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GWPF Condemns Misleading Committee on Climate Change Report on Policy Costs

March 16, 2017

By Paul Homewood




The GWPF has also responded quickly and emphatically to the Committee on Climate Change’s grossly misleading report on the cost of climate policy:


Today’s statement on Energy Prices and Bills by Lord Deben’s Committee on Climate Change confirms growing suspicions that it is neither objective nor reliable as an advisor to the public about the true cost of climate policies.

The CCC’s attempt to reassure the public about the cost impact of climate policies is a misleading whitewash. Contrary to the spin of the CCC, their own figures show that almost all the projected increase in domestic electricity prices between 2016 and 2030 is the result of energy and climate policies.

According to the CCC’s own work (see chart 1.7) energy and climate policies have increased prices to domestic consumers by 33% in 2016. In other words they are 33% higher at present than they would be in the absence of policies. This figure will rise to 40% in 2020 and to over 50% in 2030.

The CCC covers up this large and damaging price increase by claiming that efficiency measures reduce consumption, meaning that the price increases are not converted into rising energy bills. More objectively one might say that government subsidy spending on renewables, and other climate policies, is preventing consumers from reaping the benefits of efficiency measures leading to lower energy bills.

Dr John Constable, energy editor of the Global Warming Policy Forum, said:

“The CCC’s study has the clear hallmarks of deliberate and shameless obfuscation. With smoke and mirrors they attempt to turn additional climate policy taxes and stealth taxes, which the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates at about £7 billion a year at present and £12 billion a year in 2020, into net benefits for energy consumers. This is nothing short of a disgrace to the current committee members responsible.”

The Global Warming Policy Forum is calling on the government to radically reform the selection and workings of the Committee on Climate Change which is misleading the public on the real cost impacts of climate policy.

  1. March 16, 2017 1:43 pm

    It’s precisely this sort of deception from the CCC which leads to the cr@p published by the BBC which then misleads the public in general. It’s high time a stop was put to this green propaganda.

    • March 16, 2017 1:58 pm

      How do we stop the BBC propaganda of this mass deception? The Government has just said the license fee will continue for 10 years. We need somebody in charge who will drain the swamp. It’s not going to happen with LibLabCon in control of the Wesrminster bubble.

  2. March 16, 2017 2:01 pm

    I have to admit that John Constable is my first port of call for facts about the nity-gritty details of Government energy policy. I have never known him to be wrong. He alone could do the work of the CCC for less than a tenth of the cost and his advice would be infinitely more valuable.

    • David Richardson permalink
      March 16, 2017 2:38 pm

      Well Phillip, how right you are, but it would be the wrong type of advice – a case of don’t confuse us with facts and reality, it doesn’t suit our preconceived ideas.

  3. Coeur de Lion permalink
    March 16, 2017 2:14 pm

    sse has just hiked my electricity bill by £101 annually with a kwh at 16p. My French bill has KWh at about 9 eurocents.

  4. Athelstan permalink
    March 16, 2017 2:53 pm

    led down the garden path and ooh look……..

    the people from a great height are being shat on not only does the CCoC need to take a bow – as a nation we are being stuffed and royally at that – you need to watch the shell game very closely because there’s no effin pea, unless one considers the extraction of….pee.

    The corporate blob are so good at this sort of subterfuge and veiling the cost of goods be it energy or foodstuffs……………..

    As any large supermarket chain will boast “keeping prices low!”

    I have a box in a cupboard full of knickknacks, it’s from a bog standard supermarket brand of ‘bran’ it was a advertized weight of 750gms and now they only sell bran in boxes weighted at 500 gms at a relatively similar price. I’ve no doubt that, soon they’ll be diminished by weight again – so many other goods similarly but that one just sticks out in the mind. And er yes I am fully cognizant of world commodity foodstuff fluctuations and hedgers, middle men hoarding stocks to sell at a higher price etc – because we are in the EU and because UK customers are locked in to the CAP lunacy and consequent tariffs, fucked all the way around we are and no wonder the corporate blob wants to tie us all in to the Berlin-Brussels Empire – we are just being endlessly milked and Westminster play the corporate crony game.

    Next time some fuqwit labour virtue signalling charidee, Social Justice Warrior, politician is on al beeb mumbling about the ‘cost of living’ shout at the telly – it’s much ado about the customs union and profiteering by the corporate blob! – oh yeah and big government……………..mass statism, massive welfare, massive taxes too.

  5. William Baird permalink
    March 16, 2017 3:06 pm

    Have more respect for Lord Deben, he must be the original ‘useful idiot’.

    Ever since the BSC event this man has never been afraid to unquestionally receive and preach rubbish to people he sees he has a right to govern, howver daft he is..

    Get rid of the CCC and the BBC.

    • BLACK PEARL permalink
      March 16, 2017 4:26 pm

      As John Gummer before his Lordship title, was the guy who tried to feed his daughter a burger in front of the media stating you cant get Mad Cow from beef, so say all the Govt scientists.

      One brave scientist ‘with integrity’ said we could and she was proved correct

      • March 16, 2017 4:42 pm

        Aha, so that is what happened to Mad Cow disease, it attacked only some people, turning them “green” and left wing, hence they walked into jobs in the BBC and the CCC.

      • March 16, 2017 9:24 pm

        I’d actually like to thank Gummer for that. Watched that news item. Never touched beef again after seeing that. Without Gummer I wouldn’t have been a vegetarian all these years.

  6. March 16, 2017 3:43 pm

    John Gummer was one of the poorest performing politicians of all time. His elevation to a lordship was never justified, and his choice of “Deben” for his title is a continuing offence to the whole of Suffolk, one of whose loveliest rivers the Deben is. His money grabbing enthusiasm for the man made global warming charade has been hugely unedifying, but no doubt of great benefit to his coffers.
    Nothing can surprise the Gummer Watchers, when it comes to misrepresenting anything to do with so called green policies and climate change. Quite simply he wants to profit from everybody else’s energy financial misery.
    How soon will this absurd house of cards collapse, I wonder ?

  7. hugh permalink
    March 16, 2017 5:19 pm

    Gummer gave off a not-quite-right vibe way back in his Cambridge days.

    A jaundiced contemporary.

  8. March 16, 2017 7:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolsten.

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    March 16, 2017 10:29 pm

    Meanwhile, in the fiddling while Rome burns column we have this innumerate MP:

    If he reduces the spread in prices, yet the energy companies still need to cover their costs, the only consequence will be that cheaper deals are no longer available. I guess innumeracy is a requirement in the business of government.

  10. Malcolm permalink
    March 17, 2017 9:32 am

    We remain a group of anoraks when confronted by those that control the presses and the tubes. We can congratulate ourselves all we like on our insight, our statistics, our analysis, but the truth is for our eyes only. What someone needs to do is to penetrate this meniscus of affability and sincerity that the BBC projects. Why is it that in a modern day society falsehood is feasted on in virtually every aspect of public life and yet, and knowingly, the country’s public broadcaster is allowed to persist in its devious folly? Why is it that Roger Harrabin alone can go unchallenged, be sanctified? Have a personal thesis that no one can challenge; not only antithetical but singular in its being inviolate? An individual. How can he continue to profess in the manner that he does? We all are faulted and yet he is a ‘beacon of truth’?

    • roger permalink
      March 17, 2017 11:55 am

      Harrabin has lost his razorblades and now projects an unkempt scruffy appearance that is better suited to his unkempt and scruffy thought processes.

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