Christopher Booker was on his hobby horse about Britain's energy policy at the weekend. It is a mess.
In 2007 the Scottish government increased their energy policy to 50% of electricity to be drawn from renewables by 2020 with an interim target of 31% by 2011. No mention was made about the source of the investment needed to produce these extraordinary figures, but we know what most of it will be - massive hikes in utility bills. That's the crisis. The consumer is going to have to pay for these targets. People like me will no longer be able to keep their homes warm and will be forced to sell and move to expensive one-bedroomed boxes - so well insulated that fresh air isn't welcome - or try for council accommodation, which doesn't exist. Otherwise they can just slowly fade away with hypothermia. All in the cause of boosting the coffers of the energy companies. I digress.
We also have the Westminster Climate Change Act which commits Britain, uniquely in the world, to cutting its CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, at a cost of up to £18 billion a year or £374 billion in total. According to Booker and other climate change sceptical observers, none of this will have an impact on reducing overall CO2 emissions as we contribute less than 2% to the global total, while China's emissions alone increase by more than that every year.
As one of my readers commented recently (I publish this with his permission):
Is it possible that the fools in parliament who voted for this were mentally incompetent and lacking in any knowledge and judgement of what they were voting on, were advised by cretins who equally were on a religious war and were even more lacking in knowledge of the subject, and therefore the vote and the act should be stricken from the law of the country as being impossible to attain. If a law is impossible, should it not be stricken from the statute?If you haven't read James Delingpole on the subject of climate. It's certainly worth a few minutes of your time. We're not being receptive enough to government brainwashing by all accounts.
How they could pass into law a piece of rubbish about CO2 without a clue as to what was going on, makes one wonder about the rest of the laws of the land.
It does make you wonder doesn't it?