Friday, 7 January 2011
A couple of years ago did you had a leaflet through your door telling you how to reduce your carbon footprint? I have. Whether it was published and distributed by the Scottish Government I can't remember because it was binned within a minute. The usual propaganda of wearing multiple layers of clothing to keep warm instead of turning up my thermostat in temperatures such as it as right now (-7), made me realise I'm very detached from these people who write and/or believe that by carrying out their orders I would be saving the world. If I remember, there was nothing in it to warn those older people who tend to suffer from the cold or the frail who need heat, that they shouldn't take the advice so strongly given. No, lives of those people don't matter in the great scheme of things where the supporters of humans being responsible for the changes in our climate is concerned.
The Scottish Government continue to insist that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world. Nothing to do with nuclear weapons or terrorists for them, it's climate change. They say on their website 'its people and its environment is determined to play its part in rising to the challenge'. I'm not. In fact I'm firmly against paying hidden taxes to fund the scam. Yet I get no choice.
Scottish MSPs have choice though. They're not restrained from using airplanes, taxis and cars to go about their business.
What could you do with £36,000? That would pay the winter heating bills of perhaps 3600 of Scotland's more vulnerable residents.
It is the amount of money the Scottish Government's Climate Change Division spent on flying round the world preaching their message. In fact most of the money was spent on regular flights to and from Edinburgh to London, with a few to Copenhagen and Brussels and even Bali was included. Those concerned squandered even more public money paying 'carbon levy' charges in a bid to offset the emissions generated as they took to the skies.
I've spent some time today trying to identify those who belong to the SG's Climate Change Division but with no success. They seem to be invisible yet produce much information to the media about the need for everyone to reduce their use of energy. Patrick Harvie, the Green MSP, wasn't too pleased. Surely as he is chair of the SG's Climate Change Committee, he should be in constant contact with this other setup the Climate Change Division?
Now there is a suggestion that the UK government purposely kept the Met Office's warning of a cold winter secret because it could affect the UN Climate conference. I don't often believe in conspiracies, but this one has some substance.
The Scottish Government needs to reduce the amount of money promised to climate change and put in into creating jobs. There are thousands of people who would like to work for themselves, and perhaps employ others at a later date, yet there is no help out there for them. Scottish Enterprise isn't interested in the one person business, they want the big boys who require large loans and yet it doesn't matter to then if they are ships in the night.
Windfarms have now proved to be incompetent and excessively expensive. I've no objection to the SG continuing with their quest to find efficient wave power and I think the Scottish topography is sympathetic to hydro in many areas. Let's pursue these ends and do away with the Climate Change Division for starters. They're a joke but one I don't find in the least amusing.