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Boris Rejects Green New Deal

July 1, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

 The BBC/Guardian’s coordinated campaign for a green deal seems to have run up against the buffers, and the Green Blob are spitting feathers!

 

  

From the Guardian:

 

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Boris Johnson is to set out a “new deal” for jobs and infrastructure on Tuesday, painting himself as a “Rooseveltian” prime minister lifting Britain out of the biggest recession in centuries, and a pledge to use the coronavirus crisis to tackle unresolved challenges such as health, education and regional inequalities.

“To that end, we will build build build,” he is expected to say. “Build back better, build back greener, build back faster, and to do that at the pace that this moment requires.

However, his promise to “build back greener” was greeted with dismay by environmental experts, who were concerned that the climate crisis receives scant attention in what the government is revealing so far of its plans.

Most of the spending announcements will focus on the NHS, education and improvements for town centres. There will be £100m for roads and £10m for rail in Manchester, as well as £900m on unspecified “shovel-ready” local growth projects in England.

Tree-planting is set for a boost, with Johnson re-affirming plans to plant more than 75,000 acres a year by 2025, with £40m for local conservation projects creating 3,000 jobs and safeguarding 2,000.

Ed Matthew, of the Climate Coalition, said: “The only thing Rooseveltian about this plan is that it belongs in the fossil fuel age. There is very little announced today which will do anything to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. The prime minister has to back up his rhetoric on a green recovery with action to prioritise green investment. Future generations will not forgive a government that fails to use this opportunity to build a safer climate for us all.”

Tanya Steele, chief executive of conservation group WWF, added: “We are in the midst of a climate and nature crisis, and these lukewarm plans address only part of our nation’s much-needed recovery. The prime minister is out of touch with the scale of the challenges.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/30/environmental-experts-dismayed-by-details-of-johnsons-new-deal

 

I’m sure the general public, who rather outnumber what the Guardian calls “the thousands of people who are participating in the first ever virtual lobby of parliament on the day of this speech, calling for a green recovery”, would much rather see the money spent on the NHS, education and local projects, as the BBC describe:

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This latest booster comes on top of the main National Infrastructure and Construction Procurement Pipeline, announced last month, which amounts to between £29 and £37 billion of procurements to be made this financial year. (Effectively this means contracts placed, rather than money spent).

BEIS show the analysis:

 

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-infrastructure-and-construction-procurement-pipeline-202021

 

The £397 million for Energy projects covers three schemes:

  • Nuclear decommissioning – £174 million
  • A low carbon pilot depot – £10 million
  • Construction of a manufacturing base/installation base on Teeside for the offshore wind market – £214 million

So there is nothing there either to satisfy the greenies’ demand for clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings.

 Neither is there going to be the demanded cut in the £20 billion allocated for transport.

According to the FT, we have Dominic Cummings to blame thank for this!

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Financial Times

 

Well done, Dom!

40 Comments
  1. The Old Bloke permalink
    July 1, 2020 6:58 pm

    “Oh dear, how sad, never mind”

  2. Rosie Langridge permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:00 pm

    So, now Dom can take it a step further and he can clear out the entire Blob. Declare the whole global warming scam to be what it is, 100% scam, and empty the civil service, SAGE, the BBC and all the institutions of all the people who have solemnly been telling us the carbon dioxide will kill us. Would it not be easy enough to remind everyone about that thing called photosynthesis and that we are a carbon-based life-form?

    • July 2, 2020 1:42 pm

      Need to get rid of the Climate Change Act and the CC Committee, then start on the rest.

  3. Athelstan. permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:13 pm

    The real pooh hasn’t begun to hit the fan yet, the openint wave of redundancies hitting the economy might just commence the ripple effect, the banks are going to be hit in the mortgage arrears and blowback, retail banking will be hammered as the real economy founders. I bet by this time next year the print versionof the graun will be a memory and that, the green agemda will be the very last item on even the middle woke classes ‘to do’ list.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      July 2, 2020 7:48 am

      Add in the no, or minimal deal Brexit we’re heading towards & we’ll see what a recession really is.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        July 2, 2020 11:03 am

        Too true and if the pleading letter sent to Boris from business leaders is a sign of their lack of understanding of the situation, there is a big shock coming. Chemicals and pharmaceuticals make up a quarter of our EU exports and will no longer be part of the compliance regimes to continue to export. Simply put, manufacturing will move to the Single Market. Watch Sir Jim of Ineos to see what he does but I think he has already started construction of alternative plants.

        What might not be apparent is that with the UK setting up its own chemicals regime, it might not be worth other countries supplying certain products to the UK due to low volumes and compliance costs making some products unobtainable. Bear in mind that with other countries such as South Korea signing up to REACH it won’t just be in Single Market or EU countries that producers will not supply.

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:34 pm

    There won’t be a shortage of donations to pay the costs of bringing a private prosecution against Cummings then – Brexit and climate denial – they’ll want his head for sure.

    Raab is a naughty boy too according to the loons.

    https://theecologist.org/2018/jul/09/introducing-dominic-raab-new-brexit-secretary-climate-denial-ties

    And this is hilarious hate-figure link-up found on Twitter.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EEHmdO-UYAYNyJj?format=jpg&name=small

    • Rosie Langridge permalink
      July 1, 2020 7:44 pm

      That last link made me LOL Mr Grim! I mean, isn’t it us who are supposed to be ‘Conspiracy Theorists’ ?!

    • jack broughton permalink
      July 2, 2020 11:34 am

      There was me thinking that Raab was just another Tory posh-boy when he actually has his own views. He fails the G&S test of “.always voting at his party’s call and never thinking for himself at all”.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:42 pm

    As I have pointed out before, a Labour (Wilson) government was told that the energy required to produce insulation for homes was greater than he energy saved. There comes a time when you cut your losses and concentrate on new build. As long as it is not new build wind and solar.
    But look out for Boris trying to get Wales back into the UK fold by offering to fund the Swansea tidal lagoon. He worries me – but not half as much as Carrie.

  6. Robert Jones permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:43 pm

    With the recent rowing-back on so-called ‘Climate Change’ from Michael Moore and now Michael Schellenberger, there has to be real hope that Boris (with Dominic Cummings’s arm up the back of his jacket) will see through the nonsense and spend our borrowed money on essentials rather than Green flim-flammery.

  7. Broadlands permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:50 pm

    Do the greens still not understand that they can do very little without carbon energy? They cannot demand lower emissions to zero or Net-zero and still move and transport things that are needed by everyone. Roads and rails, and ‘shovel ready’ with renewables??

    At least one No 10 advisor was skeptical about the 2050 net-zero target. More like that are needed.

  8. cajwbroomhill permalink
    July 1, 2020 7:58 pm

    Thank the Almighty!
    “The Donald” ought to encourage Boris and even David Cameron, who rightly called it
    “Green Crap”, though I myself would use stronger language.

  9. Is it just me? permalink
    July 1, 2020 8:02 pm

    I daily walk an environmental tightrope. I work in an environmental services company, but don’t support Greta Thunberg or Extinction Rebellion. I have days when I think it would be easier to work in the Chinese Communist party and declare ‘khaki & red aren’t really my colours’.
    The facts is we do need to do some environmental things. Urban air and off-shore water pollution levels are unacceptably bad – and they need to be addressed. Housing for the masses is the smallest area per unit in Europe – which impacts quality of life. Access to green space is worse (far worse) than most comparable European countries and our ability to remediate storm and extreme weather event water run off (SuDs) is improving slightly (but we’ve got a LONG way to go).
    Developers make large returns (if they know what they are doing – I’m not talking about the numpties), but this is often because they exploit out-of-date planning laws precided over by people who just don’t seem change-able, or in some cases – even capable in the job.
    Environment is very important – but all the media focus on are the pony-tailed, fist-pumping yellow-vested shouty-pouties who are either just living off bank of mum & dad, or on the dole living from roll-up to roll-up.
    This is all unacceptable and I’m just sitting here – biding my time – waiting for common sense to return. It’s a long wait ……..

    • martinbrumby permalink
      July 1, 2020 9:57 pm

      What a load of nonsense.

      Urban air is far better than it has been ever in my lifetime and probably better than at any time in the last 500 years.

      Off-sure water quality similar. Main thing needed is to ban export of plastic and other waste and to build more energy from waste plants that the gormless GangGreen have always opposed.

      Access to green space? Tell me where this is better for a country of similar population density?

      Planning laws are dreadful and need radical overhaul to make it easier for provide the homes needed – not least because of the genius policy of welcoming in millions whose idea of integration is for British people to integrate with the shithole culture most of them have come from.

      If that means developers make more money and have less stupid restrictions and regulations, (including SuDs and all the other nonsense) then that is excellent.

      About the only thing you get right is the ridiculous Labour policy to increase build density, such that you struggle to get a wheelie bin between houses. Another wonderful GangGreen idea.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 2, 2020 11:14 am

      Taxing land reclaimation schemes is also a stupid idea – sometimes known as landfill where in the UK we dig holes faster than we fill them in. You can probably guess where this came from – begins with an E if you need a hint. The legacy media are never capable of linking articles looking at increased fly tipping with the cause – try disposing of even household waste if you own a van. I am having a new door fitted which includes disposing of the old one. I did consider asking how much that added and then taking care of disposal myself – one way or another.

      By calling it ‘landfill’ it ignores the benefits of reclaiming old workings. At the Goodwood Estate last year we walked in a field where a new store for the Festival of Speed hill climb bales had been set up which freed another area for tree planting. The rest of the field was planted last Autumn. Previously this had been a quarry.

  10. July 1, 2020 8:17 pm

    Calling the high spending, higher taxation plan, Roosveltian, puts it firmly in the left-wing domain along with Democratic demagogue Roosevelt’s failed attempt to pull US out of depression. We have Hitler to thank for that feat.

    With a record budget deficit, much like most Labour budgets, BJ is crowding out the only true wealth creators by govt. overspending and the consequently inevitable higher taxes.

    But full marks to BJ for downplaying the nonsensical slimy green blobs and impossible NetZero ambitions. Now to rid ourselves of the fossil fuel emissions nonsense, shut down renewables to allow us a low-cost FF energy competitive future. Pity he continues with so many subsidies, all of which we have to pay for in any case.

    Boris clearly has no idea how to run a balanced budget by improved efficiency and productivity ? But such ideas do not exist in governments.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      July 2, 2020 7:54 am

      Johnson isn’t downplaying it. He’s probably just forgotten that he promised it.
      We’ve the biggest set of crises since WW2 & the laziest, most incompetent PM in history.

      • Jules permalink
        July 2, 2020 11:57 am

        Get yourself elected Adam, show is how it is done.

  11. johnbillscott permalink
    July 1, 2020 8:25 pm

    I would posit that any sane person will not vote to reduce their standard of living and on knowing the true facts as opposed to the Climate propaganda spouted by the green blob mafia through a woke media. It is especially sordid when publicly funded organizations like the Beeb and the parasitic Quango’s and so called academics are at the forefront of the grand deception.

    We have the 1992 Rio conference which was the genesis of the Climate hoax which is a mere tool to redistribute the wealth of the West while destroying its economies. Then the concept of Socialist World Government under the aegis of the utterly corrupt and undemocratic UN manipulated by the top 1% of the plebeian 1% ultra elite (Davos Globalist’s super rich)

    Then there is Germanic Critical Theory with its destructive ideology – the little Dictator with the moustache could not do better

    We now have Covid, weaponized in Wuhan by the CCP, spreading destruction throughout the Globe

    Added to the list is the Marxist agenda of the BLM beginning with the destruction of Western History and seeding guilt within our population who have been brainwashed by the left wing -now woke academia

    The Extinction Rebels with its nefarious funding are in line to help with the destruction

    The people and the Western political class have to wake up from the sleepwalk to ruin.

    • July 1, 2020 8:35 pm

      Jognbillscott. You were being quite coherent until you said Covid was essentially a Chinese germ warfare weapon.

      • johnbillscott permalink
        July 1, 2020 9:47 pm

        China isolated Wuhan with no travel to any part of China, however, hundreds of flights flew out of Wuhan to all parts of the Globe, hence my conclusion.

    • ianprsy permalink
      July 1, 2020 11:27 pm

      “… on knowing the true facts …” – when’s that going to happen/ Not with the help of the BBC, the Climate Change Committee, the Useful Idiot MPs, the venal gravy train riding MPs, or ditto on the local councils, who can declare a “Climate Emergency” without a trace of dissent?

      • bobn permalink
        July 2, 2020 2:11 am

        Ladies and gentlemen, you need to stand up and stand for local Govt elections. The leftie/greenies all do and so they take control. I am on my parish council so as to stop them wasting money. When our greenie district council declared a climate panic they leant on the parish councils to do likewise. I made sure our council did nothing of the sort and still fight to keep green nonsense out of our parish. The only way to stop the seeping green idiots is to stand up to them in public forums. You must stand for election if we are to stop the rot.

      • Adam Gallon permalink
        July 2, 2020 7:57 am

        Local Councils are given money to declare a “Climate Emergency”.
        It’s just another central government policy.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        July 2, 2020 1:30 pm

        That is the problem with the UK – local government is controlled from Westminster. And with the current situation Parliament is not involved either although with such a lack of talent this may not be such a bad thing. The failure to deal with the virus properly is due to centralisation with the creation of PHE. The virus needs to be dealt with locally – as in Leicester – as each instance is an outbreak. And local teams need to carry out Track Trace Isolate operations with the force of law a public health officer carries but this has been done away with.

        Another area cash comes to councils is in local plans for housing. The more you put in the more cash you get although our local Tories lie about this as they push a 4000 home ‘village’ that includes various other lies about job creation and partnerships with dodgy developers. They lost council control last time as locals ousted them in the affected wards.

    • July 2, 2020 1:54 pm

      Marxist agenda of the BLM…
      https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund

      Over £1 million so far and counting.

  12. July 1, 2020 8:30 pm

    Love how they blame their pet bogeyman Cummings without a shred of evidence!!

  13. Gamecock permalink
    July 2, 2020 2:26 am

    ‘Boris Rejects Green New Deal’

    Today.

    It portends nothing.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 2, 2020 12:57 pm

      Always worth remembering that Boris is an empty headed proven serial liar. Some of the announcements yesterday were repetition of things already put forward which is a now standard government trick to make themselves look good.

  14. Bertie permalink
    July 2, 2020 7:32 am

    That new oxymoron – “a zero carbon economy”

  15. Adam Gallon permalink
    July 2, 2020 7:45 am

    Well, seems like Cummings isn’t a complete cunt.

    • martinbrumby permalink
      July 2, 2020 9:38 am

      Clitoadectomy strikes again?

  16. Ian Cook permalink
    July 2, 2020 10:37 am

    It would be nice to believe that a politician wants to rock the boat and do the right thing for the country and the people, rather than continue to follow the rambling edicts of the anti-capitalist Left. Imagine there’s no lockdown, it’s easy if you try, no turbines or solar too, imagine there’s no subsidy; that would end it now. Imagine the boost to the economy of stopping our pretence in the reality of man made global warming. The extra cash everyone would have when they don’t have to spend so much paying for wind turbines, connecting them to the grid, the electricity they produce, the cost to stop them producing electricity and the subsidy for being A Technology That Fundamentally Doesn’t Work.

  17. Vernon E permalink
    July 2, 2020 10:57 am

    When I saw the PM’s “build, build, build” slogan I knew it was time to send for the men in white coats. Doesn’t he and his entourage remember that all previous attempts to build out of recession have hit the brick wall of skilled labour shortages followed by wages inflation. Its even worse now – most people in the building trades are white and old(ish). I don’t see the young black kids signing up for training as bricklayers, joiners, electricians etc. Maybe the community leaders should address this instead of encouraging rioting. And, by the way, rampant inflation is the worst enemy we face. Also by the way, the much quoted FDR deal set out to provide mainly unskilled labouring work like digging out the hiking trails in the Grand Canyon.

  18. July 2, 2020 12:38 pm

    Draining the swamp is messy business. The swamp does not want to be drained. It requires time and hanging in. Re: President Donald John Trump. The worldwide left in their arrogance has not read his “The Art of the Deal” nor given a listen to his talks to the graduations of the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Liberty University: “Never, ever, ever give up.”

    You are beginning the journey. Again, it is messy. The left will show you their worst, but that will be out in the open for all to see and ponder…..

  19. Steve permalink
    July 3, 2020 6:32 am

    The spending on energy is all about decommissioning nuked and building offshore wind. At the same time World Nuclear Assn reports that a consortium based on the old Windscale nuclear industry, now renamed, is proposing a new nuclear expertise centre the main project being another European Pressurised Reactor of the Hinckley Point type.

    The French EPR at Flamainville has been a disaster, as was the one that was sold to the Finns and Hinckley was the most expensive deal in the world, as chosen by the May team because it was European.

    One of the participants in the consortium is EDF and they are hoping to build another EPR at Sizewell. Is the UK going to be the only country to change from the successful nuke at Sizewell which generates cheap electricity at present to a fleet of the mosr over complicated and expensive nukes in the world?
    Is there something that we don’t know about the EPR? Has EDF found a way to build them which doesn’t involve delay and eye watering cost, already increased at Hinkley Point? Perhaps the report could be featured here.

    • Stuart Brown permalink
      July 3, 2020 10:45 am

      Well, we do know they can be built, and that they work:
      https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Second-EPR-at-China-s-Taishan-site-connected-to-gr
      Taishan1 will have been running for 2 years in a couple of days time.

      We also know Hinckley C will be cheaper than working offshore windfarms, newer ones may be cheaper – we’ll see:
      HPC current CFD 104.48£/MWh
      East Anglia 1, Phase 1 current CFD 139.35£/MWh

      Otherwise, quite agree, it’s a shame we didn’t get on with it and build a few more SNUPPs like Sizewell B at the time, or look round now to choose the most successful recent PWR. Some VVER flavour? APR1400? Or get on with approving the smaller Rolls Royce design that doesn’t involve castings so big no-one can make them properly…

      • Steve permalink
        July 3, 2020 3:30 pm

        Rolls Royce are modernising the controls of the VVER Russian reactor in Finland. If we are worried about buying Russian or Chinese reactors, why not do the same and get electricity at half the price of Hinckley?

  20. jack broughton permalink
    July 4, 2020 12:37 pm

    As Steve says the VVER can be a fraction of the EdF prices. Euan Mearns covered the price of nuclear power in an excellent article a few years ago: the price is almost what you want it to be. However, suggesting Russian supply reminds me of the old song “Say Hush, hush here comes the bogey man”.

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