role at the WFC is clearly at odds with government policy and his Chairmanship of the CCC, and he should resign from the latter immediately. He should also explain why he has failed to declare his WFC membership in his Parliamentary Register of Interests.



I have an FOI out with the DECC, to see just what they know about this matter, and have also sent a written complaint to the Commissioner of Standards at the House of Lords, asking for an investigation.

Watch this space!

  1. coldoldman permalink
    January 1, 2013 5:33 pm

    Good luck with the FOI and may I wish you a Happy New Year for 2013.

  2. January 2, 2013 2:34 am

    Paul, world leaders will be forced to return to nuclear energy, because E = mc2 and . . .

    Energy (E) is stored as mass (m) in cores of heavy atoms (like U and Pu), some planets (like Jupiter and Saturn), ordinary stars (like the Sun), and AGN (active galactic nuclei) like the core of the Milky Way.

    Some of that energy [1] was released from the cores of U and Pu atoms over Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 Aug 1945 and 9 Aug 1945, respectively.

    Frightened world leaders formed the United Nations on 24 Oct 1945 and tried to save themselves and society from nuclear annihilation by

    _a.) Reducing nationalism and the threat of nationalistic wars
    _b.) Promoting misinformation about stars [2] in 1946

    The AGW story is part of the effort to obscure the nature of Earth’s heat source [3].

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

    1. Oliver K. Manuel, ”Neutron Repulsion”, The APEIRON Journal 19, 123-150 (2012):

    2. Fred Hoyle, “The chemical composition of the stars,” Monthly Notices Royal Astronomical Society 106, 255-259 (1946); “The synthesis of elements from hydrogen,” ibid., 343-383 (1946).

    3. Oliver K. Manuel and Alberto Boretti, “Yes, the Sun is a pulsar,” Nature (submitted 12 Dec 2012)

  3. Paul M permalink
    January 2, 2013 11:17 am

    Regarding Deben/Gummer’s interests, note from this article on his appointment

    “Lord Deben’s present professional positions include: Chairman, Association of Independent Financial Advisers; Chairman, Forewind Ltd”

    See if you can guess what “Forewind Ltd” do. (He has now stepped down from that post).

    He is also president of ‘Globe International’, following in the footsteps of Stephen Byers and Elliot Morley.

  4. January 2, 2013 5:40 pm

    I have started writing a new paper, “Yes, Fred, the Sun is full of iron.”

    This is a detective story involving Sir Fred Hoyle, the famous British astronomer who

    a.) Led solar science astray in 1946
    b.) Left a long trail of hints his 1946 papers were wrong
    c.) Ridiculed the absurdity of the Big Bang theory of a finite universe [1]
    c.) Was denied the Nobel Prize William Fowler received in 1983 for Hoyle’s work [1], and
    d.) Probably contacted George Orwell (author of Animal Farm) in ~1948 to warn him a similar form of government would engulf the entire world by “1984.”

    George Orwell’s prediction came to pass, on schedule, but Dr. Vaclav Klaus [2], President of the Czech Republic, was one of few who saw it coming before Climategate e-mails and documents revealed purposeful government deception in Nov 2009.

    Oliver K. Manuel

    1. Bernard Lovell, “Sir Fred Hoyle,” The Guardian (23 Aug 2001)

    2. Vaclav Klaus, Blue Planet in Green Shackles (Competitive Enterprise Institute, first edition, 2007) 100 pages,

  5. Brian H permalink
    February 9, 2013 10:11 am

    Oliver, you have long since degenerated into a thread-hijack troll. Your posts are universally ignored on the subject. In fact, you have probably ensured your hypothesis will be ignored for a long, long, time. Congratulations.

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