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Labour Ditch Climate Plan As Unions Rebel

November 18, 2019

By Paul Homewood

h/t oldbrew


News of a huge climbdown by Labour:


Labour has dropped a radical plan to end the UK’s contributions to climate change by 2030 and will stick to a target of achieving it “well before 2050”.

Activists passed a motion at the party’s conference in September to dramatically speed up the date for net zero carbon emissions – pushing for inclusion in the general election manifesto.

But Barry Gardiner, Labour’s shadow trade secretary, said that 2030 target would apply only to efforts to decarbonise power production.

“What we will be doing is that we will have our power sector 90 per cent powered by renewables by 2030,” he said.

“That is absolutely in line with achieving the overall target that we have set to make sure that, well before 2050, we have achieved the net zero.”

The decision will anger a growing Labour grassroots group, which has announced a campaign to persuade the public to vote for the 2030 target – on the expectation it would be in the manifesto.

The activists believed they had struck an achievable compromise, which spoke of a “path” to net-zero emissions in just 11 years’ time with the support of most trade unions.

However, the key GMB union, which represents workers in the energy sector, remained opposed, fearing rapid timeframe would put jobs in jeopardy.

Many saw the 2030 target as impossible, because it would involve huge intervention to replace fossil fuel power plants and petrol and diesel cars, as well as millions of household gas boilers.

However, Labour’s manifesto is still likely to go far further than the Conservatives’, who have been criticised for setting the 2050 legal commitment without announcing any measures to achieve it.

As well as a dramatic shift to renewable energy, Jeremy Corbyn’s party is expected to eradicate all sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles far quicker than the government’s 2040 date.


So after all of the hot air, all that is basically left is the power sector, with a target to source 90% from renewables by 2030 (by which they presumably mean “low carbon”, given that nuclear will still be used.

Good luck with that! But the electricity sector only accounts for about a tenth of UK emissions, so that will hardly save the planet.

Mrs Merton will be disappointed!



As for the phase out of petrol and diesel cars, it is hard to tell the difference between Labour and Tory policies. Talk of stopping sales by 2040 is just that – talk. Actually doing something about it will, it appears, be left to someone else a long time in the future.

Dinosaurs they may be, but Len McCluskey and his union brethren do know about the real world. It is a pity most of our politicians don’t.

  1. November 18, 2019 4:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  2. Dave Ward permalink
    November 18, 2019 5:52 pm

    “As for the phase out of petrol and diesel cars”

    I was watching a repeat of a 3 part TV series about our new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth & Prince of Wales. Both are powered by a combination of gas turbine and diesel engines. The outgoing captain was saying how they will be in service for another 50 years. Shurely Shome Misteak? Why weren’t they specified as nuclear powered, or are we to assume that TPTB know things they aren’t telling?

    • Roy Andrews permalink
      November 18, 2019 6:38 pm

      Here’s a good article giving the explanations you’re after:

      • Steve permalink
        November 18, 2019 6:45 pm

        Another reason is that they’re sitting ducks and if they sank it would be bad news for the recovery.

      • Dave Ward permalink
        November 18, 2019 10:07 pm

        Thanks, Roy – very interesting. Still seems a little odd that TPTB talk about eliminating conventional fuels for the rest of us, yet expect them to still be available for military purposes…

    • Joe Public permalink
      November 18, 2019 9:06 pm


      “The outgoing captain was saying how they will be in service for another 50 years.”

      It won’t be long before every operative in our armed forces will personally have to complete an “Environmental Impact Assessment Report” before any ship, plane or vehicle will be permitted to move, and any weapon be fired.

      Medals won’t be awarded for bravery, but for energy conservation.

      A new combat-support group will be formed – The Royal Corps of Virtue-Signallers

      • Athelstan. permalink
        November 19, 2019 9:13 am

        the MoD and RN is now to a very large extent, run by the gals and shipping, should I say sinking in, an ocean of politically correctness.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      November 19, 2019 4:25 pm

      80 metres per gallon at top speed, double that at cruise. Makes my 6 litre V8 look abstemious. 😇

  3. Broadlands permalink
    November 18, 2019 6:35 pm

    “Many saw the 2030 target as impossible, because it would involve huge intervention to replace fossil fuel power plants and petrol and diesel cars, as well as millions of household gas boilers.”

    More than a huge intervention! All sources of fuels for global transportation would have to be rationed or severely taxed to be made completely unavailable. It’s a long trip across oceans without battery charging stations. Net-zero is an unattainable ideal, especially by 2030 or 2050.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      November 19, 2019 10:39 am

      They’ve obviously not looked at our current power requirements & generation sources. On this cold & still morning, more power from coal than wind. Nearly 2/3rds of our power coming from fossil fuels.

  4. Steve permalink
    November 18, 2019 6:50 pm

    The current plan is to phase out nuclear with only Hinckley and Sizewell left for a while. They are aping Germany, except the Grunloonen are keeping coal.

  5. November 18, 2019 7:54 pm

    Is there a Labour Party rule that MPs must have a double digit IQ?

    • bobn permalink
      November 19, 2019 2:13 am

      No. Labour MPs have single digit IQs. Double digit gets you into theTories, Triples dont become MPs but actually find real work and become useful to society.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        November 19, 2019 1:45 pm

        But they will have a degree… Political science (as if such a thing can exist) or the favourite PPE where there seems to have been no E studied.

  6. November 18, 2019 9:15 pm

    So, politicians can learn. As soon as they suspect that they might lose the next election because of their stupid plans, they will switch to other stupid plans or to nothingness. People start to hurt significantly because of all the cost the climate hoax puts on them. As long as it could be concealed, people did not ook. But now they feel the hit and they look for a culprit for their pains and pretty quickly they stumble upon the one thing that makes everything unbearably expensive. The climate Scam and its offshoots. And now, they ask questions, probe and find all the inconsistencies and they are pissed. People will swallow almost anything as long as they have a feeling that personally, they can wiggle out. When they can’t, things change.

  7. Alam permalink
    November 18, 2019 10:02 pm

    The solution is simple, ban coal, oil and gas for heating and electricity generation. The rising cost of keeping warm will allow the nstural cold to kill off all the oldies who vote conservative and gum up the NHS.
    Solve climate and health in one move.

  8. November 19, 2019 11:07 am

    The joke of course is that none of these politicians will be in power when their so-called promises about dates for stopping [insert climate slogan here] are due to take effect.

  9. Gerry, England permalink
    November 19, 2019 1:47 pm

    I might be wrong but isn’t all electricity 100% renewable already as that is what all the suppliers are saying? Don’t tell me they are fibbing…..

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