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Ed Davey Destroyed Our Energy Security On A Fake Assumption

August 28, 2022
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By Paul Homewood

 

According to Ed Davey, we are not going to need anywhere as much gas as we used to:

 

 

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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/08/27/ed-davey-proud-have-stopped-fracking-despite-energy-crisis/

 

Perhaps he should check what his former green chums are saying at the BEIS, before he makes a fool of himself next time:

 

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https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-and-emissions-projections-net-zero-strategy-baseline-partial-interim-update-december-2021

According to their Net Zero Pathway, which is consistent with Carbon Budgets, we will still be consuming almost as much natural gas in 2035 as we do now.

How this idiot ever found his way into position of power, whereby he could influence future energy policy, is a mystery which will puzzle future generations.

63 Comments
  1. John Buchanan permalink
    August 28, 2022 1:53 pm

    Definition of a politician – “ idiot in a position of power”. Boris in his latest statement post Greek holiday with bloated florid face and yellow mop reminded me of Baron Haarkonen in Frank Herbert’s Dune. 1984 edition is best comparator.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 28, 2022 6:01 pm

      Oh…very good, John. Unfortunately the likes of Davey never understood the value of Spice (shale).

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        August 28, 2022 6:07 pm

        PS: I have all four books of the Trilogy (!!!) Plus the awful movie with Sting.

      • Adam Gallon permalink
        August 29, 2022 8:13 am

        More than 4 books, Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune & Chapterhouse Dune. Then there’s a bunch of prequals & spin offs authored by Brian Herbert (Oldest son) & Kevin J Anderson (Always a telling thing, when it takes two to write what a single person used to.)

  2. August 28, 2022 1:57 pm

    He is put into position precisely because he is a tool.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      August 29, 2022 8:10 am

      Something tells me Ed Davey and the wealthy Liberal Democrat elite – who will remain immune to soaring electricity and gas prices – have observed the falling polling fortunes of the Conservatives and cast a cynical eye on forging a coalition with Starmers Labor party after the next general election … Thats what this is about …Its much the same mentality with the affluent Greens and Labor [ The socialist left faction Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has a multi million dollar property portfolio ] in Australia ….The farmers and the hoi polloi can get stuffed or convert and become dependent on the government

    • StephenP permalink
      August 30, 2022 2:18 pm

      He’s not just a tool, he has instigated more damage to the UK economy than Arthur Scargill ever did.
      At least then we had good coal stocks at the power stations which kept the economy going. Would that we had equivalent stocks of natural gas.

  3. John Palmer permalink
    August 28, 2022 2:00 pm

    He truly deserves his ‘Potato-Ed’ nickname.

    • that man permalink
      August 29, 2022 10:22 am

      Be respectful: it’s Sir Potato Ed.

  4. Roger Crisp permalink
    August 28, 2022 2:00 pm

    I have also recently attended a talk by another former Tory MP, now Lord Deben, and Chair of the Climate Change Committe which advises the government, where he is still making these statements – plus a whole lot more, such as calling recent summer weather evidence of “climate change”. In today’s Sunday Times, Sir James Bevan, former diplomat and “Chief Exec. of the Environment Agency since 2015” also says the same.

    Clearly the “leaders” acros The West, who have caused the various “crises” with poor policy decisions, will not admit to admit to being wrong about anything, and especially not about anthropogenic climate change. Still digging the same hole.

    Incidentally, no mention anywhere in the Sunday Times as far as I could see about the recent World Climate Declaration. Has any mainstream media outlet even mentioned it? I doubt it. Still digging that same hole.

    • George Lawson permalink
      August 28, 2022 3:30 pm

      They are all terrified that their high incomes, based on their lies about man made global warming and green stupidity are at risk as the media and the public are gradually realising that the hoax is being revealed. It’s amazing how their unbelievable stupidity will take precedence over shear common sense when their ill earned salaries are at stake.

    • Richard North permalink
      August 28, 2022 10:22 pm

      They might be digging a hole, but it’s a personally lucrative one especially given their obvious lack of charisma, intellect and talent.

    • bobn permalink
      August 29, 2022 1:48 am

      Whats a World Climate declaration? Never heard of it and it sounds fatuous.

    • September 2, 2022 10:57 pm

      What we are seeing here is institutionalised Cognitive Dissonance In it’s most dangerous form.

  5. GeoffB permalink
    August 28, 2022 2:18 pm

    The Register of Members’ Financial Interests
    As at 23 November 2020
    Previous
    Contents
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    Davey, Ed (Kingston and Surbiton)
    Davey, Ed (Kingston and Surbiton)

    1. Employment and earnings

    Unless otherwise stated, all earnings paid to Energy Destinations Ltd, and will be used to benefit my disabled son.

    Payments received as Chairman of Mongoose Energy, a firm majority-owned by community benefit societies that develops, acquires, builds, finances and manages community-owned renewable energy installations:

    From 1 June 2017 to 31 December 2017, I received £5,000 every three months for an expected quarterly commitment of 24 hours. (Registered 06 July 2017; updated 27 February 2020)

    28 March 2019, received £7,085 for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 March 2019. Hours: 120 hrs. (Registered 02 March 2020)

    Consultant on political issues and policy analysis to Herbert Smith Freehills, Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG. From 1 June 2017 I receive £5,000 a month for an expected monthly commitment of six hours. (Registered 06 July 2017)

    Member of the Advisory Board of Next Energy Capital, a specialist investment and asset manager in the international solar sector. I receive £4,500 every three months for a quarterly commitment of 12 hours. (Registered 06 July 2017)

    Unusual for a party leader to moonlight!!

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 28, 2022 6:13 pm

      It takes a certain amount on cynical chutzpah to say you do it all for your disabled son. It does not, IMHO, make him a better man.

    • tomo permalink
      August 28, 2022 9:00 pm

      “community benefit”?

      mutter….

  6. Chris Phillips permalink
    August 28, 2022 2:20 pm

    And what’s more he still seems to be proud of his record as Energy Secretary. So he continues to be idiotic even when confronted with the catastrophic outcomes of his actions. It’s like a little kid closing eyes and chanting la la la when confronted with the consequences of their actions. Even worse, if a coalition of Labour and LibDems win the next general election we might get him back in government.

    • GeoffB permalink
      August 28, 2022 2:57 pm

      I cannot see the Tories winning the next election, Truss has less than 2 years to fix things. We will then have a Labour/LibDem/Green coalition, now that is something to worry about.

      • Robert Christopher permalink
        August 28, 2022 4:09 pm

        Truss has a bit less than two years to show she is on the right track.

        It’s going to take years, decades even, to fix things. And that is if we have competent people in charge.

      • Cheshire Red permalink
        August 28, 2022 6:12 pm

        There’s only one way the so-called Conservatives can win the next GE outright to maintain a majority.

        Policies.

        They don’t have enough time to turn the current economic catastrophe around, so instead must do two things.

        1. *Implement* a wide range of conservative policies.
        The key is *having those policies in place* so the electorate can see what’s on the table and the direction of travel of her government. Talking about them won’t be enough, as we’ve been lied to by Johnson and before him, May, too often.

        2. Put clear policy water between the Tories and the other parties. This is essential.

        * Scrap / defer / remove legal obligations for Net Zero.
        * Prioritise UK energy independence, on an emergency ‘war-footing’ level.
        * Frack, drill, on and offshore. Do it all, urgently. Now.
        * STOP THE CHANNEL MIGRANTS, by whatever means, including out of the ECHR if required.
        * Resolve the NI protocol.
        * Deliver proper Brexit benefits eg reduced VAT, enterprise zones etc.
        * Bring back grammar schools.
        * Declare war on Woke. No rainbows, raised fists, kneeling, dancing the sodding macarena and all the rest of it.
        * Scrap ALL CRT teaching, everywhere.
        * Reign in the universities. Scrap rubbish degrees. Reduce foreign student numbers.
        * Stop the war against residential landlords.
        * Prioritise affordable homes for the younger generation.
        * Strengthen the military.

        They’ve spent a decade moving the Tories Leftwards to ‘steal’ Labour’s election clothes, the idea being to carry enough floating voters to make it impossible for Labour to win. That’s gone too far and must stop otherwise if there’s little to choose between the two main parties voters will ask ‘why should I reward this shocking government’ (ie they won’t vote Tory) or ‘why should I fear a Labour government’ (ie they will vote Labour)

        They must implement policies that the other loons would rip up, giving voters a clear choice. Make those policies strong enough and they’ll (undeservedly) sneak home, perhaps with a significantly reduced majority as May did.

        The main policies are energy, economy, national border security and (still!) Brexit. Climate change policy will be a serious battleground, as most normal folk are ‘in favour’ of environmental action but not at the ruinous costs they’re facing now. They need to be on the side of the ordinary voter.

        If they do the above they’ll force voters to decide for those policies or for a Labour-led coalition of chaos which would rip them all up, concede another Scottish IndyRef2 and perhaps destroy the UK once and for all.

        It goes without saying I expect them to do nothing worthwhile!

        Sorry for the lengthy post.

      • Tones permalink
        August 28, 2022 10:42 pm

        Cheshire Red, Brilliant! Hit the nail on the head!

      • Matt Dalby permalink
        August 28, 2022 10:49 pm

        If the Conservatives did just half of what you suggested then people could make a genuine choice about the future direction of the country rather than having to choose between slightly different versions of the same basic plan. If Ed Davey wants to fight the next election on an anti fracking pro net zero agenda then the Tories should rise to the challenge by having the opposite policies, or at the very least promise a referendum on net zero with a simple yes/no choice between doing everything possible to reach net zero by 2050 or scrapping all emissions reduction policies.

      • bobn permalink
        August 29, 2022 1:52 am

        Her only hope is more energy.
        thus Frack, frack, frack
        Drill and dig everything everywhere.
        If the fuel starts to flow she may recover the tories from The Boris green demise.

      • August 29, 2022 10:42 am

        What Cheshire Red says is like listening to me. Our next PM MUST do all these things immediately.

  7. August 28, 2022 2:52 pm

    There is no cure for stupid, and he has it is spades. But he has made a lot of money as the result of being stupid. More fools are those who pay him for his idiotic advice

    • George Lawson permalink
      August 28, 2022 3:34 pm

      Let us hope that his revelations will lead to some or all of them giving him the boot.

    • john cheshire permalink
      August 28, 2022 7:13 pm

      I doubt he’s being paid for his advice, it’s more likely it’s for his eagerness to obey orders.

    • Devoncamel permalink
      August 28, 2022 10:13 pm

      I think he’s their useful idiot and vice versa.

  8. Peter S permalink
    August 28, 2022 2:56 pm

    The energy crisis is a consequence of climate change policies but although the MSM discuss the subject endlessly, none makes the connection with climate change. Davey and all the rest of the politicians were convinced that renewables would be low cost and would replace fossil fuels. Many of them obviously still believe that.
    For weeks, high pressure has dominated our weather and wind has contributed a pathetic 1GW while gas has supplied about 16GW and nuclear about 5GW. Germany, with more than enough wind turbines is dependent on gas because her grid cannot perform without it. Germany also demonstrates that her transition to renewables over two decades has tripled the cost of electricity.
    The crunch that is approaching, is that we cannot have electricity without using gas and there is currently a shortage of the stuff. Furthermore, the CCA will stop us using fossil fuels in 2030. Who is going to invest in fossil fuels under such circumstances? The government will have to choose between the CCA and keeping the lights on. But it seems that the MSM and the BBC are determined not to link the cost of electricity or gas with climate policies.

  9. Max Beran permalink
    August 28, 2022 3:20 pm

    The trouble is he might turn out to be right. The way things are going we could be running neck and neck with North Korea in the state of the nation stakes by 2035.

  10. Robert Christopher permalink
    August 28, 2022 4:06 pm

    Nick Clegg must have been so proud of him: and Call Me Dave too!

  11. Paul H permalink
    August 28, 2022 5:21 pm

    The politicos of Davey’s ilk are not stupid. They are evil and agenda driven. They know exactly what they are doing and the consequences thereof. Look at Deben. what an odious little creep the man (?) is. He consciously peddles outright lies to the likes of Davey who then use the information as justification of their policies, knowing the info to be manufactured and wrong. As a result of peddling this info to certain market sectors, they become comfortably rich. So no, they aren’t stupid, they’re conniving evil opportunist con men who cynically drift around in public life, despising us all, whilst at the same time filling their boots.

  12. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 28, 2022 5:24 pm

    The list of culprits is long. If we start at Ed Miliband we’ve had Huhne, Hendry Davey, Amber Rudd, Claire Perry, Andrea Leadsom, Greg Clark, Sharma, Kwarteng… with side appearances from the likes of Zac who started out by getting us to get the Dutch to build Kingsnorth D power station in Rotterdam at the other end of BritNed.

    • Cheshire Red permalink
      August 28, 2022 6:17 pm

      All recent PM’s must be included on the guilty list, so too ‘Baroness’ Bryony Worthington who co-wrote the CC Act with Militwat.

      Maybe we should include Lord Stern who wrote the ‘seminal’ Stern Review 2006, which ‘made the economic case for tackling climate change’. How’s that working out, my Lord?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stern_Review

  13. Ajax Ornis permalink
    August 28, 2022 5:24 pm

    What an Ocean Going Moron.

  14. August 28, 2022 5:32 pm

    If he thinks tremors of 0.5 Richter scale are the limit, why doesn’t he oppose quarrying with explosives (for example)?

    • August 28, 2022 8:19 pm

      Also, why do they allow geothermal drilling?

    • MrGrimNasty permalink
      August 28, 2022 9:27 pm

      Or the piling for offshore windfarms.
      Rampion was strong enough to prevent sleep, rattle shelves, bring down dust, bang windows at times, and cause me severe physical discomfort from the pressure waves for months on end, approx. 10km away.

    • Vernon E permalink
      August 29, 2022 3:04 pm

      The Royal Geophysical Socoiety submitted their report (on shale gas) to the government on 6 July but not a single word of it has been made public. It will, by definition, have addressed the issue of permissable seismic disturbance. It is self obvious that the 0.5 LM imposed on Cuadrilla was nonsense but we know that Cuadrilla raised their test frack to 2.7 (or 2.9 deprending on whose reports you read) LM but the gas still didn’t flow. So what’s it going to be. Anything less than 3.0 is a waste of time but according the wealth of literature from the US shale industry anything above that is well into the danger zone. So who is hiding what? The report was paid for by us – the taxpayers – so let’s know what it says.

      • August 30, 2022 9:25 am

        The US has a shale industry, the UK doesn’t. If the report says it should stay that way, we need to know why.

  15. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 28, 2022 7:42 pm

    O/T…if you value your TV do not watch Country file tonight. A total PPB on behalf of the Green Party!

  16. bill h permalink
    August 28, 2022 8:20 pm

    Basically, he is scum.

    Typical politico.

  17. Ian permalink
    August 28, 2022 8:34 pm

    Because his boss was jailed and under the coalition it was a lib-dem job. Davey was Buggin’s turn next.

  18. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 28, 2022 9:42 pm

    The mean summer CET is going to end up at around 17.3C tops I reckon, joint 4th hottest or lower probably.
    That is more or less the same as 1995, 2003, 2006, 2018 ie a typical hot summer for recent years.
    Of course, despite the meddling with the CET data leaving 1976 0.1C cooler, 1976 is still hottest by a clear margin, and 1826 is still 2nd.
    The whole year mean CET is still headed for no. 1 spot though, through being persistently above the mean mostly. Actual record hot days are in low single digits.

    • Jules permalink
      August 28, 2022 10:37 pm

      I recall from my statistics course some 30 years ago that making predictions from the extreme ends of a bell curve was wrong for a number of reasons. I doubt anyone in 1976 or 1826 was saying “this is a sign of things to come”, they would have had some clue about reversion to the mean.

      • MrGrimNasty permalink
        August 28, 2022 10:49 pm

        I wish I had another 30+ years in me to see what the context of the current cluster of warmer years is, but I’m never going to know.

  19. dennisambler permalink
    August 28, 2022 11:39 pm

    “Davey said that energy bills in the UK had risen because of international gas and oil prices, and said that investing in renewable forms of energy could protect consumers from the volatility and price increases following from international markets.”

    Oh, that was in 2013: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jan/15/ed-davey-companies-decarbonising-target

  20. David A permalink
    August 29, 2022 9:03 am

    ….and then there is Ed Miliband, another one of those who has played a very major part in consigning us to economic suicide and social disaster.

  21. August 29, 2022 9:05 am

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/aug/25/rishi-sunak-covid-lockdown-harms-not-properly-considered
    Rishi Sunak is now saying lockdowns were a mistake
    “Everything I did was seen through the prism of: ‘You’re trying to be difficult, trying to be leader’,” Sunak claimed. “I wasn’t allowed to talk about the trade-off. The script was not to ever acknowledge them.”
    “we shouldn’t have empowered the scientists in the way we did”, Sunak said. “And you have to acknowledge trade-offs from the beginning. If we’d done all of that, we could be in a very different place.”
    Yes quite an expensive mistake. How many billions.
    Liz Truss has joined in with Covid restrictions had gone “too far”.
    Voices that were for some reason silent for two years.
    The Net zero has been just as expensive but over a longer period.
    Love this from the guardian
    “It comes as the right of the Tory party is also increasingly vocal in its calls for the UK to ditch the policy of net zero by 2050. Climate experts fear the attacks falsely linking the policy to energy price rises are undermining UK emissions targets.”
    Yes falsely linking. Obviously closing coal mines and coal and gas powered energy plants and spending billions on wind and solar farms , not exploring or extracting oil and gas has absolutely no linkage to the energy prices.

  22. dennisambler permalink
    August 29, 2022 9:46 am

    February 2020, just before the pandemic was unleashed:
    https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/02/12/nick-bridge-the-anti-capitalist-mole-at-the-foreign-office/

    “Speaking at the ‘Green Alliance‘ think tank’s ‘Countdown to COP’ event yesterday, U.K. Foreign Office Climate Representative Nick Bridge called for “economic and financial transformation”, claiming that climate change is the result of our capitalist economic system. This is despite the ecological disaster zones of non-free market countries…

    After the event, also addressed by Michael Gove and Nicola Sturgeon, where he made the eyebrow raising comments, Bridge claimed:

    “We need to recognise that climate change is the result of an economic system. Solving it involves shifting the whole economic system.””

  23. Nicholas permalink
    August 29, 2022 10:17 am

    Ed Davey. A legend in his own mind.

  24. August 29, 2022 5:40 pm

    Cheshire Red
    I thought I was looking in the mirror there. Top post!

  25. Peter Qualey permalink
    August 29, 2022 11:54 pm

    The seismic limit for fracking is preposterously low (apols but do not have it to hand) cf a large lorry passing by (or lower!) That needs raising for a start.
    Davey leads the only party whose MP’s can ALL travel together to Westminster in the same Mini – his mentality matches his mode of travel

  26. August 30, 2022 1:50 am

    Canada has uranium reserves. Sir Fred Hoyle wrote “Commonsense in Nuclear Energy”. The UK has relatively few mystical morons. There is nothing stopping you from having plentiful energy–but fear itself.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      August 30, 2022 12:22 pm

      What a stupid bizarrely sequenced statement including this ” The UK has relatively few mystical morons “….

      The whimsical .James Lovelock recently died …..There is still Prince Charles and Extinction Rebellion ..

  27. MR PETER SEWARDS permalink
    August 30, 2022 8:51 am

    And he is proud of what he has done? Yet another politician taken in by so called experts, and not making a decision based on a balanced understanding, nor what is best for the country. He is a complete ignorant, imbecile.

  28. Paul H permalink
    August 30, 2022 12:19 pm

    Further to an earlier post on this thread whereby, in essence, I accused the politicos of being clever, opportunistic venal grifters, but not stupid. Maybe I was wrong in the odd instance of stupidity In the case of Davey, he smugly admits to capping the seismic activity of Cuadrilla’s operation, and then takes up some form of employment with what are laughingly called ‘green ‘ companies. Obviously he doesn’t ‘work’ for them as he only attends a few hours per quarter to allow said firms to put his pay through the books. Surely, therefore, there is a conflict of interest with his ministerial decisions being beneficial to the people who now grease his palm?
    How is he allowed to do what he did without some body or other instigating an enquiry?

  29. Dazed and conservative . permalink
    August 30, 2022 7:08 pm

    This vile denigration of a noble and selfless public servant is outrageous . I have it on good authority that Mr. Davey – Sir Ed – intends to campaign at the next general election on the slogan ” Liberal Democrats : making it easier for your granny to die of hypothermia ” , a concept the public can understand , and which will hopefully deliver exactly the result Sir Ed and his colleagues deserve .

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