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Delingpole: Meet the green wonk who is ready to ruin Britain

October 11, 2018

By Paul Homewood

 

From Dellers:

 


Only government intervention in the free market will enable Britain to meet its carbon emissions reductions obligations, Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned.

Chris Stark

Interviewed in the Guardian, Stark can barely contain his revolutionary fervour as he prepares to push the UK government into line with Monday’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report, the most alarmist ever produced by the IPCC, calls for $2.4 trillion a year to be spent every year until 2035. Stark is relishing the “challenge”.

“We will be challenged as never before,” he said. “We will be scrutinised as never before. We must stick up to that scrutiny. We will be forcing politicians to make hard decisions. We will be testing the political consensus [on climate change].”

He said reducing emissions by the amounts needed would “require answers that the market unfettered will not deliver”.

If this doesn’t chill you to the marrow, it should.

Stark may look innocuous enough with his charming resemblance to Arthur, the amiable Aardvaak in the children’s cartoon series. But this is one dangerous apparatchik: the CCC was established by the Labour government as an enforcement mechanism for its 2009 Climate Change Act, one of the most costly acts in British history, which legally obliges Britain to reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 percent at a cost conservatively estimated at £18.3 billion a year every year till 2050.

Until the act is repealed, the British government is legally bound by its prescriptions.

If Stark gets his way — and he might –then Britain will be carpeted in yet more bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes, electricity prices will rocket and British industry will become increasingly uncompetitive.

Stark is an ardent true believer in the threat of climate change. As he told Carbon Brief:  “I believe – quite passionate, actually – that one of the issues in climate change is that we often understate some of the risks to the climate and risks to the economy that come from climate change.”

He’s also a huge fan of wind turbines:

  • On his “daft list” of cost-effective action not being pursued: “Top of my list would be onshore wind. Finding a route to market for the cheapest renewable electricity technology, it would seem to me, to be the most important step that government could take in the short term and I do believe it is daft that that is not happening at the moment.”

We should be afraid, very afraid. If Jeremy Corbyn ever gains power, the damage that Stark will be able to wreak with his green policy measures on both the economy and the landscape will be virtually limitless.

But even as the government stands, he is unlikely to be reigned in. Theresa May’s government, though notionally Conservative, is fully committed to the green agenda. Indeed, if you believe the Guardian‘s report, it is considering actually increasing its already impossible carbon emissions targets.

Claire Perry, business minister, announced in April that she would ask the committee to review the UK’s current climate target – of an 80% cut in emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 – soon after the IPCC’s findings.

Any analysis is likely to centre on the UK becoming “net zero” in emissions terms by mid-century. That would involve reducing emissions as far as possible, for instance by ramping up clean energy and switching to electric vehicles, while increasing the UK’s carbon “sinks”, such as forests and soils. It could also include the option of offsetting any remaining emissions by investing in emissions cuts in other countries.

So who is this Chris Stark, with whom we have invested so much power to ruin the country?
This is his profile from the CCC:

Chris joins the CCC from the Scottish Government where he is currently the Director of Energy and Climate Change, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions reduction and the accompanying energy system transition.

Previously, Chris headed up the Scottish Government’s central strategy team. He has widespread experience of economic policy-making and has worked in a number of Whitehall departments including HM Treasury and the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

https://www.theccc.org.uk/2018/02/27/lord-deben-welcomes-appointment-new-chief-executive-chris-stark/

In other words, he has no experience in the private sector, let alone the energy sector. Instead he is little more than a policy wonk, just like the idiot Miliband who brought us the wretched Climate Act in the first place.

It’s like handing the kids a can of petrol and a box of matches.

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26 Comments
  1. A C Osborn permalink
    October 11, 2018 5:47 pm

    Paul, not really petrol & matches would be dangerous to them, whereas they are dangerous to us the Public.

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    October 11, 2018 6:15 pm

    There is a book:

    How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It

    Now they want to destroy it.
    How has that happened?

    • October 11, 2018 8:05 pm

      Emigration. The creators left, such as Andrew Carnegie, leaving a public sector rump, except for whisky, which couldn’t leave, and some very nice East coast summer fruit, and haddock.

  3. October 11, 2018 6:19 pm

    Civil Service fast streamer, by the look of it. Straight from education into Government. Quote from Business Green.com “Moving into public policy straight after university, he has had stints on Whitehall at HM Treasury, working on public spending and tax, as well as at the former Department for Business, Industry and Skills.”

    So, no life skills, just policy.

    Yes, colour me cynical.

    • October 12, 2018 1:02 pm

      Sounds like the former Obama administration. Not a one had actually had a job in the private sector….evah!!

      Now we have businessman and real estate developer, Donald Trump, who has successfully spent his life in the private sector. His cabinet is full of people from military and business. Several have been State governors, but were in the private sector prior to that.

      For example, Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, came out of poverty in Detroit to become the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons. He understands the plight and what needs to happen. A movie about his life, “Gifted Hands” can be viewed on YouTube.

      What a difference it has made in a very short period of time. Vice President, Mike Pence, has proven to be a great asset. Prior VP’s were just supposed to attend state funerals. Not in the Trump administration. Pence’s recent speech regarding China to the Hudson Institute, laid it on the line and called China out. He and Trump like each other, respect each other, see eye-to-eye, and sing from the same page. Nikki Haley has been another rock-star at the UN. But after 6 straight years as Governor of South Carolina, during hurricanes and other intense situations and two eventful years at the UN, she is leaving for a well-earned change of pace. She and President Trump made an awesome team for the US at the UN.

  4. Bidefordcamel permalink
    October 11, 2018 6:24 pm

    Perhaps we should invite him to set an example and be the first to voluntarily double his domestic electricity bill. Is the way forward clearly.

  5. Malcolm Bell permalink
    October 11, 2018 6:43 pm

    Ignorant buffoon. When he has failed in his “mission” and ruined millions of lives he will retire with a knighthood and pension. He should instead be heading for prison.

    I rarely express myself so strongly but this is just wrong.

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      October 12, 2018 8:28 am

      Agree, prison is the most suitable place for these fraudsters, as defined by the UNCCC!

  6. Dave Ward permalink
    October 11, 2018 6:53 pm

    If someone gives him a can of petrol, I’ll happily deal with the matches…

  7. Ian Miller permalink
    October 11, 2018 7:03 pm

    Subjected to the most skilfully organised BBC subliminal Climate Alarmist Propaganda in its history, the UK is slowly being persuaded by its Political Elite to insanely ditch its most successful economic model by which it has benefited greatly for 3 centuries, to embrace a Totalitarian Socialist New World Order with its inevitable accompanying untold grinding poverty. This is the avowed intention of the Extreme Left, whose Cliff Edge which we are currently busily ignoring at our peril.

    • Robin Guenier permalink
      October 11, 2018 7:18 pm

      Except that there’s no possibility of a “Totalitarian Socialist New World Order”: the newly industrialised economies (China, India, South Korea etc) wouldn’t be remotely interested, nor would oil producers such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, nor would Russia and Japan – and nor of course would the US. And the EU may try to adopt it – but Germany, Poland, Italy, Hungary etc wouldn’t comply. And that leaves the UK, and maybe Canada and Australia plus a few smaller EU countries – altogether responsible for a mere 5% of global emissions. And who would care if we’re reduced to grinding poverty? No one.

  8. Phillip Bratby permalink
    October 11, 2018 7:19 pm

    You can always rely on Dellers to put his finger on it.

    The problem is that we are governed by a bunch of useless politicians who are advised (or run) by a bunch of idiots in the civil service and who are cheered on by idiots in the MSM. I can see no escape from the madness.that engulfs the country. We are unable to throw out the idiots and install someone who knows what they are doing – such as the Donald.

  9. Bill Wiggans permalink
    October 11, 2018 7:28 pm

    He looks a complete d***k. Sorry, I know I’m shallow and childish.

    • October 12, 2018 1:05 pm

      There’s nothing that says “liberal loser” like a scruffy, sort of beard.

  10. October 11, 2018 7:49 pm

    Crazy technocrats living of Governement dole!

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      October 12, 2018 8:31 am

      “Government Dole”, not so, it is our taxes that support them, governments by definition have no money!

  11. Ian Miller permalink
    October 11, 2018 7:56 pm

    Claire Perry who now is Conservative Minister of State at the Department for B.E.I.S. was described by George Monbiot of the Guardian as a firebrand who wanted to nationalise the banks and overthrow capitalism”. Amazingly, she now presides over UK Energy Policy and will doubtless be gleefully dancing to the tune of Chris Stark, with whom we will have invested so much power to ruin the country. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, also admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.
    The Left is on a roll and sensing victory will not stop if meantime only the West is damaged. It will only be a first step before consolidating its power base and then moving on

  12. Mack permalink
    October 11, 2018 8:42 pm

    We all seemed to be doomed I’m afraid. With the exception of Farage (and he is unlikely to ever hold the reins of power) there currently appears to be no active leading U.K. politician, or any major political party, prepared to confront the green blob and return energy policy to the simple requirement of providing cheap, clean, reliable energy to the masses and what remains of our industry. I will take absolutely no pleasure in saying ‘I told you so’ when we enter a natural cyclical cooling phase, despite our ‘carbon sins’, and the Sixth Form energy policies of our so called betters, reduce the populus to fuel poverty, premature death for many of the most vulnerable in society, trash the environment and crash the economy to boot. One can only hope that, before the great unwashed begin to freeze in their candle lit beds, a grown up who follows the real scientific evidence and not the IPCC ouija confections, grabs the wheel of state and changes course. Otherwise we’re sailing full steam ahead towards a rather unforgiving ice berg. And, if climate history teaches us anything, there will be a lot more ice lurking around in the decades to come.

  13. Athelstan permalink
    October 11, 2018 10:00 pm

    The loonies took over the asylum back in the 60s, now the spawn of the spawn come to the wrecking party, even more vacant than their sires.

    I can foresee no release, the whole shebang needs to collapse, economic catastrophe is the only ‘fire’ of cleansing sufficient enough to rid of this latest progeny of the wreckers and that means possibly, a few years of corbyism, or the EU to implode, neither prospect is at all satisfactory but when all said, madness begets destruction, is the precursor to cartharsis and as we draw down, becomes the most vital necessity.

  14. markl permalink
    October 11, 2018 11:22 pm

    Since WWI the UK has flirted with Socialists/Marxists/Communists (but I repeat myself). I thought Brexit brought some order to the UK’s understanding of sovereignty and self reliance but with people like this actually being taken seriously I’m not so sure.

  15. October 12, 2018 3:49 am

    One can just imagine this berk fawning around the twerp Gummer.

    “CEO” ? … pffff …

    Chris joins the CCC from the Scottish Government where he is currently the Director of Energy and Climate Change, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions reduction and the accompanying energy system transition.

    If this is the best that the civil service can offer – a “high flyer” – we are assuredly in deep sh1t

    What a mess

  16. John permalink
    October 12, 2018 7:49 am

    The Climate Change Act has been the biggest industry wrecker in our lifetimes. It is an act of vandalism and someone should be held to account
    We have exported a lot of our industry, to anywhere else, for a net world increase in CO2.
    A single act of untold stupidity
    The Brexit bonus is it can be repealed and replaced with some appropriate to the UK mitigation

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      October 12, 2018 8:36 am

      How I wish it could be done. Unfortunately the ones who could save us have disappeared. Once, we could rely on the Conservative party to save us but it no longer exists.

  17. October 12, 2018 10:18 am

    if you have never had to create money then you have absolutely no understanding of how to control spending money. This total lack of common (economic) sense is made worse when you are spending someone else’s money and when you add group-think and confirmation bias to the mess………………..!!

  18. phil lenoir permalink
    October 12, 2018 11:58 am

    Before the next phase of lunacy begins someone please tell me how much warming we have negated so far for our bi££ions? I know this is often termed the “Bolt” question(Andrew Bolt-Aussie journalist) and i think it is excellent when directed at future plans to throw away fortunes with no likely (sensible)answer forthcoming.

    • Athelstan permalink
      October 12, 2018 1:05 pm

      Mr. Andrew Bolt is one of the best filleters of the great green scam in the world on a level with only a very few top, top journalists and it is, a very good question!

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