In an exclusive interview
with the Daily Express, Lord Frost insists: “Everyone can see we’re not ready [for net zero].
The [electricity supply] grid is not ready, the costs are too high; all we’re
doing is needlessly causing problems for our own industry.”
Not only that but the poorest are hit hardest by the transformation.
“We are told constantly that net zero 2050 is not only something that must be
done, but it’s also something that’s going to be good for you and is going to
increase economic growth and everyone’s going to be better off,” he says.
“I don’t think that is true. We are replacing a lot of perfectly good ways of
generating electricity with gas and nuclear for bad ways of generating it with
wind and solar, so why would you not expect costs to go up?
“If we’re requiring poor technologies like heat pumps to be installed then
that’s going to hit the poorest worst. If it’s good technology, people will
install it anyway.
“If it’s bad and expensive technology, the Government has got to make people do
Once dubbed the “greatest Frost since the Great Frost of 1709” by Boris
Johnson, the 58-year-old is considered by many Tories to be a leading voice of
common sense and even a potential future party leader.
A former diplomat, civil servant and Minister for State, he will be giving the
annual lecture next week at the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
He strongly believes the Government’s policy of net zero going too fast will
cause considerable damage to the UK economy, making us all poorer, especially
the less well-off.
Lord Frost does not dispute that climate change is happening. Nor is he
repudiating the need for green policies to combat global warming.
“But that’s not the same as saying we’re in climate crisis or emergency, and
it’s not the same as saying the only choice we have is to do net zero by 2050,”
“Those are political choices – they’re not scientific choices. And with all
political choices, you’ve got to weigh up the pros and cons; the costs against
the benefits. And that’s what we’re not doing. You don’t have to deny science
to say we need to look at the way we’re going about this and whether it makes
Lord Frost says what’s especially frustrating about this debate is that many people
assume if you’re sceptical about net zero then you’re not interested in
protecting the environment. “They’re not the same thing at all,” he insists.
“We all want a cleaner environment. That has nothing to do with the net zero
ideology. When this country was first industrialising, the environment was much
more polluted than it is now. What has enabled us to improve the environment is
economic growth; more efficient ways of doing things. When we get richer, we
can spend on clearing up pollution.”
via climate science
May 22, 2023 at 01:57AM