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Ross Clark In The Telegraph and Mail

April 6, 2021

By Paul Homewood



Ross Clark has been busy!




How politically rewarding it must have seemed for Theresa May in one of her final acts as Prime Minister to amend the Climate Change Act giving Britain a legally-binding target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, as opposed to the previous target of an 80 per cent cut.

Back then, in June 2019, Extinction Rebellion had just finished its two-week blockade of Oxford Circus, David Attenborough had rarely been off the telly warning of climate Armageddon, while governments everywhere were busily paying homage to Greta Thunberg.

Only slowly are the costs of reaching that target beginning to sink in. Voters, aligned in principle with climate campaigners, may well have a different view when they realise they could end up paying many thousands of pounds, or even face losing their homes.

The government’s newly-announced target of installing 600,000 heat pumps a year by 2028 is just the latest indication of the massive costs that are going to be dumped on ordinary people. Together with measures to insulate homes better – heat pumps operate at lower water temperatures than ordinary boilers – it will mean extra costs of £18,000 household. One scheme, the Green Homes Grant, was supposed to help low-income homeowners with these costs – but the government abolished it last week, after less than six months in operation.

It is the same with the costs of switching to electric cars. The current government won easy plaudits by pre-announcing a ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2030. But it hasn’t even begun to grapple with the costs of that transformation on the general public.

Electric cars are fine as second cards for people who have off-road parking near their homes and have a second vehicle for longer journeys. But what about people who can’t park near their homes and who will need some sort of charging point at the roadside, or in car parks?

The switch to electric vehicles promises to make life easier for elite motorists, who will enjoy emptier roads, while pricing ordinary drivers off the road. Again, there were grants available to subsidise the purchase of expensive electric vehicles, but they have all been gobbled up by the relatively wealthy early-adopters – and will probably have been phased out before the masses are forced to go electric.

Nor has the government grappled properly with the cost of a zero carbon electricity grid. We keep being told that the cost of putting up wind turbines and solar panels has fallen – yet that is just one part of the equation. The other is coming up with ways of storing massive quantities of electricity to iron out the fluctuations in supply.

As the demand for electricity explodes thanks to electric vehicles and heat pumps, so the cost of solving this problem will grow and grow. As for the costs of decarbonising the steel industry, the cement industry and other high carbon-emitting industries, we can only guess. The technology needed to decarbonise these sectors fully has yet to be developed. In fact, it is just as conceivable that we won’t be able fully to decarbonise these sectors at all, forcing us to import steel and cement at higher prices.

Already, the official costs of reaching net zero are rising faster than the infamous estimates for HS2. In 2019, the Committee on Climate Change put it at £50 billion a year for the next 30 years. Yet the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy already has a higher figure of £70 billion a year.

As a lofty political idea, Net Zero has generated public support in the short term – but it could yet prove a devastating hostage to fortune as the full costs become apparent. 



He has also got this article in the Mail today:



Thirty-one years ago this week, Margaret Thatcher im-posed the poll tax on England, putting huge financial pressure on blameless low-income households.

But the fallout from that policy earthquake could prove modest compared with the hammering the current Government seems determined to inflict on homeowners as part of its zealous commitment to reach ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions by 2050.

Yesterday the Government set itself a target of replacing 600,000 domestic boilers with heat pumps every year by 2028 to help ‘decarbonise’ home heating and reduce Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Homeowners will have to cover the required re-modification costs of up to £18,000 themselves — after ministers scrapped grant schemes.

But shockingly, if you find yourself unable to afford these green-energy improvements, you could be forbidden from selling your home — or even banned from re-mortgaging it, possibly leading to your home being repossessed.

Full story here.

  1. Thomas Carr permalink
    April 6, 2021 11:03 am

    At last reality begins to emerge. Perhaps most instructive has been the sheer idleness of the U.K. politicians to engage with or even understand the issues and then nod through the Climate Change Act. The reaction of the ‘Emergency’ mob will be very interesting.

    • April 6, 2021 11:14 am

      Politicians love virtue signalling. They’ll be out of Government and financially able to pay these swingeing costs, so no problems yah?

  2. David permalink
    April 6, 2021 11:04 am

    I wrote a letter to the Telegraph a couple of weeks ago more or less saying all of this. They did not publish my letter. But?? (and I know I am not the only one)

    Two things. We need a world awakening that CO2 is good and somebody in power who can do simple arithmetic.

    • 2hmp permalink
      April 6, 2021 4:02 pm

      I used to get my letters to the Telegraph published fairly frequently but anything to do with Climate Change causes blindness at the paper. It was so obvious that their correspondents had little or no knowledge of the subject – I have been studying it for over twenty five years – that I wrote to the Editor, Chis Evans, pointing out this problem. He did not reply or even acknowledge my letter.

      • April 6, 2021 4:08 pm

        A classic sign of ignorance, failing to engage with those of opposing views. Very sad.

  3. Jack Broughton permalink
    April 6, 2021 11:29 am

    A reporter with sense explaining the stupidity of our policies with facts. Mr. Clark will have to go.

  4. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 6, 2021 11:33 am

    Clive Best. Specifically, expand the graphic of what’s intended/required!

  5. April 6, 2021 11:40 am

    I have no doubt those who can afford it all, e.g., Blair, Deben, Milliband, May, Thunberg, let alone the deceived public, will not do so.

    Wonder how many of these would recognise that the impossibly costly measures are also useless, for so many reasons

    It’s not zealotry, rather it’s insanity.

  6. cookers52 permalink
    April 6, 2021 11:54 am

    Most new leasehold apartments have direct electric heating,
    How is that going to fit in with this strategy?

  7. April 6, 2021 12:11 pm

    Good for Ross Clark. Some truth is, at last, coming out. It just needs Andrew Neil now to blast it out of the water on television and we could see some more balanced debate.

  8. Vernon E permalink
    April 6, 2021 12:25 pm

    We won’t see balanced debate because our parliamentarians have allowed it to get so embedded that they will see it as “no going back” and perform ostrich imitations.

  9. Jackington permalink
    April 6, 2021 12:44 pm

    This country is in a really scary place right now. Armageddon if we don’t commit to zero carbon; Armageddon if we do.

  10. Colin MacDonald permalink
    April 6, 2021 12:45 pm

    Achieving zero carbon by 2050 is surely a simple matter of shrinking the economy by 3% annually with reference to 2020 levels for the next 30 years. I would suggest allowing a really proper economic depression for 5 years, mass emigration for the following 25years would probably do the trick, a UK population of 5 million living a basic agrarian existence and tourism from China might do it.

  11. Gerry, England permalink
    April 6, 2021 2:10 pm

    As I posted over the weekend – what will the mortgage lenders do with all the repossessed properties that fail the energy rating? They will own a lot of worthless assets that will need a fortune spending on them. Another banking crisis in the making?

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      April 6, 2021 2:58 pm

      The crazy response to covid has shown that the world elite are quite prepared to destroy the economy and the value of money, why do you think they care about our property – in fact if there were an evil master plan for imposing global socialist governance, it would surely include killing off personal property ownership too? Taken/acquired for peanuts and then remodeled into what ever vision of ‘green sustainable living’ they have – how else are entire towns going to be remodeled?

      “You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.” [WEF] (Read that as an order, not a statement!)

      i.e. the Self-appointed global elite will own everything and control your quality of life with the credit allocations that they deem you are fit to receive, which you may then exchange for food, housing rental, etc.

      You make the mistake of thing that they would want to avoid a banking crisis, when that is exactly what they need in order to impose their new economic system.

      • Vernon E permalink
        April 7, 2021 1:52 pm

        Mr Grim: Thereis an evil plan and its well under implementation. Its called the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainability. Our Government is signed up to it. And yes, it includes all the things that you allude to.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        April 7, 2021 6:54 pm

        Yes I know – all the way from Maurice Strong, Club of Rome etc.

  12. StephenP permalink
    April 6, 2021 2:16 pm

    What really gets me is that Ĺord Deben’s large mansion is exempted from the regulations. Surely as chairman of the Climate Change Committee he should be setting a good example to us plebs.

  13. Patsy Lacey permalink
    April 6, 2021 4:27 pm

    Before the Telegraph went woke,they used to run a column by Jeff Howell who was a scientist as well as an authority on various building problems. In 2007 hewrote this about EPCs

  14. Pancho Plail permalink
    April 8, 2021 6:38 pm

    I discovered some weeks ago that there are hidden costs to the green grant. It would only be paid if the dwelling is brought up to current building standards. In my case this would have entailed introducing a number of measures to improve ventilation despite not having had a problem for the 35 years we have lived there.
    For example, an opening window is no longer suitable in a bathroom – an extractor fan is mandated. And all windows will need retrofitting with trickle vents

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      April 8, 2021 8:46 pm

      I think that the other main reason for the non-take-up was that only approved contractors could be used. So, the extra costs that these people could / were encouraged to impose meant that it was possible to do the same job cheaper and still not save any significant costs: people are not so stupid as our London elite think.

      Today the attack is on chelsea tractors.

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