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How Cameron, Clegg & Miliband Stitched Us Up In 2015

September 25, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

We often lose sight of the fact of how the decarbonisation agenda  is now so firmly embedded in British politics.

But, as Carbon Brief revealed,the electorate was done up like a kipper six years ago:

 

 

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Over the weekend, the UK’s three main political leaders pledged to tackle climate change after the next election, whatever the outcome.

The Conservative’s David Cameron, Labour’s Ed Miliband and the Liberal Democrat’s Nick Clegg agreed to work towards a legally-binding global climate deal, to agree new UK emissions-cutting goals and to phase out unabated coal-fired power.

Carbon Brief assesses the significance of the unusual joint pre-election pledge.

Cross-party pledge

There are three parts to the  party leaders’ pledge, published on Saturday after months of behind-the-scenes negotiations brokered by NGOs, including Green Alliance, Christian Aid and the Women’s Institute.

The leaders agree:

  • To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below two degrees.

  • To work together, across party lines, to agree carbon budgets, in accordance with the Climate Change Act.

  • To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low-carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation.

https://www.carbonbrief.org/how-significant-is-the-uk-party-leaders-joint-climate-pledge

Whichever party or leader is in power, we would still be following the same suicidal policies.

21 Comments
  1. Broadlands permalink
    September 25, 2021 2:25 pm

    It is interesting that with all of the many experts lined up with Carbon Brief, there is no mention of carbon dioxide nor of Net-zero negative emissions, or the answers to the man-made “crisis”. It is all about pledges and not about solutions. What and where are the numbers for these carbon budgets? Amounts of CO2 in tons, and costs per ton removed. There is nobody on the “team” capable of addressing Net-zero goals or carbon removal.

  2. It doesn't add up... permalink
    September 25, 2021 2:45 pm

    The PM has just announced at the UN yet another target for emissions reductions. Noting that we had already achieved a 44% reduction since 1990, he pledged, having apparently consulted noone but his wife, and certainly not Parliament, to reduce them to achieve a 68% reduction by 2030. So we are supposed to go from 56% of 1990 emissions to 32% of 1990 emissions in just 8 years. That is a reduction of 3/7ths, or 42.8%.

    That means factories must close. Our homes must be denied gas and power unless it is windy. The economy must collapse as we no longer can afford energy to make exports, and we can’t afford to pay for imports. Boris is trying to boil Kermit and slaughter Miss Piggy – not of course forgetting Ermintrude, sacrificed to prevent methane emissions.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      September 25, 2021 8:46 pm

      I find it astonishing that none of the media seem to have picked up on this at all.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        September 26, 2021 10:13 am

        Not really, they are no longer competent and as this country slowly collapses over this decade the legacy media are just as culpable as the politicians.

      • DavidMC permalink
        September 29, 2021 12:25 am

        the collapse will not be slow: takes a long time to build a society – i think you can flatten it all in 2 months

    • Jordan permalink
      September 25, 2021 9:57 pm

      “Shopping trolley” goes wherever he is pushed. The next shove for BoJo should be into the river.

  3. Douglas Dragonfly permalink
    September 25, 2021 3:08 pm

    These three need to be made to clean public laboratories with toothbrushes for what they’ve done to this country.

  4. Robert Jones permalink
    September 25, 2021 3:17 pm

    This bears all the hallmarks of a very flimsy proposal cooked up to stop any one party gaining a political edge over the solving of a non-existent problem. Apart from Greta (the Doom Goblin) Thunberg there can’t be any sensible individuals who can possibly see any great ‘leap forward’ emerging as an outcome from this muddled project. The Emperor still hasn’t got any clothes! (Who invited the Women’s Institute to join?)

  5. John Cullen permalink
    September 25, 2021 3:18 pm

    SUICIDAL POLICIES.
    Paul, unfortunately you are completely correct since the current generation of renewables is:-
    a) Monstrously expensive as prof. Gordon Hughes (Edinburgh Uni.) has shown through his forensic analysis of hundreds of wind farm accounts. Hughes estimates that, by 2030 (?), electricity prices need to rise by a factor of 3 or 4 before wind farms, especially those off-shore, become economic.
    b) Hugely wasteful of resources as prof. Mike Kelly (Cambridge Uni.) has shown through analysis of their return on energy invested (EROI), especially when the back-up systems required to combat the current renewables’ inherent unreliability (or non-dispatchability) are accounted for.

    None of the above should really be a surprise to anybody with a background in engineering. However, Western politicians and their media allies have chosen to look the other way and listened to the PR men and women fronting the renewable energy lobby. Perhaps this is one of the results of the distancing of politicians from their electorates as noted by both Colin Crouch in his book “Post-Democracy” and Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin in their book “National Populism – the Revolt Against Liberal Democracy”. The books “A Quiet Word – Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain” by Tamsin Cave & Andy Rowell, and “How Fascism Works – the politics of us and them” by Jason Stanley are also informative.

    For indicating a way out of the current imbroglio, the book “The Carbon Crunch” by prof. Dieter Helm (Oxford Uni.) is useful but probably not definitive. Helm recommends a Plan B because current policies are failing, except in as much as they give politicians an opportunity to grandstand, albeit at huge cost to their electorates – “virtue signalling” or making misery?

    The West needs politicians that can bring these threads together to make a coherent, affordable energy policy that uses scarce resources wisely. The knee-jerk reactions of our current politicians suggest that they are firmly under the ideological thumb of the current renewables’ PR teams.

    Regards,
    John.

  6. wiggia permalink
    September 25, 2021 3:25 pm

    John Cullen, it is in b) that a point is made that is never discussed for obvious reasons, the fact that if you go the green route with so called renewables, you have to have permanent back up on stand by for the days the wind doesn’t blow or blow enough and the sun doesn’t shine, what is the real cost of having to have two parallel systems running in order to cover the inadequacies of the green one, in any other area this would be the economics of the mad house, yet for obvious reasons it is never mentioned.

  7. Cheshire Red permalink
    September 25, 2021 4:24 pm

    Some time ago the Prince of darkness, aka Peter Mandelson, remarked about how we were entering the ‘post-democratic age’. Clearly he knew what he was talking about, being in Blair’s inner circle. As we see now, he was dead right.

    My view is the globalist WEF / Davos / UN cabal have decided that individual countries muddling along from one recession to the next war on the back of non-stop population, economic and consumer expansion isn’t a viable long-term business model for humanity.

    The early stages of The Great Reset are here.

    Hence they’ve taken action to integrate influential global, mostly Western leaders in EU, USA, Aus’, NZ, Canada and so on. This is done with the usual ‘club membership’ model, where the benefits of being in the club far exceed those of being outside. Money and influence talks, and the West has been pulled together as we’re seeing now.

    The West’s natural enemies in China, Asia and Russia are proving harder to sort out, but can be appeased by economic advantage being gifted to them, which is happening.

    Macron and Leo Varadkar came from nowhere. Italy has had 2 EU presidents imposed, Greece has been ruined. Brexit was the unexpected fly in the ointment while the huge outlier of Donald J Trump – who would most certainly have railed against all of this, was outright blocked from retaining Office.

    Hence Western nations are now all Left-wing, all speak of Building Back better and all share the ridiculous Net Zero aspiration. Migration and open borders are a human right thanks to the Barcelona Declaration.

    Sane objections to these insane laws and policies are, incredibly, getting absolutely nowhere. They’re being ignored because all those who hold power are in on the Reset.

    Merkel ruined Germany 5 years ago, with NO mandate whatsoever.

    UK politico’s flat-out refuse to apply UK immigration law, while importing 300k pa for 20 years through ‘legitimate’ routes. Nobody voted for that!

    Biden has transformed the US border from a trickle to a flood; exactly the opposite of what should be seen as desirable.

    Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    These nations appear to be self-sacrificing their own economies by willfully ceding economic advantage to the East via high carbon penalties for the West but none for the East. It’s very hard to believe but do your lying eyes deceive you?

    Climate policy is nothing more than the UN’s chosen vehicle for policy delivery, in particular policies which under normal circumstances would be seen as so stark-staring bonkers they wouldn’t see the light of day.

    Fear is a strong motivator, though. Hence the world’s population has been scared witless by AGW and is now meekly compliant following the Covid Plandemic. ‘Sorry guys, the only safe option is a global vaccination programme’.

    We should all be grateful we don’t have to take the needle while bent over.

    The only explanation I can come up with is they’re ‘levelling up’ on a global basis for the long-term, which requires a willing group of leaders to simultaneously adopt one set of policies, even though may damage their own nations in the short-term. Their reward is huge UN-orientated influence long after they leave democratic Office, ensuring their own personal status and wealth is all-but guaranteed along the way.

    Let’s be honest, they’re ALL multi-millionaires. The 3 Amigos above are. Ex-leaders seem to do ok. Obama lives in a $15M sea-front mansion, Theresa May was paid $2M for a series of ‘free to attend’ speeches. (Who pays her that for speeches priced at $0?) Cameron is wealthy. Clegg is at pro-globalist and influential Facebook on $millions pa. There’s a trend. Nice work if you can get it.

    This Great Reset is really happening and it’s happening right now. It’s THE biggest and most audacious power-grab of all time.

  8. Harry Passfield permalink
    September 25, 2021 4:35 pm

    The first four words of para one invalidated everything that followed: “To seek a fair…..”
    There is nothing fair in dictatorial policies which remove the public’s freedom of choice.

  9. September 25, 2021 4:43 pm

    Ignorant thoughtless, stupid idiots the lot.

  10. Robin Guenier permalink
    September 25, 2021 8:15 pm

    This pledge was published over six years ago. Since then it’s been almost wholly undermined:

    1. Re the then forthcoming Paris climate agreement the pledge states: ‘It is vital that this agreement is a success’. The fact that the agreement was a success for developing countries – it confirmed their exemption from any obligation to cut their emissions – was hardly what the signatories had in mind.

    2. The first pledge was: ‘To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2ºC.’ As noted above, that ambition failed utterly in Paris in 2015. And there’s not the remotest chance of it being achieved in Glasgow in November.

    Perhaps, given energy crisis, these total failures might persuade at least some of our ‘leaders’ to abandon such anti-democratic behaviour and to start acting in the interests of voters.

  11. charles wardrop permalink
    September 25, 2021 9:46 pm

    The right, logical energy policy is to discard all the green cr@p and resume traditional energy generation methods while developing better ones and ignoring the greenhouse gases as irrelevant to the UK and almost certainly the world.
    The objectives are cheaper, safer and reliable power, putting fads aside, whatever the green jokers want.

  12. J Smith permalink
    September 25, 2021 10:50 pm

    It was the Climate Change Act 2008 that was the real problem. Many MP’s now admit they had no idea what the consequences would be of that hapless Act.
    They voted for the optics and politics
    This one Act has been a tragedy for ordinary people.

  13. Julian Flood permalink
    September 26, 2021 6:32 am

    “To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low-carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation.”

    The first word of that pledge is “competitive”. They/we are failing in that, the most important part of the transition to a low CO2* economy. Why does the MSM not notice that fact?

    JF
    *sic

  14. Gerry, England permalink
    September 26, 2021 10:17 am

    If we take Lord Sleaze at his word that we are ‘post-democracy’ – not that we are a functioning democracy – then we need to stop bothering to vote and take up arms. After all war is the pursuit of politics by other means.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      September 26, 2021 1:10 pm

      It just might happen in the USA if the massive cheating we saw in the main elections is carried out in the mid-term elections next year. With an enormous number of guns in the hands of civilians, and the KNOWLEDGE that one’s vote is meaningless, I don’t want to wager against a second Revolution in the USA! After all, they probably still remember how to do it!
      OK – with the lack of teaching of history in the States, the number that understand what the original Revolution was all about may be diminished, but who knows?

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