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The World’s Most Expensive Suicide Note

June 25, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Robin Guenier

 

 

This is the two-page Statutory Instrument, which is set to cost the UK £37bn a year , according to the Committee on Climate Change. (Note this amount is on top of the cost of meeting the original 80% targets. The full cost is now estimated at £50bn a year).

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http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111187654

As stated, no impact assessment has been produced, and it is expected to go through Parliament on the nod, and with very little debate.

 

It is relevant therefore to look back at the Impact Assessment for the original 2008 Climate Change Act:

 

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 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2009/70/pdfs/ukia_20090070_en.pdf

 

Note the statement in an economically sound way. Clearly spending £50bn a year cannot be regarded as “economically sound”.

It then goes on:

Demonstrating the UK’s leadership in tackling climate change – to increase the chances of a binding international emissions reduction agreement that would stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases at a level that would avoid dangerous climate change

Since the Act was passed, no such binding reduction agreement has been achieved, or appears likely to be in the foreseeable future. The Paris Agreement notably was not binding and even the non-binding pledges made would lead to global emissions continuing to increase for the period of the agreement up to 2030, as the Agreement itself makes clear.

 

The Impact Assessment then goes on to summarise the costs and benefits of the Act, and notes:

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The economic case for the UK continuing to act alone where global action  cannot be achieved would be weak

In short, whatever the UK does will make no difference at all the world’s climate, and therefore there is no economic case for acting alone.

Are our MPs aware of any of this?

41 Comments
  1. john cooknell permalink
    June 25, 2019 11:50 am

    It was always like this, history repeats itself almost perfectly, the UK Parliament passed the first climate change act in 1662, Charles the second was on the throne. Perhaps we should ask the Bishop of St David’s to once again lead us in prayer.

    Samuel Pepys 21st jan 1661
    It is strange what weather we have had all this winter; no cold at all; but the ways are dusty, and the flyes fly up and down, and the rose-bushes are full of leaves, such a time of the year as was never known in this world before here.

    House Of Lords 11th jan 1662
    The Fast to be observed in Westm. Abbey, and the Bp. of St. David’s to preach.
    ¶Whereas His Majesty hath been pleased, by Proclamation, upon the Unseasonableness of the Weather, to command a general and public Fast, to be religiously and solemnly kept, within the Cities of London and Westm. and Places adjacent: It is ORDERED, by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, in Parliament assembled.

    Samuel Pepys 15 jan 1662
    fast day ordered by the Parliament, to pray for more seasonable weather; it having hitherto been summer weather, that it is, both as to warmth and every other thing, just as if it were the middle of May or June, which do threaten a plague (as all men think) to follow, for so it was almost the last winter; and the whole year after hath been a very sickly time to this day

    • Mack permalink
      June 25, 2019 12:34 pm

      Unfortunately, the majority of our political class don’t do ‘history’, political, geological or literary. If they had, they would know that the world is not suffering a current climate emergency. In fact, climatically, we have lived through rather benign times over the past 10,000 years that has enabled mankind to flourish. The only tipping point on the horizon is not a negligible spike in human induced global warming but the major population centres of the planet being crushed under a mile of ice when the next glaciation kicks in, as it surely will. Certainly we can all do more to tackle the very real issues of pollution, environmental degradation and habitat loss but warm and fluffy politicos virtual signalling the advanced economies into abject poverty in a futile attempt to change the weather is, simply, madness.

    • Sheri permalink
      June 25, 2019 1:08 pm

      But….but….but WE’RE RIGHT THIS TIME!!!! You know people are totally incapable of learning because they live in a fantasy world where THIS TIME it works. It is also known as insanity, of course.

  2. It doesn't add up... permalink
    June 25, 2019 11:59 am

    This really should have been the top headline news in every national paper. Lest it be thought that this was a government only idea, here is Rachel Reeves’ Private Members Bill that was to similar effect

    https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/climatechangeemissionstargets.html

    The amazing thing was that I presume Bercow organised this little video by a junior parliamentary staffer explaining that as this was only a minor change, a Statutory Instrument is all that is required. I hope he enjoys the minor change to his lifestyle and standard of living.

    The debate was derisory – the whole process an affront to democracy.

    http://bit.ly/2X61yix

  3. Andrew Ritchie permalink
    June 25, 2019 12:00 pm

    Paul, it is unbelievably frustrating that we don’t see this type of analysis anywhere in the broadcast or print media. Moreover, whenever I attempt to talk around this subject, at home or with friends, I am likened to a flat earth scientist.

    • Sheri permalink
      June 25, 2019 1:10 pm

      I would hope you have a speech on flat earth and scientists just waiting to deliver along with speeches on tectonic plates, ulcers and other “flat earth” instances in these people’s beloved religion—err, I mean “science”—was sooooo wrong.

  4. June 25, 2019 12:16 pm

    When will people realise that any CO2 reduction policy should also be seen in a longer-term context:
    • The modern short pulse of beneficial Global warming stopped 20 years ago and recent global temperatures are now stable or declining.
    • According to reliable Ice Core records the last millennium 1000 – 2000 AD was the coldest of our current Holocene interglacial and the world had already been cooling quite rapidly since before Roman times, in fact since ~1000 BC.
    • At 11,000 years old, our Holocene interglacial, responsible for all man-kind’s advances, from living in caves to microprocessors, is coming its end.
    • The weather gets worse in colder times.
    • The world will very soon, (on a geological time scale), revert to a true glaciation, again resulting in mile high ice sheets over New York.

    The prospect of even moving in a cooling direction is something to be truly scared about, both for the biosphere and for man-kind.

    Spending any effort, let alone GDP scale costs, trying to stop the UK’s 1% of something that has not been happening for 3 millennia seems monumentally stupid.

    https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/global-man-made-co2-emissions-1965-2018-bp-data/
    https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/holocene-context-for-catastrophic-anthropogenic-global-warming/

  5. Rowland P permalink
    June 25, 2019 12:16 pm

    None of our MPs dare to step out of line on this subject. They are scared s***less of the eco-fascists and are totally wrapped up in group think. Plus, we have celebrity virtue signallers like Mark Ryllance who is withdrawing his support of some drama company because it has shares in BP or more other fossil fuel company.

    Businesses are now scrambling to get onto the “green” bandwagon quoting that carbon dioxide gas is evil as though all of it must be sucked out of the atmosphere. Just about everything and everybody with influence has completely lost the plot.

    • Sheri permalink
      June 25, 2019 1:13 pm

      Atlas Shrugged is the only solution I see, outside of outright war. The insane are running the asylum and it never ends well. Voting is useless and people need to realize this instead of clinging to that sinking ship. Otherwise, they can look forward to a nightmarish future for the kids and the younger generations they claim to care about (though I no longer believe that’s in any way true.)

  6. David permalink
    June 25, 2019 12:17 pm

    The worst are the BBC. They seem to be building themselves up to a frenzy on the subject. I have heard no programme in recent weeks where the phrase Global Warming or Climate Change was not inserted into the script. Any “Deniers” are obviously totally banned and no balanced discussion is ever allowed on the subject. Surely they must be in breach of their Charter requirements.

    • Adrian permalink
      June 25, 2019 1:02 pm

      May I politely enquire if you pay them?

    • HotScot permalink
      June 25, 2019 4:37 pm

      Ever considered that the recent BBC climate hysteria and this event are linked?

  7. June 25, 2019 12:23 pm

    Are the problems in the USA with late planting a warning of things to come?
    From Wikipedia
    The Great Famine of 1315–1317 (occasionally dated 1315–1322) was the first of a series of large-scale crises that struck Europe early in the 14th century. Most of Europe (extending east to Russia and south to Italy) was affected.[1] The famine caused millions of deaths over an extended number of years and marked a clear end to the period of growth and prosperity from the 11th to the 13th centuries.

    The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death, and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis had consequences for the Church, state, European society, and for future calamities to follow in the 14th century.

    This is a useful book – Farming, Famine and Plague The Impact of Climate in Late Medieval England.

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      June 29, 2019 3:56 am

      : problems in the USA with late planting

      The USA is a big place. The rain and late planting is in one part. Other regions are doing just fine. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho have had nice weather. Much hay is grown for export. First cutting was in great shape. Potatoes, wine grapes, and tree fruit are all doing nicely. In October or a bit later, check the harvests. This season will likely show some low reports regionally, but nationally there won’t be much to notice.

  8. Ian Wilson permalink
    June 25, 2019 12:36 pm

    Meanwhile in the real world, away from Westminster hysteria, the solar minimum is defying the alarmist agenda.

    Watts up with That recently featured an excellent paper by scientist Allan MacCrae. It’s thorough and lengthy and includes a prediction he made in 2002 that a cooling trend would establish between 2020 and 2030. He has updated it to 2020 with a high degree of confidence.

    But could he be a year out? Glaciers which had been retreating for several centuries are now advancing in Norway, Iceland, Alaska and the Rockies. Dioramas in Glacier National Park plotting retreat of glaciers and predicting their imminent demise were quietly removed last winter when the glaciers defied the Green Mafia and started growing again.

    • bobn permalink
      June 25, 2019 2:58 pm

      Glaciers also starting to advance in Greenland and New Zealand.

  9. JimW permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:05 pm

    Enough of the MPs are on the gravy train. Others are just scared.
    Most of the City wants this , to create almost risk free investment opportunities back-stopped by the tax payer/utility bill payer.
    The brain-washing is at full steam ahead mode, the politicians believe ( correctly) they can nod this through without fear of backlash.
    As I have said before its going to now require lives to be lost in sufficient quantity from direct effects of power shortages to bring the momentum behind this to stop. Arguments about ‘the science’ or even the fallacy of technology will have little effect.
    If Trump goes next year ( in the balance) there will be nothing to stop this at all.
    All sane people can do is continue to do what you are doing Paul and the guys at similar sites like WUWT, but at the same time plan for the worse and try to find accomodative solutions to a very unpleasant looking ‘new world’.

  10. Robin Guenier permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:06 pm

    Not only was the Paris Agreement not binding but it confirmed the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s exemption of developing countries (the source of 65% of global emissions) from any obligation – legal, moral or political – to reduce their emissions: https://ipccreport.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/cop-21-developing-countries-_-2.pdf.

    In other words, the 2008 CCA comprehensively failed to meet its primary objective – “to increase the chances of a binding international emissions reduction agreement“. Yet without any real debate, our legislators have decided nonetheless to double down on this ineffective and ruinously expensive policy. Utterly depressing.

  11. Sheri permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:15 pm

    I give up on commenting. I’m tired of having them disappear without posting…..

    • June 25, 2019 1:29 pm

      WordPress does that from time to time, bear in mind that they have mostly non-paying customers.

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      June 29, 2019 4:01 am

      Sheri,
      I don’t understand. How is it that I can read your comment?
      Big Grin

  12. Howard Mawer permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:22 pm

    Anyone heard of the Allam Cycle power plant technology? It sounds interesting.
    http://stoppingclimatechange.com/3a_gas_or_oil_allam_cycle_ccs_power_plant.htm

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      June 29, 2019 4:11 am

      pure high pressure liquid CO2 ready for underground disposal
      300 megaWatt full size version.

      It will only be “interesting” when there are 10 of these of 1,000 MW operating and all the CO2 is stored underground.
      Any idea when that might be?

  13. June 25, 2019 1:28 pm

    There is no mention of a review to see if other countries are following suit, which is likely to be the site of the next battle/massacre, pitting the Green Blob Cheats and Liars against a few sceptics, how do you establish that enough countries are not following suit without waiting for a ruinous decade or two with no new proper power stations to replace the ones that will close?

  14. Steve permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:32 pm

    The UK, US, China, and India sit down to play climate change roulette, each with a revolver. Four bullets are placed on the table. Signalling its superior virtue, the UK loads them all into its own revolver.

  15. HotScot permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:35 pm

    Hopefully Nigel Farage will sort this out when Boris inevitably drops the Brexit ball and a general election is called.

  16. Gerry, England permalink
    June 25, 2019 1:43 pm

    In most tinpot undemocratic countries, the dear leaders make sure they spend big on the army and police force otherwise they realise their time at the top will be short. Our tinpot leaders have cut spending on both so when push comes to shove and we rise up to remove them, I guess we can count on the military and police to support us as they will be suffering poverty as well.

  17. Broadlands permalink
    June 25, 2019 2:12 pm

    “The UK Government is targeting net-zero carbon emissions by 2050”

    As they lower CO2 emissions to near zero, part of these emissions will necessarily be added to the current value as they steadily decline. Globally, this might reach over 500 ppm at “sustainable” Net-Zero. This is why the community is urged to make even more radical use of CCS technology to keep that reality from taking place. The problem? Just ONE ppm of CO2 is 7,800 million tons to get rid of…store safely. By 2050? Over 150 thousand million tons a year? When will that reality sink in?

  18. June 25, 2019 2:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.

  19. Don B permalink
    June 25, 2019 2:56 pm

    “Demonstrating the UK’s leadership in tackling climate change – to increase the chances of a binding international emissions reduction agreement that would stabilize concentrations of greenhouse gases at a level that would avoid dangerous climate change ”

    The rapidly growing nations do not care about the Paris Accord, and do not care what the UK does:

  20. Coeur de Lion permalink
    June 25, 2019 3:05 pm

    CRIKEY! fellers, wind is producing 11% of demand right now! Terrific!!

    • Saighdear permalink
      June 25, 2019 4:56 pm

      Huh, Aye – an’ wot happened at 3 o’clock then? Sudden DIP in consumption too? but look at the Running Back-up machinery having to run ALL THE TIME ..Just in case..
      1 horse race – one on either side of the fence. one has Wind for power, and the other Back-up MUST RUN to keep up in case the wind direction changes to Farts. Guess what the Total CARBON emission is….

  21. June 25, 2019 4:27 pm

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  22. Harry Passfield permalink
    June 25, 2019 5:06 pm

    I take it the ‘minister’ for the named dept (BEIS) responsible for this was Perry.
    What would this mate of Monbiot care? I bet he’s wetting himself.

  23. ianprsy permalink
    June 25, 2019 5:55 pm

    Paul ends his piece with: Are our MPs aware of any of this?

    The answer’s YES: https://www.thegwpf.com/lord-lawson-urges-mps-not-to-approve-net-zero/

    Will they take any notice: NO, for reasons made in comments above.

  24. Robert Christopher permalink
    June 25, 2019 6:19 pm

    Here is a presentation of Zharkova’s work on solar cycles, with CO2 absent from the explanation:

    Theresa May couldn’t have timed her actions better! 🙂

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      June 25, 2019 9:01 pm

      Robert: And when the minimum comes – and it will take around 20+ years to establish itself – the climate screamers in need of a Marxist state will claim that everything they’ve advocated has come too fruition and that, if the people do not continue on the path the HEAT will come back to kill ’em all! A win-win for them – with the full support of all the brainwashed children they’ve managed to ‘educate’ in the last twenty years when, strangely enough, there has been no statistical warming.
      I figure I won’t be around in 2050 – unless I’ve had a telegram from King William – but my grandson will be in his midlife by then and I fear he will have had to do serious battle – as in war – with many of these climate cranks. This is all going to end in tears, mark my words.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      June 26, 2019 6:05 pm

      Treasona looks even more stupid now.

  25. saparonia permalink
    June 26, 2019 11:26 am

    Governments are financial institutions and they are going OTT in their hunt for money and this is worldwide. It’s either this travesty or another world war to fund their own security.
    By the time that the general population realise that warming of the planet is total BS it will be too late for them. Governments are not storing food to distribute when the crops fail, as they are starting to now..
    Basically, when the world freezes over, some people will be able to afford warm underground shelters and food, and others will not.

  26. June 26, 2019 12:25 pm

    Alex Cull has a blog post with some excerpts from the “debate” at which this was pushed through under a 90 minute time limit and with no vote, where about 20 MPs turned up.

    https://cliscep.com/2019/06/25/parliament-of-fools/

    There are links there to Hansard. There was one sensible comment, from Graham Stringer, who raised the question of the lack of an impact assessment:

    “Within the Government, there are many different estimates of the impact on jobs and the cost to the Treasury. Why do we not have an impact assessment for this statutory instrument? That would be good regulatory and legislative practice.”

    The reply was that an impact assessment wasn’t needed!

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