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BEIS Committee’s Fake “Proposals From The Public”

July 18, 2020
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By Paul Homewood

 

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https://committees.parliament.uk/event/1443/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/

 

While I was away, the BEIS Select Committee held an oral evidence meeting for the My BEIS inquiry.

It sounds like a wonderfully democratic idea:

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https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/1837/documents/17997/default/

 

Although responses covered a wide range of topics falling the BEIS remit, the Committee conveniently decided to “predominantly shortlist” energy and climate proposals:

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Now you might think that there would be loads of contributions from companies and consumers worried about how energy price rises would affect them. Or from energy experts, concerned about how the country could manage on useless renewable energy alone.

Or from car manufacturers and motorist lobby groups, who could foresee what a dire effect the policy to ban fossil fuel powered cars would have.

Or from Citizens Advice organisations who knew that most householders simply could not afford to scrap their central heating boilers, and spend more than 10 grand replacing them with utterly impracticable heat pump technology, all in the name of Zero Carbon.

Or on electrical engineers who know that electrification of heating and transport will necessitate a fundamental and unaffordable upgrading of our power distribution network.

Sadly the Select Committee is considering no such criticisms of current government strategy. Instead it has focussed on proposals from a bunch of lobbyists, out to either promote climate alarmism, or profit from it.

Maybe, you would think, Citizens Advice would have consumers’ interests at heart? Sadly no. All they can come up with is this load of gobbledegook:

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Or what about that “Fuel Poverty Strategy” from the NEA? While they acknowledge the immense costs involved, their only concern is that the cost does not fall on poor people. It does not seem to have occurred to them that the money saved by cancelling decarbonisation could actually be usefully spent on relieving poverty instead.

 

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This whole exercise is far from the democratic consultative exercise it is made out to be. Clearly the Select Committee are determined not to allow contributions from anybody opposed to the government’s agenda.

And in the end, no doubt, the “consultation” will be presented as a justification for current policies.

Rather like the Soviets used to do in fact!

10 Comments
  1. JimW permalink
    July 18, 2020 10:24 am

    Yes, its a ‘done deal’. This sort of thing is just to give it a thin veneer of democracy/respectability. As you say, exactly modelled on the soviet method. Communism/Fascism just two sides of the same coin.
    We have seen over the last 24 hours that although there may be noises about some relaxations of national covid edicts they are replaced by ever more draconian locally based powers. Again a thin veneer covering fascism.
    Unfortunately the majority seem to embrace it, which actually was always the fear in WW2.

  2. Rowland P permalink
    July 18, 2020 10:55 am

    “This is incredibly important in ensuring that the poorest households do not bear the brunt of the costs of decarbonisation”. Well that is a clear admission that the latter will be huge yet achieve absolutely nothing as far as the climate goes. Where is the cost-benefit analysis? We now have a totaliTory government!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 18, 2020 12:56 pm

      Exactly. You cannot make the poor richer by making the rich poorer. If the costs of decarbonisation are not to be borne by the poor, the rich will have to bear them and, in order to absorb such a cost, they will reduce their contribution to charities/organisations which support the poor.

  3. Broadlands permalink
    July 18, 2020 2:14 pm

    Net-zero is repeatedly mentioned, as it almost always is. But there appears to be no understanding at all what it stands for and actually means. The NET stands for Negative Emissions Technology. That means taking CO2 out of the atmosphere in huge amounts. CCS technology…carbon capture and storage of billions of tons of it. Completely impossible, as is Zero. Not a lot of people know that? They should. Especially committees who use Net-zero as some reachable goal if we act soon…by 2050?

  4. Ariane permalink
    July 18, 2020 3:56 pm

    Theresa May had that idea before she left as our PM. The Zero Carbon by 2050 just reinforced the Climate Change Committee members’ jobs and reinforced the 2008 and 2009 and 2019 climate legislation passed by the people we elected to the Scottish and UK parliaments. We are getting no more or less than our political system has given us. As long as these parliamentarians are in post and their legislation is on the statute books, the fascist autocratic Deep Green ideology will continue and worsen our lives.

  5. Keith permalink
    July 18, 2020 5:20 pm

    Bearing in mind Boris and his bozos have virtually driven the Country to bankruptcy, where is the money going to come from? There must be a limit to the number of money trees we can grow.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 18, 2020 7:28 pm

      “Where is the money coming from?”
      Probably, China – when they have successfully colonised us. Of course, all those against GB Colonialism 200 years ago will be completely at home with a Chinese one-party state version of democracy.
      So glad I won’t be here to see it…

  6. Douglas Brodie permalink
    July 18, 2020 5:47 pm

    I had the “honour” of being blocked from further correspondence with BEIS last year. It was very reminiscent of being blocked from commenting at the Guardian for not conforming to the establishment’s official climate change narrative.

    Undaunted, I have send them (and other ministers) a further missive to the effect that Net Zero is unjustified, unachievable and unaffordable, kindly hosted online by Ed Hoskins, see https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/fossil-fuel-dependency-shows-net-zero-is-impossible/.

    For ministers who still worry that “something needs to be done” about climate change, who feel daunted by the science of climate change and perhaps glaze over at the mention of greenhouse gases, radiative imbalance and positive feedbacks, I have an easy antidote: refer to my paper https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/uk-temperature-analysis-from-1659-to-2019/.

    This gives a simple breakdown of our very own long-running Central England Temperature series to find no credible evidence of any discernible man-made global warming, ever. It also explains why the weather in pre-industrial times was much more extreme than in today’s benign climate, making a mockery of the intelligence-insulting “climate emergency”.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 18, 2020 7:31 pm

      Why do I get the mental image of lots of MPs sticking fingers in their ears and going, LA-LA-LA-LA

      • John Palmer permalink
        July 19, 2020 10:45 am

        …because that is exactly the situation. If you rock the boat, you’re out, or at the least, won’t get nice little earner jobs on the various committees etc. It’s just self preservation!

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