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The UK will spend trillions to reduce C02 emissions while the real offenders do little

April 9, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Booker “celebrates” the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act!



There could be no better example of how those in the grip of groupthink tend to float ever further off into make-believe than a recent article by Claire Perry, our new Minister of State for Energy. She was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Climate Change Act, the one which committed Britain, uniquely in the world, to an 80 per cent cut in our CO2 emissions by 2050 (once described by Nick Timothy, Theresa May’s former joint chief of staff as a “monstrous act of self-harm”).

Perry boasted that this “ground-breaking Act has been absolutely instrumental in advancing climate action globally over the past decade”, and is now inspiring other nations “to follow in our footsteps”. She went on to say that “trillions of pounds of private sector capital… will be needed to be deployed if we are to meet our binding targets”.

Has Perry ever looked at the figures to see how far the rest of the world has, in fact, been following in our footsteps? It is true that in the past decade the UK, according to the latest BP Statistical Review of World Energy, has cut its emissions by 28 per cent, mainly by closing down the coal-fired power stations that until 2015 still supplied 30 per cent of our electricity, so we now contribute barely one per cent to the global total.

But China, the world’s largest emitter, contributing 27 per cent of the total, has in the same period increased its emissions by 24 per cent, and plans by 2030 to have doubled them. India, the third largest emitter, has increased them by 54 per cent and plans to have tripled them. So our energy minister thinks we should continue to set an example to the world by spending “trillions” on meeting a target that could only be achieved by closing down virtually all our economy, while the rest of the world takes not the blindest notice.

As a measure of her financial acumen, we learn from Wikipedia that Perry once told BBC listeners that the “national deficit” and our “national debt” are the same thing. What makes this truly terrifying is not just that Perry is now running our energy policy, but that the rest of our MPs are so equally lost in the same make-believe that not one will point out she is away with the fairies.

  1. April 9, 2018 9:51 am

    Truly we are governed by donkeys.
    Corrupt, stupid , on the take, anxious for WWIII on the basis of lies & false flags…..
    I propose a competition: does anyone know of an honest, bright & knowledgable politician?
    Votes on a postcard please to my residence in LaLa land.
    John Doran.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 9, 2018 12:34 pm

      I can’t help but feel that you are insulting donkeys. I think they are much brighter than our politicians.

      The few decent politicians that I thought we had have blown it with their Brexit stupidity.

      • April 9, 2018 2:06 pm

        You know, you have a point there, but at least the donkeys won’t know they’ve been insulted.
        The politicians will know they’ve been insulted, but they won’t care.
        I’ve been waiting over a fortnight for a return call from my MP, Michael Fallon.

    • April 9, 2018 2:56 pm

      Come on jdseanjd, an MP has more important things to do than return a call to the likes of you, and me for that matter. You really think our MPS are angling for WW3? You are stupid if you think that. Blame the mad state that is Russia.

      • bobn permalink
        April 9, 2018 4:33 pm

        Interesting that antisemitism gets roars of disapproval but Russiaphobia is praised and encouraged. If we stop poking the Bear in the eye it might stop snarling back. We have RAF fighter jets now flying up and down the Russian border (from Estonia). Russia havent deployed any jets to Ireland yet! Russia has moved its military away from our borders but we have moved ours closer to them. We support ‘rebels’ against the Govt in Syria – yay they say. Russia supports ‘rebels’ against the Coup that toppled the Govt in Ukraine – boo they say. Russia supported the democratic vote of the Crimeans – boo they say; we dont support democracy says the West. Welcome to the West’s great hypocracy. And yes Blair wanted and got war, Cameron wanted and got war, Tessa and Bozo the clown want war, and are trying hard to get it!
        And now in the UK we practice ‘guilty until proven innocent’, Lynch mob rules UK – hurrah!

      • April 10, 2018 4:10 pm

        The “mad” state of Russia held an overwhelmingly popular referendum in which Crimeans voted to return to Russia, thus protecting Putin’s warm water seaport in sevastopol from the Western, US, Soros sponsored coup which put Nazi Poroshenko in charge of Ukraine. US State Dept. Victoria “Fuck the EU” Nuland was the coup organiser.

        Putin is in Syria legally, at the request of democratically elected Basshar al Assad. He is protecting his warm water port at Tartus.
        He, the Syrians, Iran & Hezzbolah are destroying ISIS the Western mercenaries, trying to restore some sanity to the Middle East.

        & it’s Russia which is mad? Que?

        Tell me, how does one acquire an “Alice Through The Looking Glass” perspective? Are you perhaps a “twitter warrior”?
        Or should that be titter warrior?

        There’ve been problems recruiting sufficiently dumb people, I gather.

        John Doran.

  2. April 9, 2018 10:00 am

    Has Perry ever looked at the figures to see how far the rest of the world has, in fact, been following in our footsteps?

    She’s worse than Caroline Lucas (maybe that’s the intent?)

    Seriously…. I’ve posted the link here before but torment yourself with CP holding forth at the Royal Geographical Society fairly recently….

    imho an exasperating parade of contrived, deluded, dishonest tosh.

    Let us also not forget that madam credulously delivered an opening speech praising the UK’s “first subsidy free solar power station” last year – she’s utterly shameless when it comes to talking up Green kerrapp… and seemingly proud of it too.

    • Rowland H permalink
      April 9, 2018 11:51 am

      Started to listen but really couldn’t cope with it! But I’m frequently emailing/corresponding with her and told her that she (and all other politicians) is off with the fairies.

  3. Peter F Gill permalink
    April 9, 2018 10:09 am

    The point that Chris B has appeared to miss is that neither we nor indeed anyone else is an offender for emitting carbon dioxide. The real stupidity is to worry about emitting this gas. In other respects Chris’s analysis is spot on.

    • dennisambler permalink
      April 9, 2018 10:12 am

      Exactly so. We should be careful with the use of language. I know exactly what Booker means, but we should never use their language as it gives them credibility.

    • Christopher Booker permalink
      April 9, 2018 10:55 am

      Peter, I fear it was not me but my newspaper which in that headline described those other countries as !offenders!, That may be the opinion of my newspaper, but as anyone familiar with my thoughts on this matter would know, it is certainly not mine!

      • Peter F Gill permalink
        April 9, 2018 11:32 am

        Yes Chris. I suspected something like that which is why I said “appeared to miss”. I suffered similarly when writing articles for the website of what was then the Surrey Mirror Group. I found that ahead of my pieces I would find pictures of cooing towers belching out steam which I guess the journalists thought was smoke or that evil carbon dioxide stuff.

    • April 9, 2018 10:55 am

      I agree. Do not even accept the premise. CO2 is one of the naturally occurring atmospheric gases.

  4. April 9, 2018 10:14 am

    Today Claire has jetted to New York to preach to the faithful

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 9, 2018 10:32 am

      Oh, please let her meet up with Scott Pruitt – or even Trump. She’ll get some advice on how not to waste trillions. Doubt she’s listen.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    April 9, 2018 10:29 am

    What makes this truly terrifying is not just that Perry is now running our energy policy

    I doubt very much that Perry is running anything. She is a hostage to the Green blob in the Civil Service and does whatever they tell her.

    I’ve just put some balancing agent in my pond to get rid of the green in it; perhaps we can do the same for BEIS (said more in hope than expectation).

  6. jasg permalink
    April 9, 2018 10:35 am

    At least she got the trillions of pounds right except that it’ll be consumers and taxpayers coughing up for it.

    • April 9, 2018 10:58 am

      Likely with the Aussies leading by example – by the look of it – looking forward to Claire chalking that up as a success that we need to emulate to maintain our global lead eh?

  7. TinyCO2 permalink
    April 9, 2018 11:03 am

    Let’s face it, much of our financial model is based on the broken window school of economics. We import loads of workers who need state top ups, to work in massive tax avoiding companies, to sell products we don’t need and can’t afford and just the basic sum of money into government vs money out, fails to register that we are not doing well. Surely that gap should tell our chancellor that there’s a flaw in their calculations? Eventually the pyramid scheme fails.

  8. April 9, 2018 11:03 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Meanwhile, in the UK, 48,000 succumb to the record cold winter of 2017/18.
    With that in mind, we really do live in a bizarre world when totally avoidable deaths of thousands of Brits due to ‘extreme’ cold are superseded by trillion pound virtue-signalling climate policies, passed without a blink, designed to prevent a supposed 1-2 degree warming by 2100!?

    Welcome to the regrettable age of collective eco-madness.

  9. Derek Buxton permalink
    April 9, 2018 11:37 am

    Another idiot following the disastrous Camoron, we really have far too many in the toady government who do not care for either our country or People. Camoron started the rot but this latest group are fighting for the Gold medal of ruining this once proud Country.

  10. Terbrugghen permalink
    April 9, 2018 12:34 pm

    Granted the analysis is in net emissions, not per capita, but I felt the need to find a metric about the ghostly second largest CO2 emitter on the planet, the US.

    According to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, since 2005 annual U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined by 758 million metric tons. That is by far the largest decline of any country in the world over that timespan and is nearly as large as the 770 million metric ton decline for the entire European Union. By comparison, the second largest decline during that period was registered by the United Kingdom, which reported a 170 million metric ton decline. At the same time, China’s carbon dioxide emissions grew by 3 billion metric tons, and India’s grew by 1 billion metric tons

  11. mikewaite permalink
    April 9, 2018 12:36 pm

    How to turn popular indignation and anger into popular action. That is the question . Wish I knew the answer but perhaps someone here does .
    The essential need is for a dialogue to start at the level at which Ministers wake up from their Green day dreams and start to think about the injustices and the inefficiencies.
    Would a petition help ?
    Writing to MPs? Has that ever worked? Do they actually read letters?
    Put together a community funded video based on the information regularly seen here and ask one of the TV channels to run it ?
    There are already sceptic organisations like GWPF but they appear to have absolutely no influence on the powers that be.
    Some sort of “splitting Image “-type caricature of Ministers and MPs who allow this Green nonsense – but where to publish it . “Josh” does brilliant satirical cartoons , but does it change anything ?
    There has to be a way – because if not the only alternative eventually is something that we do not wish to see on our streets.

    • mikewaite permalink
      April 9, 2018 2:31 pm

      “Spitting ” but “splitting” might be more appropriate and would relieve a lot of anger .

    • alexei permalink
      April 9, 2018 5:15 pm

      @ Mike – I sometimes dream that if the PM was bombarded with complaints, she’d HAVE to take notice but then, I realise 1] how hard it is to arouse the Brits from their slumber and 2] I think she’s probably counting on a majority of the country being appalled at the prospect of a Corbyn win at the next GE that lets her off the hook of listening to their concerns.
      As for petitions, there’s one currently doing the rounds seeking a “freedom of speech” act. The majority of the 33,569 votes so far come from areas with Conservative MPs. What does that tell you ……..

  12. Gerry, England permalink
    April 9, 2018 12:40 pm

    Since it is their own money, I doubt that the trillions of pounds of private sector money Perry wants will ever come. Troughing for subsidy, you know that your business is beholden to the government and operate accordingly. Committing your own cash will require a real profit to be made and so far none of the green ideas can stand alone without taxpayer cash.

  13. Keith Parker permalink
    April 9, 2018 1:15 pm

    Who voted these bums in and why?
    What are you doing about them?

    • April 9, 2018 2:52 pm

      Not me. I blame it on a dumbed-down education system and propaganda from the BBC and most other MSM. There have to be some real idiots in the HoC to vote May in as PM (not to mention her predecessor Camoron).

  14. Athelstan permalink
    April 9, 2018 3:43 pm

    Claire Perry, the post modern exemplar, the poster gal for the government of all the planks, cripes theresa maybot, searched high and low and filled the cabinet with her woodentops.

    Mind you, if you are a tad thick yoursen, then, you’ll hardly surround yourself with blokes and people who’re going to show you up to be what you actually are, an unquestioning, purblind believer in the green mythology and weak in t’ead, gnarled but sawdust brained ignoramus.

    She never says it, “for the defence, security, wellbeing and protection of the nation” leads one to surmise, it’s almost as if mother theresa doesn’t care a hoot about Britain and her fellow Brits, but then it isn’t a surprise – really. As we see and that’s why Claire Perry is busily fashioning, writing Britain’s energy policy ‘green’ suicide note, finishing off what Ed the lesser milipeed and Bryony (Worthington) started.

  15. Bill permalink
    April 9, 2018 4:31 pm

    Okay confused to say the least. Is it the UK spending trillions to cover the cost of something Britain committed to?

    • April 9, 2018 4:41 pm

      Perry’s specifically stated, writing in BusinessGreen:

      Just this week, I met with key players in our finance sector, where the Green Finance Taskforce commissioned by this government made wide-ranging recommendations to unlock the vast potential of green investment, trillions of pounds of private sector capital that will be needed to be deployed if we are to meet our binding targets. I now want to take forward these important recommendations – and then see our model for clean growth replicated across the globe.

      So I take this as meaning the UK needs to spend trillions on upgrading networks, building wind farms etc. Of course words like these often trip off politicians’ tongues before their brains click into gear!!

      • Athelstan permalink
        April 9, 2018 5:41 pm

        ” I now want to take forward these important recommendations – and then see our model for clean growth replicated across the globe.”

        “our model for clean growth replicated across the globe”

        Is it lalaland naivety, or is she just completely bonkers?

      • April 9, 2018 6:22 pm

        When they talk big numbers, I suspect they don’t know the difference between a billion and a trillion; after all it’s other peoples money so what do they care?

  16. April 9, 2018 6:54 pm

    Phillip Bratby.

    You are right Phillip. Some of these politicians are not all that numerate, just like most of the general population.
    To spend even £1 trillion would be to spend around £35 billion/year for the next 30 years. So wnen she says ‘ trillions’ she is being a bit carried away.

    We have had a different Energy Minister every year for the past couple of decades. So it is obviously not the politicians who are the problem, but the Civil Servants who are advising them.
    The question really is, ” Who is in charge of all this ?”
    Answers on a postcard.

  17. Jim Wiegand - Wildlife Biologist permalink
    April 9, 2018 7:23 pm

    Correction……..In the UK corporate/government corruption,will steal trillions from taxpayers. They will create fraudulent research just like they have with Scotland’s disappearing golden eagles, to keep their lucrative scam going. To learn more about their ongoing research fraud, visit this site………

  18. April 10, 2018 4:38 am

    “Answers on a postcard.”

    Just the stamp will suffice – only use the card if you run out of space (unlikely)

    • dave permalink
      April 10, 2018 9:02 am

      Both winners and losers of WW 2 are in numerical decline:

      Lifetime Births per woman:

      Japan 1.46
      Germany 1.50
      Russia 1.75
      UK 1.81
      USA 1.84

      It is elsewhere that the future is being determined:

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      5.0 births per woman.

      I do not think this is any time to be planning expenditure of “trillions” of pounds )we have not got*), just to rejig our little bit of the World.

      *A trillion here, a trillion there; pretty soon you are talking serious money!

  19. interzonkomizar permalink
    April 10, 2018 7:36 am

    Hi Christopher. Greetings from the Big Mango (BKK). The govt. Climate Change groups are in for a surprise … Abrupt Climate Change. This is a summary and warning i put together:

    The MsM and warmist alarmists are wrong. It is the heighth of hubris and arrogance to think humans, in the space of 150 years, can change thermal cycles that are thousands of years long and have existed for millenia. The thermal mass of the land and oceans is enormous. The temperature of deep, still, parts of the ocean have barely risen one degree in 22,000 years, the last glacial max.

    My reading of the climate tea leaves says we’re already past the interglacial plateau.

    For the last three thousand years, Since 1000 BC, the end of the Minoan Warm Period, the global temperature trend has been -0.5 to -0.7 dgC per 1000 yrs, projecting full glacial of 8 dgC in another 7,000 yrs. Another clue, the obliquity dropped below 23.5 degrees around 1300 AD, the onset of the Wolf Minimum.
    Now the glacial cold lurking in the deep ocean, held in check by obliquity for 10,000 years, has been set free, ending the Holocene Interglacial. We are in the transition zone, expect Finoscandian ice sheets to start in 2000 yrs.

    However, the solar output has been declining since 1986 and this accelerated in 2009 with solar cycle 24, the lowest in over 100 yrs. Cycle 25 will also be low and the beginning of a Grand Solar Minimum, now named the Eddy Minimum. Expect a Little Ice Age lasting 40 yrs, with some winters extremely cold, some wet cool springs to kill crops, some cold summers, and more frequent and severe storms. The storminess index went from 6.5 to 14 during the LIA. This slide into cold is showing up in German weather station records where the last 30 yrs of winter (DJF) are trending -19 dgC per 1000 yrs, much faster than the slow decline to normal glacials. Zugspitze Mtn. Resort, elev 2000m, january temperature has been trending down 1 dgC per 10 yrs.

    I expect in the next ten years one billion will actually starve due to crop failures, and one billion will be eaten by stronger omnivores.

    You’ve been warned. Take a sharpie and write your social security number or driver’s license on the inside of your arm, heh. Stock up on hatchets and hunting knives to trade for food.

    Sandy, Minister of Future

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