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Gummer and Johnson To Carry On At CCC For Another 5 Years

October 10, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t Philip Bratby


Purely coincidental! But, just to prove how independent the Committee on Climate Change really is, the government has today announced that John Gummer and Paul Johnson have been reappointed for another 5 years:


The Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Lord Deben, and Committee Member Paul Johnson have been reappointed to their roles.

The Committee provides independent advice to government and Parliament on reducing UK emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Lord Deben has led the Committee since 2012. His 5-year term, due to end this year, has been extended for a further 5 years until September 2022.

Paul Johnson’s 5-year term, which also concludes this year, has been similarly extended for a further 5 years until 2022.

The reappointments were made by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, and agreed by the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Claire Perry, Minister for Climate Change and Industry, said:

I welcome the reappointment of Lord Deben as Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change and of Paul Johnson as Committee Member.

The UK was the first country to introduce legally binding emission reduction targets under the Climate Change Act and we have led the G7 group of countries in cutting our emissions, while growing our economy by more than two-thirds since 1990. The independent advice provided by Lord Deben, Paul Johnson and the entire Committee will help us continue to lead the world in clean growth.

Commenting on his reappointment, Lord Deben said:

Britain is a leader in the world’s battle against climate change and I am delighted and honoured to continue as Chairman of the Committee.

Since 2012, among many other tasks, the CCC has advised government on the fourth (2023 to 2027) and fifth (2028 to 2032) carbon budgets, advised the devolved administrations on emission reduction targets and reported to Parliament annually on UK progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


No chance of fresh thinking then!

  1. Athelstan permalink
    October 10, 2017 9:56 pm

    Not Gummer again?

    Cripes Paul, that is such utterly depressing news.

    Good grief the good news keeps coming, and on and on and on giving, thanks to the taxpayer.

  2. October 10, 2017 10:05 pm

    John Bummer, one of the most obnoxious, arrogant and self interested ex-politicians I have known. Totally, financially, in thrall to “the man made global warming” fantasists and up to his neck in all the lies that go with that territory. How, in the name of all that is sacred, can such a money grabbing twerp be “reappointed” ? Belief is beggared.

  3. October 10, 2017 10:11 pm

    Cue protests from Rutherford saying that the committee is too white/male
    Or is he not complaining cos their dogma suits him.

  4. BLACK PEARL permalink
    October 10, 2017 11:29 pm

    Well they’ve got to keep the £15 billion or so emission taxes coming in.
    Any Trump like threat to that is a clear & present danger, so its their task to keep this bullshit front & centre for the perception of the public.
    Fake jobs to promote what is probably the biggest revenue scam in History

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      October 11, 2017 9:13 am

      I think that it is worse than that, it is fraud on a global scale, and we are paying in all ways towards it. The Climate Change Act needs to be repealed ASAP, taking all the vested interests out in total. The HoL demeans itself with the likes of Deben and his green nutjobs.

  5. HotScot permalink
    October 10, 2017 11:45 pm

    The speech to the GWPF by Tony Abbott is an important one.

    A former Australian PM, liable to run again for PM, condemned, out of hand, the green brigade.

    It might not make a difference to the Australian plight immediately, but it’s a bellwether speech indicating considerable political will against the AGW movement.

    There will be governments across the globe taking note, especially those in opposition keen to gain the upper hand when it’s obvious, voter opinion is marshalling against the climate change scam.

    You can fool some of the people, some of the time……………….

  6. October 11, 2017 7:23 am

    The idea that the Committee on Climate Change is independent is risible. The idea that it “provides independent advice to government and Parliament on reducing UK emissions and preparing for the impacts of climate change” is risible. The committee is stuffed with eight Government establishment figures, most of whom have vested interests in either the climate change or renewable energy industries.

    • October 11, 2017 10:06 am

      An independent advice bureau would be quite something. Not likely when the meja are in the pay of the CCC etc.

  7. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 11, 2017 7:44 am

    I think it was Lord Deben who accused all sceptics of being in the pay of the oil industry on BBC R4, the childish loon.

  8. October 11, 2017 8:18 am

    ‘preparing for the impacts of climate change’ – by trying to buy a climate? Hopeless.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    October 11, 2017 9:30 am

    I had no idea it was ‘that’ Paul Johnson from the IFS involved with the CCC.

    I knew him at school, he appeared from nowhere one year from a private educated start, and had to slum it with us in a pretty dire public school. Then onward, Oxford PPE.

    I recall he was an active Labour party member, think more CND/Corbyn/Card carrying communist than Blair!

    I’ve often wondered what his political views/allegiances are like these days, especially as the IFS is the BBC’s favourite ‘highly respected independent think-tank’!

  10. It doesn't add up... permalink
    October 11, 2017 12:09 pm

    Gummer is nearly 78, and therefore will be en poste aged 83. He seems to be senile in some of his pronouncements these days. Hopefully the committee will be disbanded before his term is up.

  11. Bitter&twisted permalink
    October 11, 2017 3:56 pm

    Lord Dipin independent?
    That really is beyond belief.
    As for Paul Johnson his PPE degree says everything you need to know about his “expertise”.

  12. Barry Capsey permalink
    October 11, 2017 5:11 pm

    Didn’t find any mention of their ‘remuneration’ packages, but I’d bet a mint it’s extremely generous and neither of these apparatchiks need appear at ‘the office’ more than once a week. Nice little back-scratching ‘earner’ innit?

  13. Paddy permalink
    October 12, 2017 6:28 am

    There’s plenty of bad news about at the present time, but this beats the lot. How really, really, really depressing

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