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Letter To My MP

February 28, 2016

By Paul Homewood 

 

 

I have written to my MP, Angela Smith as follows:

 

 

Dear Angela

With regard to the Climate Change Act and decarbonisation targets, can I start by asking if you are aware of the following:

1) Legislation has already been passed for the Fourth Carbon Budget period of 2023-27, which commits the UK to reduce GHG emissions by 52% from 1990 levels.

2) The Committee on Climate Change is now recommending this be increased to a cut of 57% for 2028-32.

3) On the other hand, the EU’s commitment, included in its INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution), is only for a cut of 40% from 1990 by 2030. This pledge will be the EU’s specific commitment to the Paris Climate Treaty.

4) The Paris Agreement specifically acknowledges that the various INDCs submitted will lead to a projected GHG annual  level of 55 GtCO2e by 2030. This is an increase on the latest estimate available, which was 49 Gt in 2010, and a huge increase over the 2005 figure of 37 Gt

5) UK emissions of GHG amount to little more then 1% of global emissions, and therefore any reductions made in the UK will have virtually no effect globally.

6) The cost, ultimately payable by householders, for this decarbonisation is massive. The OBR project a cost of £13.6bn for 2020/21. This is an increase on the current year’s cost of £3.6bn.

7) The Committee on Climate Change forecast that these costs will increase by another £4.8bn by 2030, if their targets are to be achieved.

8) The UK has already achieved a cut of 32% in GHG since 1990. Latest projections from DECC suggest that we will have cut by 40% by 2017.

Bearing the above points in mind, what is the justification making bigger cuts than our EU partners, never mind the rest of the world which will be increasing emissions?

Do you agree that we should revise legislation to reflect a cut of 40% by 2030 and thereby avoid the massive extra costs projected?

Many thanks

Paul Homewood

 

As she is Labour, I will probably get more sense out of a brick wall! But you never know.

 

It may be useful though if others wrote similarly to their MPs. There are, I suspect, more than a few Tories who are sceptical of the Climate Change Act, and it might just trigger a few reactions. If nothing else, I doubt very much whether most MPs are familiar with all of the above facts.

Others have tried a different tack in the past, attacking the science. Unfortunately these came straight up against the brick wall, with a pretty much stock reply, penned by DECC, containing the usual rubbish about 97%s, settled science, blah blah. 

So perhaps it is time to concentrate efforts on the economics and politics. 

 

 

   

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. CarolineK permalink
    February 28, 2016 7:34 pm

    is it ok to use your letter as a template, as there is no way I could write it as well and succinctly?

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 28, 2016 8:33 pm

      If it’s twigged that a template is used, then the various MPs will have a standard response which will be sent out.

      If individuals slightly amend the basic template, and ask slightly different questions, then each will require an individual response.

      The fun starts when the MPs differing responses offer alternative or conflicting excuses. 😉

    • February 28, 2016 10:36 pm

      Please do

  2. BLACK PEARL permalink
    February 28, 2016 8:16 pm

    x2

  3. BLACK PEARL permalink
    February 28, 2016 8:19 pm

    Whats better a letter or an Email ?

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      February 28, 2016 8:27 pm

      I contact my MP via

      https://www.writetothem.com/

      and have had replies from her. You can also contact MEPs and councillors from the site, with the same content if you like.

    • February 28, 2016 10:37 pm

      I’ve emailed, which seems as good as anything

    • February 29, 2016 7:16 am

      I email my MP (peter.heatonjones.mp@parliament.uk) and his agent and attach my letter as a pdf file. I always get a formal letter back by post.

  4. KevinS permalink
    February 28, 2016 8:19 pm

    I confess that I have used your letter as a template to email my MP. I too couldn’t put the position better than you have.

  5. johnbuk permalink
    February 28, 2016 10:26 pm

    Thanks Paul, have written to my MP, Sir Alan Duncan.

  6. Matthew permalink
    February 29, 2016 9:10 am

    An additional point to mention, is that because the target is EU wide, if we do more than the EU target, the rest of the EU needs to do less. Thus UK consumers are in effect subsidising the rest of the EU’s commercial and residential users.

    We need to LEAVE!

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      February 29, 2016 1:19 pm

      You can’t really blame the EU for the stupidity of UK politicians and civil servants.

  7. February 29, 2016 9:12 am

    I can’t take anyone who talks of cuts seriously as they are gormless about both the science and the economic implication of the cuts, and the economic benefits for rising CO2 (as we see record harvests).

  8. Bloke down the pub permalink
    February 29, 2016 10:29 am

    I hope you cc’d my mate George Osborne. He has in the past stated that he would not go faster on climate change than the rest of Europe, so now would be a good opportunity for him to rein in our subsidy hungry renewables.

  9. February 29, 2016 12:10 pm

    Em pathetic, did you draft another one to your neighbourhood fox or your cat warning them of their hunting habits, ?
    These animals (MPs) don’t function on reading and you know they can’t do maths, rather they rely on basic emotional instincts.
    … To get them to change their habits you have to do some training that involves taking away their food bowls ..or locking them out of society with a big fence.

    ..

    • David Richardson permalink
      February 29, 2016 4:40 pm

      I have always said that anyone who wants to be a politician should be barred from the process Stew.

  10. Gamecock permalink
    February 29, 2016 3:16 pm

    Details, details. The MPs are interested in making declarations of orthodoxy. Just because it’s already done doesn’t matter.

  11. David Richardson permalink
    February 29, 2016 4:38 pm

    I always email my MP and find, like others, that I get a written reply. I try to be sparing in the messages I send, or I am sure you get classified as a crank.

    I wrote last on the subject of the lack of dredging causing flooding in the UK – I am pleased to say that I got a wholly supportive reply. He also told me that he had lobbied the minister and said that he knew that a good number of other MPs had as well.

    I don’t think that MPs as a job lot have much interest in what we say except where we put the cross when they want their sinecure renewing.

    I will be very interested in the reply you get Paul.

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