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UK Government spending foreign aid money to promote fracking in China

May 26, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Robin Guenier


Sometimes I feel like I’ve been sucked into a black hole and reappeared in a different universe!

From the “Independent”:



Taxpayers’ money earmarked to support overseas development has been spent on supporting China’s fracking industry, The Independent can reveal.

The government is required to spend 0.7 per cent of its national income each year on foreign aid.

But even with climate change threatening the developing world with droughts, flooding and heatwaves, millions have been spent on fossil fuel investment abroad over the past two years.

This includes two schemes aiming to “export the UK’s expertise in shale gas regulation” to China, as controversy about new drilling sites rages back in Britain.


I won’t bore you with the rest of the story. As you can probably guess, the “Independent” being the “Independent” proceeds to give full coverage to a load of eco cranks, including Christian Aid, who claim that the rapidly changing climate is driving more extreme weather, more acute disasters. (Don’t they know it’s a sin to lie?)

At the end they deign to give a few words to the government spokesperson.


Leaving aside the question why China needs our aid at all,  the “Independent” fails to ask the really relevant question of why our government is so keen for us to decarbonise at huge cost, but at the same time thinks it is a good idea to help China develop their natural gas sector?

  1. May 26, 2019 7:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  2. Adrian permalink
    May 26, 2019 7:20 pm

    Well at least some folk will have electric light, nothing wrong with that surely? As for us paying for it well I suppose that’s nice of us.

    If it upsets anyone I wonder why they keep voting for the muppets.

    As for the universe thing Paul, welcome, it seems like you’ve joined me at last, There’s plenty of space here as most of the others seem happy where they are, moaning and doing bugger-all about it. Oh mebbe you cant say that any more in their ‘verse, but worry not it’s allowed in mine.

  3. Jon Scott permalink
    May 26, 2019 7:36 pm

    Maybe Chinese villages still have their idiots. All of ours were camped out in London last month.
    Fraccing is safe If you are open to listen to a real expert on the subject then this lecture from the Geological Society in 2016
    “What Coal Mining Hydrogeology tells us about the Real Risks of Fracking_London Lecture_May 2016”

    tells just facts unlike those other “experts” in the marxist political organisations hiding behind climate and the environment as a way to push their marxist agenda…Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Extinction Idiots, sorry Rebellion et al

    • Vincent Booth permalink
      May 27, 2019 9:02 am

      Hi John, one of the best lectures re the need for the UK to develop natural gas via fracking. Thanks for the link

    • Ian Magness permalink
      May 27, 2019 11:04 am

      Thank you so much for this – a truly outstanding speech. Well worth taking the time to watch (and indeed learn from).

  4. May 26, 2019 8:15 pm

    This decision merits a “Yes Minister” type analysis. Sadly I do not have that expertise; but spent some time attempting to play the fly on the the wall. It kept me occupied for some time!
    The absurdity shouts out and can only be rationised by looking at the weird motivations locked into the bureaucratic system which runs our country.

  5. May 26, 2019 8:23 pm

    But even with climate change threatening the developing world with droughts, flooding and heatwaves should of course read:
    “But even with climate change propagandists threatening the developing world”…etc.

    It’s a flood of fantasy and a drought of reality from their overheated imaginations, inflicted on us all the time.

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 26, 2019 8:36 pm

    It’s a tiny amount (pointless even) but it is the crass hypocrisy and stupidity that matters.

    But this was as dumb as it gets!

    Now the EU is battling cheap Chinese steel ‘dumping’!

  7. Athelstan. permalink
    May 26, 2019 11:07 pm

    “Sometimes I feel like I’ve been sucked into a black hole and reappeared in a different universe!”

    yes, it’s head scratching days for me too, but is it really us?

    you can only tell a big whopper for some of the time, there comes a point when the kid shouts “ooh look at the Emperor – he’s starkers!”

    Plus, I think insofar as the ‘Occident’ is concerned, we near the end of days.

  8. marlene permalink
    May 26, 2019 11:19 pm

    Of that .07%, how much does China kickback to the UK bureaucrats involved in this decision?

    • dave permalink
      May 27, 2019 8:43 am

      “…export the UK’s expertise in shale gas REGULATION [my emphasis]…”

      Surely, this only means that the UK is trying to export its bureaucratic expertise in STOPPING fracking.

      Undoubtedly, the Chinese will just take the money off the silly foreign devils, and giggle.

      • marlene permalink
        May 28, 2019 1:38 am

        Yes, you’re right.

  9. markl permalink
    May 27, 2019 3:48 pm

    Why is the UK even giving China, the world’s second largest economy and five times that of the UK, any foreign aid at all? Especially after handing them a good portion of their industrial output?

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