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Conservative “Achievements” On The Environment

August 12, 2019

By Paul Homewood

 

A reader has sent me this latest Conservative Party brochure, bragging off their “achievements” on reducing emissions:

 

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Perhaps a more honest assessment might have mentioned the following points:

 

  • This year Conservative climate policies will cost the country £12.2bn in subsidies for all of this green energy.
  • The £52bn “invested”, which will all have to be paid back, is wasted money as it merely duplicates existing capacity.
  • All of the installed renewable capacity will need to be backed up by proper power stations.
  • While UK emissions have declined by 137 MtCO2 since 2010, China’s have increased by 1291 MtCO2
  • They have committed to net zero emissions without any plan of how to achieve it, and without doing any proper costing, although estimates have already put this at £50bn a year.
  • Far from “growing the economy”, climate policies have been partially responsible for offshoring of industry.
  • Far from “boosting productivity” low productivity has become endemic, something which the obsession with climate can only make worse.

Unfortunately politicians and honesty don’t often go hand in hand!

75 Comments
  1. August 12, 2019 11:34 am

    Reblogged this on Climate- Science.press.

  2. john cooknell permalink
    August 12, 2019 11:42 am

    Labour are worse and the Lib Dems are simply dotty.

    • wheewiz permalink
      August 12, 2019 1:39 pm

      Too true, but both Labour and the LDs would fail. In this instance failure is the best option, IMO..

  3. DevonCamel permalink
    August 12, 2019 11:46 am

    Paul, honest impartial debates about climate and energy policy are nigh on impossible. Our unilateral approach is madness and I cannot see any change unless we experience multiple repeats of the power cuts suffered last week. On a tangent of sorts, any more detail on how much power wind turbines consume?

  4. Joe Public permalink
    August 12, 2019 11:48 am

    “Renewable electricity generation is now at a record high, up 6.1% from 2010”

    They undersell themselves.

    July 2019 DUKES informs

    “Electricity generation from renewable sources increased by 11 per cent between 2017 and 2018, to a record 110 TWh (Table 6.4).”

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/822305/DUKES_2019_MASTER_COPY.pdf

    • August 12, 2019 12:35 pm

      Yes, I was wondering where they got that figure from!

    • Sheri permalink
      August 12, 2019 12:42 pm

      Renewable includes biomass, etc, which are not included in many places outside of England. Even if one is at 20% of production WHEN THE SOURCES ARE AVAILABLE (as in not at night with solar, not on calm days with wind), £52 Billion for such a paltry percentage is frightening. You’re looking at a minimum of another £204 Billion to go full renewable and then there will be long periods with no electricity as the renewables fail to cover 24/7. What a bargain….I want to be the one selling this scheme.

      I guess if the Brits are foolish enough to buy this…..Maybe they undersold it to later brag “it’s better than we thought”?

      • A C Osborn permalink
        August 12, 2019 1:36 pm

        What both you and Paul failed to mention is that they will have to spend it all again in 15-30 years time.
        Whereas conventional Generators it is 40 – 60 years.

        But heck, Wind & Solar Energy is FREE.

        Sheri, you mention that we were stupid enough to vote them in, where Green is concerned there was no choice other than UKIP and the Referendum killed them off as a party.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      August 12, 2019 1:26 pm

      Technically we’ve only had a Tory government since 2015, 2010 to 2015 it was a coalition.

      • It doesn't add up... permalink
        August 12, 2019 10:38 pm

        I don’t think you could describe May as a Tory. Waiting to see about Boris.

  5. Ariane permalink
    August 12, 2019 11:49 am

    The purpose of environmentalist activists in vilifying and fining CO2 emissions has always been to reduce industrial production and prosperity. That the government can imagine climate legislation, the climate change committee and renewables will promote economic growth and prosperity just proves how brainwashed and foolish our parliamentarians are.

    • Sheri permalink
      August 12, 2019 12:43 pm

      Apparently, the people who elect them are no brighter….

      • Paul H permalink
        August 12, 2019 1:36 pm

        You have a point but I err on the side of them trusting and believing the political output. Please bear in mind that the bulk of the population is pre-occupied with scratching a living and sinking into their armchairs after tea with a sigh of relief and just want the relaxation of Corry or whatever. They don’t want to have to put the world to rights, they just trust the politicos are working in their interests, especially after what they hear the BBC& Sky News come out with on a daily basis.

      • Ariane permalink
        August 12, 2019 4:44 pm

        Paul H, I agree with you; our parliamentarians are PAID by us tax payers to lead, to conduct due diligence, to evolve energy policies that increase prosperityand to be honest with voters. But since they and their voters fell for the wicked Green (Friends of the Earth) environmentalist and Club of Rome neo-Malthusian project, and passed the climate legislation with renewables obligations we have got the opposite:- dishonesty, growth of financial interest in subsidized renewables, fuel poverty, reduced economic growth, the closure of power stations (nearly including British Steel), the death of eagles and deforestation – and much else that is dreadful – like virtue signalling,

      • Paul H permalink
        August 12, 2019 10:29 pm

        Thanks for the empathy Ariane

    • Klaus permalink
      August 13, 2019 9:28 am

      Yes, and here in Denmark they are even worse! Completely out of touch with reality!

      • Ariane permalink
        August 13, 2019 10:56 am

        Klaus, great to hear from you in Denmark. The problem with the well-off (like all of our parliamentarians) is that they do not experience and most never have experienced actual deprivation. Thus, their attitude to life and motivations to action can be based purely on ideology – whichever takes their fancy: fascist, communist, imperialistic, environmentalist, whatever.

  6. HotScot permalink
    August 12, 2019 11:56 am

    I swore I would never vote conservative again following Brexit, after a lifetime of doing so.

    Boris and his bunch of thugs are doing the same again, they might get us out of the EU but they will have trousered £1tn of taxpayers money thanks to Theresa Mays deceit.

    The entire country bitching about Boris’ £350m a week, but not a peep about £1tn waved through on a statutory instrument with no debate.

    Collective insanity driven by the Westminster elite in Londonstan we Scots have been warning the whole country about for generations.

    Well folks, this is what it feels like. Only the entire UK is now utterly divorced from Londonstan, and Westmisnter will make policies for the whole country that suit nowhere but Londonstan.

    You should have listened to us!

    • dave permalink
      August 12, 2019 12:26 pm

      You are assuming that “Boris” will try to deliver May’s agenda. It is easy to pay lip service to something, and in fact do nothing. Who knows what the future holds? Unfortunately, perhaps the same as it holds for Australia:

      “Oz! Renewables crash-dummy for the world…”

      • bobn permalink
        August 13, 2019 1:46 am

        Excellent talk by Jo Nova. Do watch

      • Bertie permalink
        August 16, 2019 7:27 am

        Makes a lot of excellent points.

  7. C Lynch permalink
    August 12, 2019 12:06 pm

    I used to think that a protracted cooling spell would unravel this fraud. But now I know that too many people have invested in this charade to ever admit they were wrong – particularly given that the vast majority are Leftists. They’ll just double down and manufacture evidence that the cooling is itself caused by warming and pretend that they predicted this all along.

    • Ariane permalink
      August 12, 2019 12:43 pm

      Now we have to be scared about water shortages and meat eating.

    • Sheri permalink
      August 12, 2019 12:44 pm

      Or hope cooling freezes half the population. Problem solved.

    • Paul H permalink
      August 12, 2019 2:05 pm

      Yesterday (Sunday 11th) my wife and I were stood on the prom in Blackpool watching the Air Show and were well wrapped up and needed to be. It felt more like late October. We gave up at just gone three for respite in Wetherspoons to warm up.

  8. Douglas Brodie permalink
    August 12, 2019 12:34 pm

    It is hard to understand why the establishment is so gloomy about alleged man-made global warming when it should be rejoicing that current global temperatures are almost exactly where they were about 20 years ago and falling rather than rising steadily as climate doomsters have predicted.

    Yet instead of rejoicing, barely any bad weather event occurs anywhere in the world without climate-obsessed politicians, environmental activists and the scaremongering media making hysterical claims without a shred of scientific evidence that it is all due to “climate change”, by which they really mean (irrationally) that it’s all our fault for having started the Industrial Revolution!

    These people want to wallow in pessimism and masochistic remorse. Now our angst-ridden politicians are making fools of themselves by declaring a totally unwarranted “climate emergency” and pushing for mind-bogglingly impossible global emissions cuts within farcically impossible timescales.

    • Broadlands permalink
      August 12, 2019 1:13 pm

      And it is even more mind-boggling that these “green” policy-makers don’t realize that reducing emissions, even to zero, does nothing to lower even one ppm of CO2 already in the atmosphere and still rising. Isn’t that their impossible goal? CO2 down to 350 ppm? That’s geological timescales!

      • Mack permalink
        August 13, 2019 8:36 am

        Ah yes, getting CO2 levels down to the magical 350ppm mark. Back to those halcyon days when there were no floods, droughts, heatwaves, hurricanes & typhoons etc. Oh, wait, a quick perusal of any reputable newspaper or history archive demonstrates that such events were periodically as common, if not more so, when CO2 levels were much lower than today. Ergo, CO2 clearly ain’t the control knob of the earth’s climate system and fiddling with the emissions of a tiny atmospheric trace gas won’t do bugger all to change the weather. Next!

  9. Sheri permalink
    August 12, 2019 12:46 pm

    WordPress is devouring my comments. Sigh.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 12, 2019 1:07 pm

      Bit frustrating isn’t it, the comments appear with seemingly random delays so comments I make appear to ignore or repeat stuff that wasn’t there when posted but now has an earlier posting time.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      August 12, 2019 1:15 pm

      WordPress is still refusing to allow me to use my “proper” email address because I can’t sign in to an account I stopped using months ago. Trying to communicate with that organisation is like trying to talk to a marshmallow!

      On the subject of weather events, JoNova has an interesting piece — ‘Drought Panic Over’

  10. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 12, 2019 1:12 pm

    You could add to the list that they have imposed this massively expensive and important policy without any democratic mandate.

  11. ianprsy permalink
    August 12, 2019 1:16 pm

    Which reminds me, a nearby local authority (you’ll know which one, Paul) has declared a climate emergency. My own authority will do no such thing. They’ll do something much more practical:

    “XXXX Council’s Energy Strategy (2015-25) has an existing commitment to be zero carbon in its operations by 2040. Being zero carbon rather than net zero carbon is a significant positive commitment.”

    I feel so much better now. If only I (or they) knew how they were going to get there.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 12, 2019 6:17 pm

      It’s utterly and completely impossible. Even if they double their spending. What lunatics make that sort of promise? They would have to come off the grid not just for their offices but also for all their vehicle and all their suppliers would have to follow.

  12. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 12, 2019 1:26 pm

    Paul, I can’t think of a better, more concise way of getting the attention of the public – if only you could get this post published in a letter to, the DT or the Times. Mind you, I’d be amazed if they published it.

  13. mikewaite permalink
    August 12, 2019 1:42 pm

    Still getting post that implies that I am a really nasty person for refusing the Govt initiative to install a Smart Meter. Is there anyone who has a Smart meter who was also affected by the recent power outage? Did the meter just stop and then reset itself or was a more complex precedure required? Oddly just a few days before the London blackout we had a similar cut on the outskirts of Manchester. So how resilient are these meters to power cuts if they are going to be more frequent (because of climate change the BBC would probably say).

  14. JimW permalink
    August 12, 2019 1:44 pm

    Unfortunately ‘they’ know all of this. Its not going to stop. ‘They’ want a power system which does not support a growing economy, or indeed the number of people currently in the UK. ‘They’ want to de-industrialise completely, to de-populate. That is ‘their’ aim.
    Follow the money, look at the trillions wrapped up in Carney’s green bonds etc. This is about fuedalism reimposed with ‘them’ being forever in charge of resources and rest of us reduced to new-age serfdom.
    Sci-fi books/films used to written about such futures, I never thought I would still be alive to see it start to come to fruition. Its been many decades in planning.

    • deborah ogrady permalink
      August 12, 2019 3:14 pm

      Well said JimW Sad but True… to depopulate is exactly what’s going on here as has been “the agenda” for quite some time… the UK is finished now a Death Zone for most we live in a gas chamber I am allergic to what they’re spraying from above every minute of the day they spray…blocking the sun day in day out cant remember the last sunrise or sunset… I projectile vomit after breathing the outside air & I struggle on every level with GMO “food” that can now be classed/hidden as “organic” contaminated water etc etc We need to stop relying on self serving politicians who think its a good idea to poison our food air and water and start governing ourselves if we actually want to Live.

  15. August 12, 2019 5:51 pm

    If we had a tax democracy we could each decide on what we want out tax spent on.
    Do we want our individual tax spent on trident , nuclear power , fracking , wind farms , solar and other policies. Paying government supposed debt to the private banks.
    Referendums on if we think switching from gas burning to wood burning in our area or nationally is what we want and all the other decisions on how
    The problem of bias in the media and education swaying choices.
    I amused by those blaming the left or the right.
    This is classic divide and conquer where one side is set against the other. Neither side seeing the puppet masters pulling the strings.

    • Gas Geezer permalink
      August 12, 2019 11:18 pm

      Surely all these decisions should be left to our highly educated and well informed parliamentary representatives….uh or perhaps not.

  16. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 12, 2019 6:14 pm

    To be fair, it is possible to do all that good stuff despite all the emissions reduction stuff. It’s just that we would have had far more of the good stuff if we hadn’t done the dumb stuff.

    So yes, I’m slightly better off. But I could have been much better off.

  17. john cooknell permalink
    August 12, 2019 8:10 pm

    According to Channel 4 who are in Greenland we are all finished as the icecap is melting there.

    Lots of pictures and doomsday stuff. should I be worried?

    • bobn permalink
      August 12, 2019 9:06 pm

      NO. Greenland ice melts a bit in summer but then grows a bit in winter. So you need to factor the whole year of growing ice minus melting to get the final mass balance.
      The surface mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet has been growing in recent years.
      As the SMB has been increasing whilst glacier area has remained fairly stable (some glaciers like the Petermann have grown) in the last few years, it means that the Greenland ice sheet has actually been growing in recent years.
      Note that ice all year in Greenland is a function of our current cool climate.
      The ice cap in Peary Land in northern Greenland was drilled in 1977. The ice core contained distinct refrozen meltwater layers all way down to the bedrock, which indicates that it did not contain ice from the Weichsel glaciation. That is to say that the world’s northernmost ice sheet melted completely away during the Holocene Optimum and was only restored when the climate became colder about 4,500 years ago. It was much warmer when we had lower CO2!

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 12, 2019 10:15 pm

      Compared to the last 10,000 years, Greenland ice is abnormally HIGH presently.

      https://notrickszone.com/2019/08/05/for-nearly-all-of-the-last-10000-years-greenland-ice-sheet-and-glacier-volume-was-smaller-than-today/

      (And other credible studies show that Arctic sea ice has also been lower/zilch for 1000s of years at a time in the last 11k.)

    • Wellers permalink
      August 13, 2019 5:54 am

      Tony Heller has produced this excellent video debunking the absurd claims about Greenland melting made by the news outlets for corrupt science like Channel 4. I subscribe to his talks and they are always worth listening to. Make sure that you hit the LIKE button if you enjoy it.

    • Wellers permalink
      August 13, 2019 5:56 am

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 13, 2019 11:58 am

      DMI have retracted the Summit temperature record too, they don’t think it got above freezing point now – dodgy equipment!

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/08/12/greenlands-record-temperature-denied-the-data-was-wrong/

  18. rah permalink
    August 12, 2019 8:22 pm

    From this Yanks point of view there is nothing much conservative about UK conservatives.

  19. Barbara Elsmore permalink
    August 12, 2019 8:54 pm

    Thought you might be interested in this – ‘Riding on Sunbeams’ seems a very appropriate title.

    https://www.hampshirechronicle.co.uk/news/17827771.vision-solar-powered-trains-outlined-meeting/

    • HotScot permalink
      August 12, 2019 9:21 pm

      Barbara Elsmore

      Thanks, can I have your credit card details as well please?

  20. I_am_not_a_robot permalink
    August 12, 2019 9:52 pm

    Charts at Trading Economics indicate that the UK economy is in long-term decline, a bit like that CO2-starved tree.

  21. Nordisch-geo-climber permalink
    August 12, 2019 10:04 pm

    30 years ago I used to drive the family to Germany, Switzerland, France or Italy for summer holidays. It was often very depressing to get back to 12 degrees in the Lake District in the middle of August and wonder “is summer over?”.
    Well, it is 10 degrees tonight and has been a typical autumnal week.
    No change here.

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 12, 2019 10:52 pm

      It struck me today, as we endured endless rolls of black cloud and torrential showers, how similar the weather was to my Pontins experience the year Elvis died!

  22. August 12, 2019 10:51 pm

    If they do it for popularity then 171 Likes isn’t very many.
    I saw that KTHopkins got 60,000 Likes and 30,000 likes for some of her posts last week

  23. August 12, 2019 10:56 pm

    Dellers wades in…

    Delingpole: Boris Johnson’s Looming Wind Disaster
    Friday’s power cuts, far from being a freak event, are merely a taste of worse to come.

    That’s because brownouts and blackouts aren’t a bug of electricity systems heavily dependent on renewable energy. They’re a feature.

    And it’s not as though wiser heads haven’t been saying this for years.

    More here: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/12/delingpole-boris-johnsons-looming-wind-disaster/

  24. August 12, 2019 11:16 pm

    There are two main Tory party blogs : Conseravtive Home is one
    The establishment people sometimes put out Global Warming posts
    which don’t go well
    70% of commenters call them out
    whilst use the sophisticated argument “If you don’t believe then you are a denier”
    example
    another

    • August 12, 2019 11:18 pm

      typo “whilst the other 30% use the sophisticated argument”

  25. August 12, 2019 11:19 pm

    There is also a Green Toryies org
    I think it is called BrightBlue
    There might be another.

  26. August 12, 2019 11:24 pm

    The Conservative Woman is a better Tory blog
    one thing is you can Like the comments
    Yesterday’s article by Kathy Gyngell
    An expensive taste of the zero-carbon future
    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/an-expensive-taste-of-the-zero-carbon-future/

  27. August 12, 2019 11:40 pm

    This why it is good to follow XR, Greta’s and BBC’s advice and DIVEST out of Britain
    DIVEST not out of only fossil fuels , but all UK business, get your pension out of UK funds and move abroad
    Cos since British politicians and spineless and they all give in to eco-protesters all the time they impose green taxes and rules changes all the time;
    making it impossible for proper business, whilst at the same time feting SUBSIDYmafia businesses, which have habit of falling over
    instead of ever turning into UNSUBSIDISED businesses.

  28. August 12, 2019 11:54 pm

    Channel 5 News just ran a trailer for its Climate Change special tomorrow

  29. Barbara Elsmore permalink
    August 13, 2019 6:17 am

    Can you take out comment with my name and address on it please

    >

  30. Neil Hampshire permalink
    August 13, 2019 8:07 am

    G7 performance in CO2
    Table below shows % CO2 emissions in 2017 compared 1990
    Notice Canada’s poor performance.

    UK 64.4%
    Germany 78.2%
    Italy 83.8%
    France 87.6%
    USA 100.4%
    Japan 114.9%
    Canada 135.4%

    China 276.6%

    • dave permalink
      August 13, 2019 8:47 am

      The last of these countries, China, has twice the population of all the rest put together.

      The decisions of the Chinese Communist Party are the only ones which MATTER for this Global issue. And actions speak louder than words.

      OBVIOUS.

      OBVIOUS!

      OBVIOUS!!.

      There is a tradition in China of the eldest son committing suicide to shame his father into reversing a decision – a sort of ‘virtue signalling!’ China – as an entity – is not likely to feel ashamed, if we commit economic suicide. It’s people will just laugh their socks off.

  31. john cooknell permalink
    August 13, 2019 8:24 am

    Labour and Lib Dem and Scottish Nat don’t quite understand that if you want Wind and Solar you need gas, but they are going to/have banned fracking!

  32. john cooknell permalink
    August 13, 2019 12:02 pm

    I sent this to the labour shadow minister for energy.

    Another thing I find curious about Labours policy stance, is that for intermittent Wind and Solar to work, you need Gas to cover the times when renewables are not available, but your policy is to ban fracking! I really don’t see where you are going, can anyone explain how it works.

    • Ariane permalink
      August 13, 2019 3:06 pm

      John Cooknell, it doesn’t work at the energy production level, but works well at the political power level because Labour passed the Climate Change Act in 2008, Corbyn (unlike his elder brother) is a committed believer in anthropogenic-CO2-causes-global-warming, and these days, Labour needs the votes of Momentum, the fashionistas, the gullible young and as many of the well-off classes as possible..

  33. August 14, 2019 4:43 pm

    I mentioned the GreenTory group called BrightBlue
    They are in Monday’s Times
    with their Shop Your Neighbors for cash emissions Stasi scheme.
    You video them leaving their engines idling outside a school , they get fined £100 and you earn £50 commission

    Doh , I’d simply photoshop a video of JamesNObrain or Diane Abbott idling “their” car and earn some cash.

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