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Letter To The Telegraph

May 8, 2017
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By Paul Homewood

 

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Heads up for the Telegraph, who have published my letter in response to the one below from Ben Goldsmith:

 

SIR – Charles Moore couldn’t have got it more wrong in writing that climate change fears are elitist and limited to those in metropolitan areas.

MPs up and down the country report increasing numbers of constituents raising this issue with them. There is in fact huge public backing for action on climate change, and in particular support for energy efficiency and renewables.

Moreover, it is a myth that climate policies are driving up energy bills: wind and gas are now demonstrably the cheapest sources of electricity in Britain. Bill-payers are better off as a result of green policy measures which drive greater efficiency. And, ultimately, our economy is stronger because of the world-leading contribution our country makes to green industries.

As we leave the European Union, we must continue to show leadership, encourage innovation, work towards energy self-sufficiency and invest in long-term sustainable energy solutions – no matter what the ever-shrinking collection of climate naysayers do to try to hinder such progress.

Ben Goldsmith
Chairman, Conservative Environment Network
London NW3

The Goldsmith letter aroused a lot of reaction, including these letters:

 

SIR – I wonder which universe Ben Goldsmith (Letters, May 4) is living in.

When he talks about renewable energy costs, I assume he is looking only at the bottom line of his own company, and not at those of manufacturers whose costs are dominated by the price of electricity.

Do his calculations of the benefits of renewables include the cost to workers, companies and the Exchequer of the loss of Britain’s ceramics industry, the aluminium smelting industry and the cement industry due to soaring energy prices?

We almost lost the steelworks in South Wales. That was only saved by the taxpayer funding the carbon taxes that were driving up costs and destroying the company’s ability to compete with producers in countries that are not determined to sacrifice jobs at the altar of renewable energy.

Pamela Wheeler
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

SIR – Mr Goldsmith thinks wind and solar panels are now the cheapest sources of electricity in Britain.

He must be unaware that his claim only holds water if government-imposed costs (in the form of arbitrary carbon taxes) are preferentially loaded on to fossil-fuel generators, and if the grid reinforcement and system-balancing costs associated with intermittent renewables are ignored.

Fiona Bick
Westhill, Aberdeenshire

 

SIR – Charles Moore clearly sets out the case for reviewing and reducing energy costs for both businesses and consumers.

Industry needs energy that is competitively priced. Consumers want to know what the real costs are, what taxes are levied and why. A cap on energy bills is just a red herring.

We are entering a new era of supply and storage. It is therefore vital that component costs are clearly identified to enable a proper debate to take place.

Paul Cook
Hayling Island, Hampshire

 

SIR – Britain’s “coal-free” days are celebrated – but ironically they are down to Drax, Europe’s largest coal-fired power station, which, by burning wood, now produces 16 per cent of Britain’s renewable electricity. This wood is grown in the US and brought in on ships that produce more pollution than all the diesel cars in London combined.

Kevin Prescott
Littlehampton, West Sussex

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25 Comments
  1. quaesoveritas permalink
    May 8, 2017 5:29 pm

    But will Ben Goldsmith read your letter and the others contradicting him?
    Probably not.

    • Joe Public permalink
      May 8, 2017 6:10 pm

      “But will Ben Goldsmith read your letter and the others contradicting him?
      Probably not.”

      As a politician with an ego, he’ll undoubtedly read it – if only in passing looking for supportive comments.

      However, I doubt he’ll respond.

  2. May 8, 2017 6:07 pm

    Insidious climate-related greenwash deserves to be challenged like this.

    And if they claim to be creating jobs, ask who ultimately pays the wages of those workers? (Hint – look in the mirror).

    ‘to produce the same amount of electric power as just one coal worker would require two natural gas workers and an amazingly-high 79 solar workers.’
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/todays-most-productive-energy-workers-are-in-coal-and-gas-not-solar/article/2622029

  3. May 8, 2017 6:27 pm

    Lots of bickering when we here in the UK have cracked the Fusion Reactor and we will have unlimited energy within 15 years,

    • quaesoveritas permalink
      May 9, 2017 10:22 am

      I seem to remember being told the same thing when nuclear power was first introduced.
      Electricity would be too cheap to meter.

    • May 9, 2017 11:49 am

      Yep within the realm of possibilities

      And even more likely that solar/wind will not be big players in 20 years … even without fusion.

  4. May 8, 2017 8:14 pm

    It is extremely concerning that the Conservative Party, which will be running the country for the next five years, is still full of establishment ******* like the Goldsmiths.

    • May 9, 2017 11:50 am

      Phil depends which hedgefund runs the Conservative Party

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 9, 2017 12:49 pm

        Conservative Party? Oh, yes, Blue Labour.

  5. Athelstan permalink
    May 8, 2017 8:33 pm

    This is my effort,

    Seesh, if it ain’t bad enough fighting with the green numpties in Westminster, backed up as they are by hoity toity green mongos like Ben Goldsmith, the thing is, old Ben and all of his mates don’t give a 4x for the untermenschen…………..And besides – when is Benji ever going to have to worry about meeting, then making payment on his lecky bill?

    Why is it that rich tossers with nothing to do, like Benjamin Goldsmith believe in fairies at the bottome of the liberal dung heap – Zeitgeist garden, then, seek to strap their fellow human beings with intermittent and exorbitantly expensive electricity – merely………….. to salve his conscience, a sticking plaster to cover his bleeding own inadequacies?

    Lord in his heavens, apart from virtue signalling to all his bankers and twatterati, wtf has it got to do with Goldsmith – why? Old Ben, he needs to Foxtrot Oscar and when he arrives there, he can Foxtrot Oscar some fekkin more.

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      May 8, 2017 9:08 pm

      untermenschen
      Either this term has lost its meaning, or might there be another word to use here to convey a different group?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 9, 2017 12:48 pm

        It’s ‘untermensch’ singular rather than plural when used.

  6. Robert Fairless permalink
    May 8, 2017 8:54 pm

    I would like to be an auditor checking Goldsmith’s accounts.

  7. Jack Broughton permalink
    May 8, 2017 8:55 pm

    Great set of letters. Real progress will have been made when the Graunaid and “I” publish sceptical material (I’ve had many failures in these): the next mini ice age will be well underway by then though.

  8. John F. Hultquist permalink
    May 8, 2017 9:03 pm

    Ben, and fellow travellers, believe all wealth belongs to “the state.”
    Thus justified wealth distribution involves taking the state’s own pot of gold via taxes, fees, and restrictions from many people and giving it to other (fewer, richer) people. Unless they do so, all the externalities, social injustices, and non-sustainability of the current society will not be corrected and Gaia will be in a continued state of tears. Because, in these minds, average folk do not own anything and, thus, can incur no costs.
    This belief is so intense it is doubtful anything could convince them otherwise. Thus, Ben Goldsmith can write stupendously stupid stuff and still sleep well.

    A picture dictionary will show Ben’s face = stupendously stupid writer

  9. May 8, 2017 9:03 pm

    Reblogged this on CraigM350 and commented:

  10. May 8, 2017 10:00 pm

    I also wrote to the DT on this; but not published. Perhaps it got lost amongst all those other similar letters?

  11. tom0mason permalink
    May 8, 2017 11:11 pm

    Back in 1978 the UN’s UNESCO magazine foretold of these joys, and of the new united ordered world such technology would bring.

    http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0007/000748/074804eo.pdf

  12. May 9, 2017 8:27 am

    Even today the Government doesn’t realise that it is the Government’s own green crap and green taxes that are the real problem:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39852119
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/08/unfair-energy-companies-raise-prices-37pc-theresa-may-can-bring/

    • May 9, 2017 11:43 am

      You are dealing with what we know as the “high school clique”. It was the small group which “ran” the “who’s who” in high school. They are the self-appointed, self-anointed elite of the school–the big men and girls on campus. As I approach my 55th high school reunion, I realize that most never grew beyond that mindset. Think also of the “faculty lounge” as the older high school clique. They infest all areas of society, especially government. When you realize who they are and how they operate, a lot of things fall into place. The “high school clique” is not based on merit, but on comity. They think alike and dismiss any other point of view out of hand. They do not listen to others, but only themselves. This explains why “the Government doesn’t realise that it is the Government’s own green crap and green taxes that are the real problem.” Any other point of view cannot possible have relevance to these folk.

      I have been the chair of my 55th high school reunion since the 50th. Finally we have a non-clique committee and it has been a true joy. Several had endured the constant drama and frustration brought on by the clique during many reunions. We have had a wonderful time meeting for dinner and planning. It has been a smooth and cooperative venture. When I identified someone’s expertise, I asked them to be in charge of that area. We have avoided the mistakes of the past by looking beyond that 3-4 of the clique who only canvassed each other in spite of our concerns doing the obvious wrong thing.

      The high school clique becomes the establishment wherever they are. Donald Trump was never a member of the high school clique, but was a leader. That became crystal clear when his father enrolled him in military school for junior high and high school in order to instill discipline in his son. Donald finished as leader of the cadets. He is an incredible leader, as he has learned by observing and doing, but never establishment. That is why we elected him. We were done with the high school clique/faculty lounge lizards of the establishment.

  13. May 9, 2017 11:09 am

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    Nice to get confirmation that green zealots cannot fool all of the people all of the time. It is ironic that the Tories are preparing to cap some tariffs to partially make up for the carbon taxes levied through the Climate Change Act. Why not just address the problem at source?

  14. May 9, 2017 11:56 am

    Paul I told you we should have scored some Telegraph Premiun accounts from Booker.
    Even though I’m logged into Tele I can’t see the full page cos it’s behind the Premium Paywall.
    Article has 3 comments all about Brexit.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 9, 2017 12:53 pm

      behindthepaywall blog sorts it out for you.

  15. Gerry, England permalink
    May 9, 2017 12:53 pm

    Irony – the Blue Labour party committing to cap energy prices – something they criticized when Milliband proposed it to show they can do hypocrisy – while having agree to the most expensive energy costs in the world from Hinckley Point.

    • May 9, 2017 3:41 pm

      Hinckley is a lot less than offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, AD, tidal lagoon etc etc.

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