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Mayor given hybrid car, but council’s 109 other vehicles rely on petrol or diesel

December 5, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Dave Ward



A mayor has been handed a brand new hybrid car – but his council’s 109 other vehicles still rely on petrol or diesel.

West Norfolk mayor Geoff Hipperson receives his new hybrid BMW. Photo: Borough Council of King's Lynn and West NorfolkWest Norfolk mayor Geoff Hipperson receives his new hybrid BMW. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

West Norfolk council mayor Geoff Hipperson received the BMW 5 Series Saloon, which runs on a mix of petrol and electric power, on Wednesday, November 27.

The council hopes it will make more than £5,000 in savings and cut down on emissions.

But it confirmed that its fleet of 109 cars, vans, HGVs and tractors still use either petrol or diesel completely.

A council spokesman said it had trialled electric vehicles in the past but said the weight of the batteries and the distance they could travel before needing to be charged meant they were "ineffective, inefficient and impractical".

He said: "Due to the rural nature and size of this borough there are no suitable electric/hybrid commercial vehicles on the market at the moment that would be fit for purpose.

"We are already using some battery-powered strimmers, which are more environmentally friendly, and are aware that Ford are in the process of developing a Hybrid Connect at the moment and this could be considered in the future."

Mr Hipperson said most of his journeys were short enough to be completed on electric power alone.

The mayor said: "The new car will be much more economical and environmentally friendly and although it is a hybrid, most of the journeys will be short enough to be completed on electric power only."

The council estimates that savings of around £5,500 could be made over the next three years on running and service costs of the new vehicle.

It has taken a three-year lease option with a total cost to the council of £13,000. The council says this is a better option than capital investment in a new vehicle.

The lease will allow the option to switch to the latest electric vehicle technology available in the future.

A council statement said: "The benefits of running this hybrid car include the excellent fuel economy, especially when making short journeys around town, low emissions (less CO2 than a normal vehicle) and it’s quiet when using just electric power." 


The EDP are always good for a laugh when it comes to eco-loonery!

So keen to virtue signal, they have decided to get the mayor a brand new BMW hybrid, while at the same time admitting that electric cars are simply not up to the job for the rest of the fleet. (Though apparently electric strimmers are fine – as long as you have a long enough cable maybe).

As for the economics of the mayor’s new car, the council are being more than a little deceitful. They claim the leasing cost is £13000, but on top of this there is deposit of around £10000.

The simple fact though is that the BMW Series 5 hybrid costs about £9000 more than the conventional petrol version, making the 3-year saving on running costs of £5500 not good value at all for rate payers.

Of course, if the council really wanted to save money and the planet, they could always get the mayor a bicycle!

Panic At The UN

December 4, 2019

By Paul Homewood


h/t Joe Public


I know it’s already had a few reincarnations, but this one is hilarious!



Carbon Dioxide Emissions on Steady Upward Trend

December 4, 2019

By Paul Homewood


Carbon Tracker have calculated some provisional data for global carbon dioxide emissions this year. They show a rise of 0.6%, slightly slower than the last two years, but this is largely due to a slowdown in economic growth.

From Voice of America:



Carbon dioxide emissions rose in 2019 for the third straight year, according to the latest Global Carbon Project estimate, and do not look set to fall before the end of the next decade.

This is more bad news for United Nations negotiators in Madrid to consider as they aim to hammer out rules for implementing the 2015 Paris international agreement on limiting climate change.

This year’s 0.6% growth in CO2 emissions is slower than the previous two years. Steep declines in coal use in the United States and Europe, combined with weaker global economic growth, were behind the slowdown, the report says.

But slowing growth is not enough. A recent United Nations report said emissions must decline by at least 2.7% per year to keep the planet from overheating.

Emissions look likely to continue in the wrong direction for years to come, according to Stanford University Earth scientist Rob Jackson, chair of the Global Carbon Project, the international research consortium that published the findings Tuesday in Earth System Science Data.

"I am, I have to confess, not very optimistic that in a five-to-year timescale, we’ll see a peak in emissions," he said. "I hope I’m wrong. I really hope I’m wrong."


The figure of 2.7% pa relates to the 2C warming target. In reality, empirical data suggests that global temperatures won’t go beyond that level by 2100 anyway, even if emissions do not fall.

But, according to the UN, to keep temperature rise below 1.5C (measured from pre-industrial), emissions would need to be 55% lower than in 2018 by 2030. Clearly a drop of 5.5% a year is pie in the sky, even if emissions stopped increasing now.

EU Climate Leadership in Doubt as Bloc Set to Miss 2030 Goal

December 4, 2019

By Paul Homewood



MADRID — The European Union said Wednesday that it will likely miss its target for reducing greenhouse gases by 2030, dealing a blow to the bloc’s efforts to be a leader in the fight against climate change.

The European Environment Agency said existing measures put the EU on course to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide and other planet-warming pollutants by 30% in the next decade compared with 1990 levels.

Currently, the 28-nation bloc is aiming for a reduction of 40% by 2030, and some leaders have called for this target to be raised to 55%, with a long-term goal of ending virtually all new emissions by 2050.

“Recent trends highlight a slowing down of progress in areas such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, industrial emissions, waste generation, improving energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy,” the agency said in a report. “Looking ahead, the current rate of progress will not be enough to meet 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets.”

As we are rapidly finding out in the UK, it is one thing setting targets for twenty years time, it is another actually achieving them when the time comes.

By then, of course, those who set the targets are long gone.

Both here and in the EU, the low hanging fruit has been picked, albeit at obscene cost. Phasing out of coal power, to be replaced by gas and small amounts of heavily subsidised renewables is not that clever.

But to make the next transition is another story, involving decarbonising heat and transport, dealing with industrial emissions and running power grids with a high proportion of intermittent renewable energy.

None of these can be achieved without radically altering citizens’ lifestyles and standards of living.

The saner nations of Eastern Europe have already worked this out. Now there are signs other are waking up.

Polar Bears Having A Whale Of A Time!

December 4, 2019

By Paul Homewood


[This is intended as a general recap post, so please bear with me (pun unintended!]



The BBC has just broadcast Episode 6 of Sir David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet, focussing this week on North America.

Sadly he has again chosen to grossly mislead viewers about the effect of climate change, this time on polar bears. The false claims are so blatant that the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has submitted a formal complaint to the BBC, accusing their production crew of being “either incredibly incompetent or duplicitous”

Attenborough states in the programme:



The claim that the hunting of belugas from shore is something new does not tally with the facts. A peer reviewed scientific paper, for instance, by Tom Smith and Becky Sjare in 1990 found exactly the same sort of hunting in 1985 on Somerset Island, far to the north of Hudson Bay in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Given that most polar bears live their lives without being filmed does not mean that others have not regularly done the same thing in the past elsewhere in the Arctic.

There are also many other recorded instances of polar bears feeding on beluga, often at catching them at breathing holes in the ice, something which Attenborough himself recorded in his 2008 Blue Planet series.

There are other seriously misleading assertions in the programme:

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David Attenborough Accused Of Misleading Public About Polar Bears, Again

December 2, 2019

By Paul Homewood



The GWPF have submitted a formal complaint to the BBC about the latest Attenborough programme:




In last night’s wildlife TV series Seven Worlds, One Planet David Attenborough and the BBC once again misled the public in a most egregious way.
In the programme, Sir David made false claims, used emotionally manipulative language and blatantly misrepresented several natural biological processes and habitat conditions as the effects of human-caused climate change.


Excerpt from letter of complaint


Contrary to David Attenborough’s claim, summers are not a time of starvation for polar bears. The bears shown hunting beluga whales from the shore of Hudson Bay were neither starving nor desperate: they were already fat and healthy after feeding on young seal in spring.
Contrary to Attenborough’s claim, the behaviour shown of polar bears hunting belugas from shore in summer is not extraordinary, is not confined to this area of the Canadian Arctic and has not ‘only been reported in recent years.’ In fact, similar hunting strategies by polar bears have been reported at least since the 1980s.
Rather than a new behaviour born of climate-change induced desperation, this is a relatively rare but not unheard-of hunting strategy by healthy polar bears.

The GWPF has previously pointed out serious misrepresentations about walruses and climate change in Attenborough’s Our Planet series on Netflix.

GWPF letter of complaint (pdf)

British Yacht Skipper Flew Atlantic To Sail Greta To Madrid

December 2, 2019

By Paul Homewood



These plane thingies come in handy, don’t they Greta!


A British yacht skipper’s flight to the US to help Greta Thunberg sail to Portugal has produced the same amount of carbon emissions the voyage hoped to save.

Nikki Henderson, 26, flew to the US from Britain to sail 48-foot catamaran the La Vagabonde.

The vessel is carrying Miss Thunberg and her father Svante 3,000 miles to Portugal where she will go onto attend the COP 25 climate change talks in Madrid.

The journey was meant to save approximately two or three tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

But Ms Henderson’s flight from Britain to the US likely produced the same amount of emissions the journey hoped to save, countering Ms Thunberg’s mission, The Times reports.

Ms Henderson was a skipper in three ARC Trans Atlantic races. In two of them, she was the youngest competitor.

She also skippered the Caribbean 600 and has raced in three Caribbean seasons.

Ms Henderson tweeted: ‘I decided to help @Sailing_LaVaga and support Greta because she is changing the world – simply by standing up for what she believes is right and staying true to her values.

‘I so admire that, and hope to draw strength from her.’

The 16-year-old climate activist, who became world famous for founding the ‘school strikes for the climate,’ refuses to fly in planes because of the carbon footprint.

The ship, belonging to Australian YouTubers Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, left from Hampton, Virginia, last month.

The couple also have their son Lenny onboard.

It aims to reach Portugal, more than 5,500 kilometers (about 3,500 miles) away. From there Ms Thunberg will make her way to Madrid in Spain for COP 25.

The Australian couple offered to sail Miss Thunberg to Spain after she had issued a plea on social media for help getting back across the Atlantic Ocean, after the summit was moved at the last minute from Santiago in Chile to Madrid due to the protests in the South American country.

Latest Attenborough BS–”Starving Polar Eating Poor Belugas”–Never Happened Before, He Lies

December 1, 2019

By Paul Homewood



h/t AC Osborn

Attenborough is on the march again tonight, with his latest load of BS:


A polar bear bravely leaped into a pod of beluga whales in a desperate bid to avoid starvation.

Sir David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds One Planet episode looks at the animals’ remarkable survival strategy in Hudson Bay, Canada.

Presenter Sir David says the country is ‘warming faster than any other country on earth.’

Warming temperatures are affecting sea ice, something polar bears depend upon for their hunting.

To combat this, one bear was seen waiting poised on rocks above.

It flung itself off and onto a passing whale below before taking the kill back to shore.

Sir David described this feat of perfect timing ‘a remarkable strategy for survival’.

Presenter Sir David explains that Canada is 'warming faster than any other country on earth'

Warming temperatures are melting sea ice, something polar bears depend upon for their hunting

Warming temperatures are melting sea ice, something polar bears depend upon for their hunting

As the footage of the attack is played, Sir David says: ‘One small group of bears has found an ingenious way of surviving the lean summer months.

‘This extraordinary behaviour has only been recorded here, in this remote corner of North America, and only in the last few years.’

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Delingpole: Greta the Teenage Climate Puppet Goes Full Marxist

December 1, 2019

By Paul Homewood

The mask has slipped!



Greta Thunberg the teenage Climate Puppet has gone full Marxist.

In her latest public statement, she says that the ‘climate crisis is not just about the environment’:

That action must be powerful and wide-ranging. After all, the climate crisis is not just about the environment. It is a crisis of human rights, of justice, and of political will. Colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all. Our political leaders can no longer shirk their responsibilities.

To anyone familiar with the workings of the green movement, Greta’s statement will come as no surprise whatsoever.

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Is coal power winning the US-China trade war?

December 1, 2019

By Paul Homewood


This story from last month seems to have gone under the radar. It fits in neatly with my analysis yesterday:



China has signalled that coal power will be a top priority within national energy policy as the government prepares its next Five Year Plan (2021-25).

On 11 October, Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the National Energy Commission in Beijing that emphasised China’s energy security and coal utilisation and downplayed the importance of a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.

Each meeting of the commission, which was established in 2010 and has met only four times, has had a significant impact on policymaking. Chaired by Premier Li and attended by more than 20 chiefs of China’s ministries and bureaus, the commission is the top body for coordinating energy policy.

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