A chance for David Cameron to end the climate change madness
Published in: Daily Mail
With remarkably prescient timing, more than 100 Tory MPs have written to the Prime Minister demanding that the £400 million-a-year subsidies paid to the onshore wind turbine industry should be ‘dramatically cut’.
The MPs warn that it is unwise to force consumers to pay such subsidies for a form of energy production that they claim is ‘inefficient and intermittent’.
They also worry that the Government’s new planning policy will diminish the chances of local people defeating unpopular onshore wind farm proposals through the planning system.
Their timing is striking because they sent their protest to the Prime Minister last week, only five days before Chris Huhne resigned as Energy and Climate Change Secretary in order to fight the criminal charge laid against him of perverting the course of justice.
Whether or not this was pure coincidence or a shrewd piece of strategic anticipation by these MPs, their initiative was singularly well-timed to take advantage of the precipitate departure of the Cabinet’s principal green zealot.
For under Mr Huhne’s stewardship, Britain has been saddled with the most fanatical deep green energy policy in the world.
Those who have been horrified by this lunacy are pinning their hopes on Mr Huhne’s successor, fellow Lib Dem Ed Davey, who is considered to have his feet much more firmly on the ground.
They have seized upon the fact that Mr Davey has said
he is ‘conscious’ of the impact on households of high energy bills in tough
Their optimism, however, may be premature. For even though Mr Davey belongs to the pro-business, free market wing of his party, he remains a Lib Dem. And his party has ‘climate change radicalism’ running through it like words in a stick of green rock.
Indeed, Mr Davey has also said he is committed to promoting a ‘green economy’.
Moreover, it may be that with Mr Huhne’s departure, the Lib Dems will feel under even greater pressure to prove their radical credentials within the Coalition — and the premature gloating from the Tories may merely goad them into digging in their heels more than ever.
Indeed, the former Lib Dem leader Menzies Campbell has already warned that his party’s credibility with its already truculent activists will be severely damaged if it bows to Tory pressure to downgrade green policies and thus provide further ammunition for the claim that the Lib Dem leadership has ‘sold out’.
In any event, the idea that it is only the Lib Dems who have bought into green ideology is false. After all, David Cameron promoted it as a crucial element of his Tory modernising agenda. Who can forget his absurd stunt hugging huskies in the Arctic Circle, or fixing a wind turbine to his own home in Notting Hill?
Now the Prime Minister faces a rebellion from within his own ranks over wind farms, a revolt which threatens to become his biggest headache since 81 Tory MPs defied him in the Commons vote on holding a referendum over Britain’s future in the European Union.
Despite his own history of green gimmickry, the PM must now use the opportunity of Mr Huhne’s departure to listen to the wind-farm rebels for reasons rather deeper than merely heading off a trying back-bench revolt.
For the wind-farm policy is as disastrous as it is farcical. Not only are these huge turbines an environmental eyesore, they also produce no energy if the wind is not blowing. But even more ludicrously, if the wind blows too hard, they have to be shut down.
So wind power has to be supplemented by gas-fired power stations — which discharge into the atmosphere yet more of the carbon dioxide the turbines are meant to help reduce.
Then there are the added costs. Wind power is three times more expensive than normal-tariff electricity — a burden which is dumped on households which are already struggling under the effects of the recession.
While the electricity companies and landowners who rent out their land for turbines can earn millions of pounds from the policy, it has so far added some £52 per year to the average household electricity bill.
Meanwhile, a Government adviser has calculated that even if 10 per cent of the country were to be covered with wind turbines, they would still generate only one-sixth of the nation’s energy needs. And since such subsidies drain investment away from new conventional power plants, the risk of power cuts grows ever greater.
For Britain will soon face a huge shortfall in its electricity supplies when conventional but ageing power stations, which currently meet nearly 40 per cent of the country’s electricity needs, start to shut down.
And yet the Government has compounded its failure to build more power stations by, so to speak, whistling in the wind.
All this, moreover, in pursuit of a climate change policy which, if implemented, would take Britain back to a kind of pre-industrial peasant economy. For this has committed Britain to cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent of their 1990 level by 2030 and by 80 per cent 20 years later — which, according to the Government’s own estimate, would cost £404 billion to implement.
Already the impact on British industry and jobs has been disastrous, adding a green ‘stealth tax’ of some 20 per cent and rising. And some companies are relocating outside Britain as a result.
With the country on the brink of a double-dip recession, such idiocy is beyond belief.
The explanation lies in the climate change zealotry that has swept up the nations of the developed world into a wholesale retreat from rationality.
For there is no scientific basis whatever for the climate change alarmism that is behind the whole carbon reduction obsession.
The theory of man-made global warming is nothing other than a scam based on dodgy computer modelling, misrepresentation of scientific evidence and outright frauds.
For the past ten years there has been no warming of the climate. It was warmer back in the Middle Ages. Hundreds of climate?related scientists, among them some of the most distinguished in their fields, have been saying for years that the theory is simply nonsensical.
Only recently yet another batch of 16 scientists, including such luminaries as Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Henk Tennekes, former director of the Royal Dutch Meteorological Service, signed a statement that ‘there’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to “decarbonise” the world’s economy’.
Yet British households and industries are being sacrificed on the altar of this false religion.
In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift mocked scientists by inventing a satirical wheeze for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers. If Swift were alive today, he’d be out of a job, for the Coalition’s green policies are simply beyond satire.
Chris Huhne’s enforced departure offers the Prime Minister an opportunity to junk the climate change nonsense that is inflicting such harm on Britain’s fragile economy and relocate his government on Planet Reality.
He could make a start by discarding the ‘Climate Change’ addition made by Gordon Brown to the Department of Energy’s name, which thus built into the very structure of government the egregious and idiotic fallacy that politicians can actually affect climatic behaviour.
Otherwise, it is not just his rebellious MPs who will give his administration a kicking but the British public, for whom the climate change fixation has moved from being a marginal piece of self-indulgence to a positive menace. If Mr Cameron sticks to this folly, he will not be forgiven.