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Theresa Wants To Lead The Fight Against Climate Change–But Won’t Tell Us How!

May 19, 2017

By Paul Homewood




The Tory manifesto also contains the above statement.

On the face of it, if we have got half way in 27 years, it should not be hard to get the rest of the way in the next 33. But, unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as that!



GHG emissions last year were 460 MtCO2e, down from 797 MtCO2e in 1990:




The 2050 target is 80% below 1990, that is 159 MtCO2e. We therefore need to reduce current emissions by 65% to meet this figure.

Moreover, the low lying fruit has already been picked.

In 1990, coal generation accounted for 68% of total power, with virtually no CCGT at all. Long before the Climate Change Act the dash for gas in the 1990s, built upon cheap North Sea gas, quickly began to supplant coal (and oil as well).

Last year, gas accounted for 42%, with coal down to 9%. This switch has been responsible for a good chunk of reduced emissions. Clearly, with coal nearly off the scene, there is little scope for such savings in future.

Secondly, energy consumption by industry has plummeted by 33% since 2000. Much of this must be due to offshoring. BEIS optimistically assume that energy demand from industry will remain pretty much stable in coming years !


Needless to say, the Tory manifesto does not give an inkling as to how we are supposed to eliminate most of our emissions in the next 33 years.

  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    May 19, 2017 8:24 pm

    • Joe Public permalink
      May 19, 2017 9:33 pm


  2. May 19, 2017 9:53 pm

    I have just thought of a way we can achieve the target and comply with the climate change act.
    All we have to do is leave the united Kingdom, if we all moved to France or Ireland and turned off the lights then it would be easy.
    Wouldn’t effect overall emissions at all, if it mattered, but then neither does UK’s current energy policy. 😨

  3. gallopingcamel permalink
    May 20, 2017 2:05 am

    Thank God for Europe! You have implemented loony “Green” energy policies which have driven electricity prices through the roof, harming the poor and the elderly.

    Your wounds are self inflicted but those of us watching from a safe distance won’t be emulating your insanity. I live in Florida where electricity is more expensive than in many other states yet I pay only 0.08 Euros per KVAh. In Florida we rely on natural gas and nukes while wasting very little money on wind or solar.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 20, 2017 10:57 am

      A Republican state by any chance?

      • gallopingcamel permalink
        May 22, 2017 1:17 pm


  4. Athelstan permalink
    May 20, 2017 7:53 am

    Economic boom are they taking the pi99………….er, yes! actually.

    We voted for out, not likely now though – is it?

    Don’t believe the hype, Britain is not entering some new age of jobs and growth and the low employment stat’s are just a charade. Industry is stapped and where, the National debt grows and grows, and not least personal debt is spiralling to £1.5 odd trillion, the whole country is living on a credit card which is maxed and into this comes on top of 600, 000 p/a [guestimated] indigents [we know our rights and it’s EU-ECHR law innit?] – heading straight onto the benefits queue.

    wadda we need? a very severe retrenchment and low taxes………….

    waddaya gonna get…………..

    Jumping a shark [Socialist moi?], Into this impending financial catastrophe surfs Calamity May and RED tories – she is for turning left and her very authoritarian control [cashless society is what she would impose and a camera on every corner, what with smart phones and Satnav – you are being tracked baby!]…………… and diktat statism, Calamity May will do for us all, and guaranteed.

    …….just when we could rid ourselves of all that political/regulatory crap ie get out of the economic straitjacket that is more EUrope! Calamity May will cause as much damage as Compo would.

    What a choice; disaster or disaster just merely differentiated by speed of decline and nuance, labour or the CONs it’s a one way ticket to unilateral industrial suicide.

    Bring on the green agenda and Hinkley and before you can say ‘corporate cartel’ kaboom, Britain was a goner.

  5. Coeur de Lion permalink
    May 20, 2017 8:32 am

    Just listened to a France Inter piece about high UK electricity prices. As I write Fr electricity is 88% nuclear. (See useful gridwatch site. UK wind 1.88%. Ha )

    • Adam permalink
      May 20, 2017 9:32 am

      France does subsidise the prices

      • Gerry, England permalink
        May 20, 2017 11:00 am

        Are the French not planning to ditch the nukes for renewable crap? And with Macron instead of Marine, he is pro-green rubbish.

  6. BLACK PEARL permalink
    May 20, 2017 9:57 am

    Making sure she ticks every box to get her moneys worth of every possible vote comes to mind.

  7. May 20, 2017 10:09 am

    Oh dear! I previously commented that I thought the conservative manifesto gave room for some sensible policies. Seems I got it wrong for without severely amending the Climate Change Act there is little hope.
    Mind you, if we go the fracking /Thorium Reactor route we may survive.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      May 21, 2017 1:40 pm

      Repealing the Climate Change Act should have been the first act on May’s to do list. It is total stupidity, without secure affordable energy we, us and the Country are dead! Man changing the climate is the stuff of science fiction, from long ago. The Climate will do as it pleases, as it always has, get used to it! Besides, a while ago I noticed two of the UN hierarchy admit that it was not about global warning anyway, it was to do away with the capitalism which made all the first world nations rich. Communism at work!

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