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UK Emission Cuts “mostly a result of the decline of its manufacturing industries.”

November 2, 2018

By Paul Homewood



Silly Jilly’s been in trouble with the climate mafia recently!

She uncritically repeated claims by Claire Perry that Britain’s reducing carbon footprint was all to do with the war on coal and all of those wonderful renewables, courtesy of her climate policies:



The UK’s pursuit of cleaner power means the average Briton’s carbon footprint is now the smallest it has been since the coal-fuelled days of 1859, according to fresh research.

A decade after the UK legislated to tackle climate change the Government’s official figures have revealed that the UK is on track to rely on coal for less than 5pc of its electricity for the first time since Industrial Revolution.

In total the UK’s carbon emissions are the lowest they have been since 1890, according to analysis from Carbon Brief. But on a per person basis the last time the average carbon footprint was as small as it is today was thirty years before then in 1859.

“Coal is yesterday’s fuel,” said Claire Perry, the minister for energy and clean growth. “We’re proud to be leading the world when it comes to getting rid of it, well ahead of our 2025 target.”


Silly Jilly however was taken to task by Kevin Anderson, the eco-extremist from the Tyndall Centre:






In other words, as New Scientist explains:

What’s more, if you look at the actual emissions the UK is responsible for, rather than just the emissions from its territory, there’s been hardly any decline in recent decades, according to a recent tweet from Kevin Anderson of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. In other words, the UK’s apparent success in cutting emissions is mostly a result of the decline of its manufacturing industries.

Poor old Jilly was left lost for words during the subsequent twitter exchange:




Of course, observant readers will remember that I have been saying very similar things myself, that reduction in UK emissions has largely been driven by:

  • The dash for gas in the 1990s
  • Industrial decline

At least Kevin Anderson is honest enough to admit that we will all have to radically alter our lifestyles, if we are to drastically cut emissions. Which is more than can be said for Claire Perry.

  1. HotScot permalink
    November 2, 2018 12:55 pm

    I hate to say I told you so, but I did.

    This is the beginning of the next specious campaign of the climate faithful; that wonderful renewables have saved us all from climate calamity.

    As the planets ‘average’ temperature heads inexorably down below the IPCC’s lowest prediction, they simply must find something to explain it, and this is it.

    Renewables have saved us folks………..That’s what we’ll be hearing.

    • Sheri permalink
      November 3, 2018 7:51 pm

      Those not freezing to death due to no electricity and those not rummaging throw trash cans trying to find food will be hearing it.

  2. It doesn't add up... permalink
    November 2, 2018 12:56 pm

    Perhaps it would be a good thing if Claire Perry drastically altered her lifestyle. Not being minister would be just the start of it. Trouble is, they seem to pop up like heads of the Hydra, and the next incumbent would likely be no better.

  3. Ian permalink
    November 2, 2018 1:11 pm

    Just watched BBC lunchtime news, where they were pushing the latest scam on a claimed increase in weather extremes and an increase in temperature. The increase in warm nights is apparently a big concern v/v the impact on the elderly. No balance naturally. I wonder what the impact on the elderly was in the claimed warmer winter.

    • Ian permalink
      November 2, 2018 1:36 pm

      I’ve written to my MP asking for trends and numbers in winter and summer deaths. If the weather is getting warmer, should I expect an improving trend in winter stats and a worsening trend (though with much lower numbers) in summer trends? I also noted that ten years is just weather according to the scientists.

      • November 2, 2018 4:02 pm

        Excess winter deaths are reported by ONS, & show a long-term decline – but IIRC there was a bump last year with the largely ineffective flu vaccine. I plotted excess deaths against winter temps a while back, and there was a relationship, albeit a weak one.

      • November 2, 2018 4:20 pm

        ONS says, re the last winter (Q1 2018):

        “In addition, increased winter deaths can sometimes be related to cold weather, though the relationship between mortality and temperature is less clear. It is interesting to note that Met Office data shows that both February and March 2018 were colder than average (February was 2.0 degrees Celsius colder than the five-year average and March was 1.4 degrees Celsius colder), with a particularly cold snap occurring between 22 February and 3 March. Figure 4 shows deaths began to climb well above the five-year average during this cold spell and remained high for almost two weeks after temperatures began to rise.”

        It attributes something like 15,000 excess deaths to this winter. I can’t find an ONS report on this summer’s heatwave, but news sources range from 650-1000 ish. So not really comparable.

        Go to ONS and search for “excess winter mortality” for info.

      • Ian permalink
        November 2, 2018 8:27 pm

        Thanks, jit.

  4. November 2, 2018 1:32 pm

    There’s nothing like a diet of random power cuts for ‘radically altering’ our lifestyles, whether we like it or not. Ratcheting up the reliance on unreliable renewables has to lead to that at some point, unless today’s policies suddenly change.

  5. November 2, 2018 1:47 pm

    Roger Helmer MEP speaking, European Parliament, Brussels, 26 January 2015:

    “So we have a policy which is exporting jobs, exporting investment, exporting manufacturing, and increasing CO2 emissions at the same time.

    “Mr Commissioner, if that is not madness, what is?”

    Has anything changed? Unlikely.

  6. George Lawson permalink
    November 2, 2018 2:09 pm

    The Met Office quote these figures that are easily challenged. and ignore the fact that Britain is a very small island in World terms, and that Spain temperatures during the summer were often lower than our own. They are obviously fighting for their failing reputation and have to come up with more scare stories.

  7. keith permalink
    November 2, 2018 3:34 pm

    Don’t worry the new UN Climate definition will come to their rescue, they will be able to invent temperatures to whatever level they want them to be.

  8. November 2, 2018 3:40 pm

    If they were at all serious they would have been going all out for nuclear and gas since the passing of the CCA, ignoring unreliables and putting lots of money into fusion research. But they haven’t, so they prove just how disingenuous (or plain stupid) they are.

  9. markl permalink
    November 2, 2018 4:09 pm

    As far as the UK is concerned the AGW scare is doing exactly what it is intended to do in the UK. Removing industrial capacity from successful Western Nations and transferring it to chosen (by the UN) nations ……. so called “wealth redistribution” has been the goal all along. One doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to see what’s happening yet the populace is allowing it to continue. Trump sees through the plan like a clean window.

  10. yonason permalink
    November 2, 2018 4:48 pm

    In the past I’ve said the U.K. should be on suicide watch, but from all I’m reading lately, it may already be too late. Perhaps hospice is a more appropriate choice?

  11. Gerry, England permalink
    November 2, 2018 6:22 pm

    Isn’t Webber a smarty pants – ‘climate disruption’. Get the new name for global warming.

  12. saparonia permalink
    November 4, 2018 4:46 pm

    Global Warming Nobel Laureate in Physics say is “Pseudoscience”

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