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Davey And The Dims Will Save The Planet (Even If It Kills Us All In The Attempt!)

November 23, 2013
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By Paul Homewood

 

On Wednesday, DECC released this Press Statement from Ed Davey about the Climate Change Talks at Warsaw.

 

Mr Davey said:

“This week in Warsaw is absolutely critical to getting a climate deal in 2015. No one should leave this conference without the clear understanding and agreement that from here, we must make sure that when we arrive in Paris in 2015 we are ready to strike a deal.

The UK will be working as part of the EU, to gain momentum for a deal with a push for 50% reduction in European emissions. But we will need to see similar ambitions and commitment from other developed and emerging partners before we can sign”.

Mr Davey also announced that the UK will join the United States in agreeing to end support for public financing of new coal-fired power plants overseas, except in rare circumstances in which the poorest countries have no feasible alternative. The two governments will work together to secure the support of other countries and Multilateral Development Banks to adopt similar policies.

Mr Davey said:

It is completely illogical for countries like the UK and the US to be decarbonising our own energy sectors while paying for coal-fired power plants to be built in other countries.

It undermines global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change and stores up a future financial time bomb for those countries who would have to undo their reliance on coal-fired generation in the decades ahead, as we are having to do today.”

Like the US, the UK recognises that there will be exceptions. We need to take account of new technologies such as Carbon Capture Storage and the very poorest countries where there are no alternatives. But many developing countries will soon find solar and similar energy technologies will become cheaper not just cleaner”.

Recognising the increasing impact of climate change on the world’s poorest countries, Mr Davey has also pledged £50 million from the UK’s International Climate Fund to help more than 860,000 people adapt to those impacts. He called on developed countries to scale up their climate finance commitments.

Mr Davey continued:

“The most vulnerable countries are already feeling the impact of climate change and we know that is going to increase. As we have seen extreme weather events can have disastrous consequences for millions people in developing countries and we have a moral duty to help those countries prepare today for the climate changes ahead.”

“Our climate change challenge is both to help prevent further damaging climate change, but also to help the poorest people from the effects of climate change that is already happening. This funding to help people adapt to our harsher climate conditions and this is a vital part of tackling poverty worldwide”.

Through this funding 25 more projects in the least developed countries will better protect people from climate impacts by providing grants to vulnerable communities to help them improve water management, irrigation and water supply infrastructure; invest in flood protection and drought resistant crops, and develop better weather forecasting and early warning systems.

 

So, let’s pick up the main points:

 

1) The UK is pushing for much greater cuts in EU emissions, but will insist on “ambitions and commitment” from other developed and emerging partners  –

VERDICT –

a) Whether other EU “partners” will be as keen is highly unlikely given Poland’s and the Czech’s  intransigent stance.

b) China and India have already made it clear that they will not reduce emissions.

c) Ambitions and Commitments are two totally different things. Watch out for Dopey Davey to be outflanked by other more realistic “partners”.

 

2) Ending of support for new coal-fired plants.

VERDICT –

There is of course a certain logic in opposing coal power in third world countries, at the same time as we kill it off in our own countries. But I doubt whether said third world countries, eager for cheap, plentiful and reliable power will quite see it that way.

 

3) Carbon capture

VERDICT –

We are assured this is the answer to all our problems. If it was so easy, we would be wheeling it out to third world countries now.

 

4) £50 million in aid from the UK Climate Fund.

VERDICT –

This is actually the most revealing statement of the whole lot.

The UK currently gives out in the region of £10 bn a year in overseas aid, huge amounts of which are thrown away on corruption and waste. Yet Davey can only justify a measly £50 million “to help adapt to the impacts of climate change”.

If Climate Change cannot compete in the same league as Mercedes, luxury jets, guns, tanks, repression  and all the other abuses of foreign aid, then it can hardly be such a big problem after all.

4 Comments
  1. Derek Buxton permalink
    November 23, 2013 12:20 pm

    And this man is allowed to rule over us….on behalf of the EU naturally. We really do have the lunatics in charge of the asylum. I do wonder how many deaths will suit him this winter?

  2. catweazle666 permalink
    November 23, 2013 2:21 pm

    Strikes me he’s going to be disappointed, then.

    AGW = It’s All Gone Wrong!

  3. John F. Hultquist permalink
    November 23, 2013 4:41 pm

    1. A higher standard of living, wealth, and better government will help people respond to severe weather events. Someone that has studied economics should know this. Carbon dioxide reductions will not help.

    2. He hasn’t a clue about the dynamics of the atmosphere.

    3. Has he ever missed a meal or gone without electricity for longer than a power outage?

  4. William Baird permalink
    April 6, 2014 8:32 pm

    Davey has got to be the most pig headed idiot in history. Thank goodness that the Lim Dems (who I voted for for over 30 years are justly heade for extinction.

    I have always kiked Clegg, but Farange proved what an idiot he is too.

    These people should eventually be called to account for thir behavior, for Davey is treason against the British people.

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