Skip to content

No More DECC

July 14, 2016

By Paul Homewood 

 

image

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/07/14/britains-new-prime-minister-drives-a-stake-through-the-heart-of-the-green-vampire/

 

Not exactly hot off the press, as I have been out all day! But here is Deller’s take on the long overdue scrapping of DECC:

 

Official: Britain no longer has “the greenest government ever.”

Incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has driven a stake through the heart of her predecessor David Cameron’s fluffy, faux-Conservative project by scrapping the Department of Energy And Climate Change (DECC).

Established in 2008, DECC was a hangover from the Gordon Brown era of woeful misgovernance. Its first Secretary of State was future failed Labour leader candidate Ed Miliband whose only significant political achievement also happened to be one of the most expensive and pointless in British parliamentary history: the drafting of the truly disastrous Climate Change Act.

Under the terms of the Climate Change Act – written by a green activist from Friends of the Earth called Bryony Worthington; endorsed by Cameron’s Conservative opposition and rejected by only five MPs – Britain is legally committed to more stringent “decarbonisation” targets than any other country in the world, at an annual cost of around £19 billion a year.

Miliband’s successors, under the awful Conservative/Lib Dem Coalition government were even worse. For some bizarre reason probably not unconnected with utter fecklessness, green delusion and a fatuous desire to virtue signal, Prime Minister Cameron decided to hand over the keys to DECC to his Lib Dem Coalition partners.

So began probably the worst appointments since some bright spark said: “I know. Let’s make Gaius Verres Governor of Sicily.”

Sure, DECC might have seemed on the face of it a nothing department which could safely be handed over to the losers, perverts and half wits the Liberal Democrat party tends to attract. What appeared to have escaped the Prime Minister’s notice is that any department with the word “Energy” in the title – effectively puts the people who run it in charge of a goodly part of the economy.

First, the job was given to Chris Huhne, an automaton-like, Westminster-educated, millionaire Europhile ex-City boy with at least five houses to his name and a zealous urge to carpet the British countryside with wind farms and solar arrays.

Then, when Huhne had to leave the job for a spell in prison – after being found guilty of perjuring himself in court while trying to evade responsibility for a speeding ticket – it was handed over to someone even more frighteningly useless.

Ed Davey’s only known point of interest is that he resembles the footballer Wayne Rooney. Oh, that and the fact that while in post he managed negotiate a deal described by one observer as “the worst I have ever seen” committing the British taxpayer to spend around three times the going rate for right to allow the French and Chinese to rip Britain off royally in order to build a nuclear power station using out-of-date technology at Hinkley Point.

Such is the way of British politics that this potato-headed oaf is now Sir Ed Davey.

DECC’s final incumbent as Secretary of State was Amber Rudd – now promoted to Home Secretary. She seems to be a fervent believer in ManBearPig. But this does not appear to be a view shared by her boss Prime Minister Theresa May. Nor, perhaps even more importantly, by May’s right-hand man Nick Timothy who is an implacable opponent of the Climate Change Act.

It’s not yet clear how much of DECC’s £5.7 billion budget will be saved now that it is being absorbed into the Business department BIS.

Here is what the Global Warming Policy Forum‘s Benny Peiser suggested it might save when he campaigned for its closure last year:

Furthermore, many unnecessary green expenditure items could be phased out altogether. Spending in areas such as Renewable Heat, Carbon Capture and Storage and on the Committee on Climate Change should all be scrapped.

Merging DECC into other government departments would bring the UK in line with other developed nations too. Australia recently abolished its Climate Commission, transferring its essential functions to the Environment Department.

Were the UK to introduce similar efficiencies along with the removal of wasteful spending, the Exchequer could save £380m by 2020-21, according to analysis by the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

It’s true that the most significant benefit its closure will bring lies not so much in saved costs as in the likelihood of reduced regulation. In Britain, as in the rest of the world, green taxes and regulations have added a significant burden to economic growth, as well as having a distorting effect on energy markets.

This is good news. Very good news. The agonised screeching of all the usual suspects in the Environmental movement will be enough to sustain many of us in lols for weeks and months to come.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/07/14/britains-new-prime-minister-drives-a-stake-through-the-heart-of-the-green-vampire/

14 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Public permalink
    July 14, 2016 6:55 pm

    Is anyone organising a whip-round? Or a wake?

  2. July 14, 2016 7:09 pm

    God, I could almost vote conservative! Get rid of this nuclear white elephant. restore Drax to Coal Burning and open a couple more Coal or Gas burners at Immingham. This was by reducing the ever increasing green subsidy we stand a chance of stopping 30,000 of our pensioners dying of cold each year.

  3. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    July 14, 2016 7:18 pm

    Best news in a long time – now for some common sense.

  4. slipknot permalink
    July 14, 2016 7:36 pm

    Very relieved to hear it. Today’s DT Business section had headline “Britain to stick with renewable energy targets and ‘green’ petrol levy”. It goes on to say: “Lord Bourne, the energy minister, told MPs yesterday afternoon that his department and the wider Government were still working to hit the targets which require the UK to generate 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.” Are we to be shot of this potential shipwreck?

  5. John Palmer permalink
    July 14, 2016 8:09 pm

    “this potato-headed oaf” …. what a superb and accurate summing-up of this dreadful man – and considering the wilful damage he and his soon-to-be defunct Dept inflicted on us, a quite polite one too.
    Well done Paul!

    • catweazle666 permalink
      July 15, 2016 1:39 am

      A bit rough on potatoes though…

  6. July 14, 2016 8:22 pm

    Raising a glass in toast of the new PM, a very good start indeed.

  7. avro607 permalink
    July 14, 2016 9:01 pm

    Wonderful news.Let us hope that the Green nonsense finally bites the dust.Proclaim to the world that the Big Green Lie is over,at least in the UK,and that there is,and never was any connection between climate change,and Carbon Dioxide emissions.Repeal the Climate Change Act,and apologise to the decimated mining communities for having sacrificed them on the altar of the BGL.
    A new industrial revolution is stirring in the ashes of the insane actions of misguided,and mistaken governments,so let us roll up our sleeves,and let British coal drive our nation once again to become a thriving,productive,and successful world leading economy.

  8. July 14, 2016 9:04 pm

    views from Alternative Reality : whose first thought is to ring around activist NGO’s before talking to the ministry themselves

    #1 The Indy : a href=”http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-department-killed-off-by-theresa-may-in-plain-stupid-and-deeply-worrying-move-a7137166.html”>Climate change department killed off by Theresa May in ‘plain stupid’ and ‘deeply worrying’ move
    ..Did you spot what the clever headline writer did ? He’s picked quotes from Ed Milliband and Greenpeace to form the title.

    #2 BBC Government axes climate department By Paul Rincon .

    – Has the Guardian started its petition for a Second Reshuffle yet ?

  9. July 14, 2016 9:06 pm

    views from Alternative Reality : whose first thought is to ring around activist NGO’s before talking to the ministry themselves
    #1 The Indy : Climate change department killed off by Theresa May in ‘plain stupid’ and ‘deeply worrying’ move
    ..Did you spot what the clever headline writer did ? He’s picked quotes from Ed Milliband and Greenpeace to form the title.

    #2 BBC Government axes climate department By Paul Rincon .
    quotes : Ed Miliband first, then the actual new minister, then Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennet, David Nussbaum, chief executive of WWF-UK,

    – Has the Guardian started its petition for a Second Reshuffle yet ?

  10. It doesn't add up... permalink
    July 15, 2016 3:18 pm

    Not too sure that Greg Clark isn’t a deep believer in the Climate Koolaid. We need to wait and see who gets the energy minister portfolio under him, and whether there will be a climate minister too.

  11. markl permalink
    July 15, 2016 5:12 pm

    A welcomed step in the right direction after years of misguided efforts to scuttle Britain’s economy in the false name of saving the world.

  12. Bill Berry permalink
    July 16, 2016 10:57 am

    Elsewhere, the clatter of toys hitting pavements is deafening

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: