By Paul Homewood
h/t Philip Bratby
Harrabin brings us news of some of the delights the climate dictatorship have in store for us!
A 10-point plan aimed at putting the UK on track for a zero emissions economy is due to be unveiled by the prime minister in the coming weeks.
Boris Johnson’s previous speeches on climate change have given the impression the problem can largely be solved by technology – a flash of nuclear, a gust of hydrogen, a blast of offshore wind, a dollop of carbon capture and storage.
But a government spokesperson told BBC News we’ll all need to "work together and play our part".
And experts warn the issue’s phenomenally complicated – presenting challenges never seen before.
Tackling climate change, they say, will need action right across society and the economy – with a host of new incentives, laws, rules, bans, appliance standards, taxes and institutional innovations.
Let’s examine a few of the issues…
He then goes on to list:
What he means by this is that electricity is being generated from many small sources now, in contrast to the recent past when the grid was dominated by a handful of large power plants.
To which I would ask – so what?
Harrabin has in mind some super duper system, through which buyers and sellers can be matched together, which apparently will save everybody money. For instance, EV owners will be able to charge up at cheap night time rates and resell power at peak.
He forgets though that someone actually has to pick up the bill at the end of the day, unless he has discovered a magic money-go –round!
None of this deals with the fundamental problem of how an intermittent renewable based system can supply power when it is needed.
Rules for a zero-carbon future
Things like product standards, zero carbon homes and banning petrol and diesel cars.
All of which will cost the public dear.
Financing a Net Zero future
Harrabin’s green chums don’t like the idea that the UK Export Credit Agency underwrites fossil fuel projects abroad, even though this supports British jobs and manufacturing firms, bringing in valuable export revenue. Maybe Harrabin would like to explain this to all of the workers who lose their jobs as a result.
They also want British banks and funds to divest fossil fuel assets, and call for Treasury intervention. In other words, your pension fund will no longer be able to invest where it wants, but will have to obey govt guidelines instead.
All of this is in any event virtue signalling, because other countries like China and Japan will simply step into the gap.
Roads, rails and homes
It starts coming closer to home now. Instead of urgently needed infrastructure projects, Harrabin’s green chums want to spend the money on home insulation instead, despite all the evidence suggesting that this would be a gross waste of money.
So, finally, to us.
Just a reminder that Joe Public will end up losing out.
We will need to do away with gas boilers, spend a fortune insulating our homes, eat less meat and dairy, use our cars a lot less and fly less.
But how far will the prime minister’s 10-point plan spell out that people – as well as technologies – will have to change if we want to stop damaging the climate?
I suspect the answer they get will involve two fingers!
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November 8, 2020 at 11:09AM