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Booker On The Fifth Carbon Budget

July 4, 2016

By Paul Homewood  

 

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/02/it-might-seem-bad-now-but-wait-until-the-lights-go-out/

 

Booker on the Fifth Carbon Budget:

 

In view of the shambles engulfing our politics in all directions, it might seem appropriate that last Thursday MPs should blithely have accepted that, within a few years, our lights will go out and our economy will grind to a halt. What they allowed to be nodded through was something called the “Fifth Carbon Budget”, committing us to an energy policy so insanely unworkable that it can only result in Britain committing economic suicide.

As I predicted and explained in more detail on May 14, what the MPs tacitly agreed to was that, between 2028 and 2033, we should cut our emissions of CO2 by a far greater amount than any other country in the world. We will put an end to any use of gas for cooking and heating. Sixty per cent of all our transport will be powered not by fossil fuels but by electricity. And to achieve this, we will double the amount of electricity we need (two thirds of which still comes from those same hated “carbon emitting” fossil fuels).

Parliament has now set us firmly on course for a disaster beyond all imagining

Much of this electricity, the Government fondly imagines (on advice from the fantasists on Lord Deben’s Climate Change Committee), will come from tens of thousands more lavishly subsidised wind turbines, solar farms, new nuclear power stations unlikely ever to be built and woodchips imported at vast expense from forests in North America.

Not one of the MPs who accepted this could plausibly explain what is to happen to all those electric cookers, heating systems, cars, cashpoints etc, when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. Furthermore, none seemed to notice that key ingredients in that make-believe scenario dreamt up months ago by the Climate Change Committee are based on assuming that by 2030 we shall still be in the EU, whose own energy policy is now falling apart in all directions, as Germany, Poland and other countries rush to build new coal-fired power stations.

Apart from the Global Warming Policy Foundation and 15 Tory MPs, including three former Cabinet ministers, almost no one seems to have pointed out that, whatever happens to Brexit, Parliament has now set us firmly on course for a disaster beyond all imagining.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/02/it-might-seem-bad-now-but-wait-until-the-lights-go-out/

 

It’s good timing because I am hoping to do some more analysis on it, now it has been formally nodded through.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2016 10:47 am

    I am just wondering if the politicians of today have just realised that AGW is vastly overstated and that the referendum was engineered so that the leave vote was likely, then they would have another scape goat to blame when the lights go out; or am I being too cynical.

    • July 4, 2016 10:51 am

      They can’t blame it on the EU and the Renewable Energy Directive. It is all down to the CCA 2008, which is a totally homegrown suicide policy enacted by over 97% of MPs.

  2. July 4, 2016 10:49 am

    I wonder what it will take before the Powers That Be realise what a mess energy policy is in because of the CCA 2008 and the advice they have been receiving from Deben’s CCC?.

    • AlecM permalink
      July 4, 2016 11:17 am

      But won’t the Powers That Be also go out when the Grid fails?

      • July 4, 2016 12:06 pm

        The Powers That Be always except themselves from the consequences of what they do.

      • Joe Public permalink
        July 4, 2016 1:42 pm

        @ AlecM.

        Not when they’re at their main office – the Palace of Westminster has standby-generation.

        That’s one of the reasons MPs don’t give a toss about power cuts.

  3. Graeme No.3 permalink
    July 4, 2016 12:41 pm

    It seems that the powers that be have already gone dim.
    Why is it that politicians think that they can ignore science and technology and that wishful thinking is the way of the future?

  4. NeilC permalink
    July 4, 2016 1:22 pm

    Thanks Christopher/Paul

    The madness of crowds eh!, well 645 of MP’s that voted for the CCA 2008 and continue to support and expand on it.

    The increasing but miniscule quantity (400 parts per million) of CO2 gas in the atmosphere does NOT increase temperatures. It is NOT a dangerous gas to humans until 20,000 parts per million.

    1. 18+ years hiatus in global temperatures
    2. 23 years hiatus in UK temperatures
    3. Latest UAH gloabl temperatures show a fall of -0.37 Deg C in 2 months yet CO2 continues increasing. The largest temperature fall in the 37+ years of satellite records.
    4. Wind only accounts for 5.41% of electricity production in the UK and it doesn’t matter how many windmills there are, if the wind doesn’t blow, no power. It is a very unreliable form of energy production.
    5. Solar power in the UK is so low, GridWatch don’t even measure it

    How do “the ordinary people” stop this looming disaster?

  5. July 4, 2016 1:23 pm

    Climate Clown Committee …

  6. July 4, 2016 3:04 pm

    In terms of energy policy most UK MPs’ lights went out years ago.

  7. July 4, 2016 4:42 pm

    I think a legal challenge is in order.

  8. July 5, 2016 11:01 am

    at the risk of repeating an earlier post……

    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/driver-of-tesla-killed-in-first-fatal-crash-while-in-autopilot-mode/

    Booker is absolutely correct:

    What they allowed to be nodded through was something called the “Fifth Carbon Budget”, committing us to an energy policy so insanely unworkable that it can only result in Britain committing economic suicide.

    Booker states: As I predicted and explained in more detail on May 14, what the MPs tacitly agreed to was that, between 2028 and 2033, we should cut our emissions of CO2 by a far greater amount than any other country in the world.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/02/it-might-seem-bad-now-but-wait-until-the-lights-go-out/

    No worries, everyone can move to Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire’s Green finest Biff Vernon will look after you all…

    Vernon states: So let us accept that by 2050 there will be no fossil fuel used for transport, public of private. Beyond a little biofuel, the options will be walking, cycling and motors using renewably generated electricity.

    The reality is “For this read permanent and deepening recessions and by necessity the curtailing of all mobility .. particularly air travel and road travel..

    in this brave new world we will be consigned to ‘zing railways’ and bicycles, well at least in Lincolnshire…

    the rest of you will have to saddle up your shanks pony’s, no doubt you will enjoy the ride and the very slow moving scenery, cause you won’t have much else to occupy your days…

    http://eastlincsgreenparty.org.uk/Docs/ZING.pdf

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