Possible objectives of our UK Green Energy policies:
- Reduce our CO2 emissions overall
- Reduce traffic emissions in city areas
- Show the world that our Green policies work, thus giving them a lead to encourage them to adopt the same policies and thus reduce overall global emissions
- Reduce our energy costs
- Reduce pollution
Bearing in mind that UK CO2 emissions are a tiny fraction of global emissions, if we can't show other countries that our green policies are successful in
(a) keeping us and our economy powered
(b) reducing our CO2 emissions
then these other countries will see no incentive to follow our lead, and the "net zero" effect will be in relation to the success of these policies globally rather than in reducing emissions of CO2 in the global atmosphere.
Of course, governments inherently being convinced of their own infallibility, turning their established policy direction is several orders of magnitude more difficult than turning the proverbial supertanker, and usually involves the testing of those said policies to utter destruction before the turning can be commenced, but we are where we are.
Foremost among the "climate deniers"/truth-tellers on UK climate policy is Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, whose offshoot Net Zero Watch does much to keep us informed.
Here is Dr Peiser testifying to the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works - eight years ago! That what he said then is still absolutely relevant today speaks volumes.
" ... European governments have advanced the most expensive forms of energy at the expense of the least expensive forms of energy"
"Even though Europe has managed to reduce CO2 emissions domestically, this has only happened because it has shifted energy intensive industries and their emissions overseas to nations where there are no similar emission limits, where energy and labour is cheap and which are now growing much faster than the EU"
"This winter millions of poor families will have to choose between heating and eating and many can no longer afford to pay so the utilities are cutting off their power"
Quite so. Read more.
The very fact that after all these years Europe is no nearer functioning without fossil fuel tells us how far removed from success these "green" policies are.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
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“The battle to feed all of humanity is over ... In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now ... the oceans would be without life by 1979 ... the United States would see its population plummet to 23 million by 1999 due to pesticides ... the death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years ... "