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Reply From My MP–Part II

July 2, 2013

By Paul Homewood

 

I wrote to my MP, Angela Smith, in May asking her to justify the UK Climate Change Act. She passed my letter onto DECC, and I have now received the reply from Greg Barker, Minister of State.

I asked if she was aware of certain facts, and how, in the light of these, she could justify the Act

The first five questions were dealt with in Part I here.

Part II continues.

 

 

6) Sea Level Rise

A survey of all of the current tidal gauge sites around the UK coast shows that sea levels have actually fallen slightly in the last 10 years.

DECC Reply

NONE

Part of the justification for the Act was the various predicted calamitous effects on the UK of “climate change”, one of which was sea level rise. The government’s Regional Climate Adaptation Studies warned us to expect a rise of 0.35 metres by 2050.

Do DECC still stand by these predictions? If they do, they need to justify them. If not, they should review what effect this has on public policy.


   

7) CO2 Emissions

In 2011, the last year figures are available for, the UK emitted 124 million tonnes of carbon. By contrast the increase in emissions by China/India was 267 million tonnes.

China’s government has announced that its emissions will continue to increase substantially for many years to come.

I have been informed by DECC that they do not know, and have not asked, what effect the Climate Change Act 2008 will have on global temperatures.

DECC Reply

I note Mr Homewood’s comments about the UK’s emissions in the context of those of China and India. However, “walking the walk” is critical to influencing others. The UK may be a small part of the overall problem, in emission terms, but we cannot tell others to do things we are not prepared to do ourselves. The UK and EU need to show leadership and to demonstrate that the shift to a low carbon model is achievable if we are to have any credibility and get other major emitters to take action.

That is one of the reasons why long term trends are important and we want the EU to move to a 30% emissions reduction target for 2020.

There is no secret that the purpose of the Act was to “show leadership”. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the world don’t seem to be paying any attention. The following table shows how CO2 emissions have changed since 2008.

 

Fossil Fuel Emissions – Million Tonnes Carbon

  China India UK
2008 1918 475 143
2011 2485 616 124
Inc/Dec 567 141 -19

http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/emis/tre_prc.html

 

Furthermore, China have made it absolutely clear that they intend to keep increasing their emissions. Xie Zhenhua, China’s chief negotiator to the UN climate change talks, informed us last November that “China’s emissions will increase in tandem with economic growth, until their GDP per capita matches ours.”

The first objective listed under the Act is:-

 

1. To avoid dangerous climate change in an economically sound way. In particular by:

Demonstrating the UK’s leadership in tackling climate change – to increase the chances of a binding international emissions reduction agreement.

   

It must be clear now that this objective has failed, and therefore one of the main justifications for the Act is no longer viable.

DECC have effectively admitted that any emissions reductions, that the UK achieves, will have no noticeable effect on global temperatures. Worse still, as the Act’s Impacts Assessment spells out:-

 

Where the UK acts alone, though there would be a net benefit for the world as a whole the UK would bear all the cost of the action and would not experience any benefit from reciprocal reductions elsewhere. The economic case for the UK continuing to act alone where global action cannot be achieved would be weak.

 

How much longer will the government be prepared to continue with the Act, without any international agreement that commits China and India to reductions?

 

 

The remaining issues raised in my letter will be dealt with in Part III.

A full copy of DECC’s reply to me can be seen in Part I.

6 Comments
  1. July 2, 2013 3:12 pm

    Paul,

    You may want to send your MP a copy of the open message sent today (2 July 2013) to the Committee on Space Science and Technology of the United States House of Representatives:

    The United States House of Representatives
    Committee on Space Science and Technology
    Washington, DC, USA

    Greetings,

    RE: Open Message on the Corruption of Science:
    The Destruction of Inalienable Rights of Citizens

    Concern for our increasingly unstable society and for those trying to prevent it’s violent eruption by destroying basic constitutional rights of citizens would benefit from your active investigation and support, if confirmed, of one indisputable fact

    1. Supported by the best available scientific measurements and observations on rest masses, abundances and half-lives of atoms and elements in the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, meteorites, Mars and Jupiter;

    2. Consistent with the spiritual teachings of every major religion; and

    3. Hidden from the public after 1945 out of fear this information might be used to destroy life on Earth by nuclear annihilation:

    The core of the Sun is a pulsar that made our elements and gave explosive birth to the Solar System five billion years (5 Gyr) ago. Its source of energy – neutron repulsion – is the same energy that vaporized Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug 6 and 9, 1945 (and frightened world leaders into forming the United Nations on 24 Oct 1945 to save the world from nuclear annihilation). The Sun’s core is made of neutrons (n). An expanded neutron form – hydrogen atoms (1H) – pours from its atmosphere. Hydrogen and Helium are by-products of the production of solar energy. The most abundant atom in the Sun, iron-56 (56Fe), is the most stable combination of neutrons and hydrogen atoms. Other mixtures of neutrons and hydrogen atoms comprise every atom in the Solar System, as shown on the front cover of the Proceedings of the 1999 ACS Symposium on the Origin of Elements in the Solar System organized with help from the late Nobel Laureate Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg:

    http://www.amazon.com/Origin-Elements-Solar-System-Implications/dp/0306465620

    Half-life measurements at Purdue suggest that other than gravitational, electrical, nuclear and magnetic force fields invisibly connect every atom to the pulsar and to each other over vast regions of space (greater than the combined volume of ten billion, billion Earths) that filled with debris from the explosive birth of the Solar System five billion years ago.

    Our fate and Earth’s constantly changing climate depend entirely on the pulsar that government scientists hid from the public after 1945.

    Copies of this message will be sent to individual members of Congress and to others concerned about the tension between US citizens and the US government, the corruption of government science, and the loss of basic constitutional rights of US citizens.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics

  2. edmh permalink
    July 2, 2013 5:22 pm

    The sad thing is that global warming is not happening.

    The sun is moving back to a little ice age state and it is likely to remain that way for several decades at least.

    To date this year the Met Office Central England Temperature record is a full 1.9degC cooler than the average from 2000 – 2012 and winter temperatures in the UK have already eliminated all the temperature gains that have been made since 1850, recovering from the Little Ice age.

    That means serious crop failures on a large scale.

    With the great Global warming scare the western world’s politicians have ignored that possibility and the deprivation to the biosphere and mankind is bound to cause.

    The inmates are in control of the asylum.

    • July 2, 2013 5:42 pm

      And when the AMO turns negative in the 2020’s, it will get colder still.

      • edmh permalink
        July 2, 2013 5:46 pm

        dead right

  3. July 2, 2013 5:56 pm

    Wow, the DECC response is massively unimpressive. All they did was toe the party line.

    This is another indication of the inertia of the AGW movement.

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