They really are being cretins here:
The UK is to put in place the most ambitious targets on greenhouse gases of any developed country, by halving carbon dioxide emissions by 2025, after a tumultuous week of cabinet rifts on the issue.
Agreeing the targets took weeks of wrangling among ministers, but late on Tuesday afternoon the energy and climate secretary, Chris Huhne, announced to parliament that the “carbon budget” – a 50% emissions cut averaged across the years 2023 to 2027, compared with 1990 levels – would be enshrined in law.
How lovely, politicians are going to pass a law.
Hasn’t anyone pointed out to them the point of the Canute story? You can declare, demand, pose and posture all you like but reality will out despite the protestations of politicians.
And this is worse:
Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s climate change chief, hailed the outcome as “very encouraging” and “an example” to other countries, which she said showed that countries could pursue economic growth while cutting emissions.
No it bloody doesn’t. It shows that politicians will claim to be able to cut emissions and pursue economic growth at the same time. we rather need to wait until 2027 to find out whether it is in fact possible.
And where did this foetid dewlap come from?
David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, the government advisory body that proposed the target, said: “This is going to deliver higher [economic] growth for the UK. It could well give us lower electricity prices in the future than our competitors.”
We’re going to divert £200 billion or more of capital into inefficient and expensive energy generation and this is going to give us both more economic growth than doing something more useful with it and lower energy prices by making energy cost more?
As you all know, I’m generally on side over this climate change thing. It’s happening, we’re causing it and something must be done. but what they’re actually doing is so cockamammie stupid that I’m seriously tempted to say that the cure is worse than the disease.
Look, do what M’Lord Stern said to do. Whack on a carbon tax equal to the externalities caused by emissions and then leave it alone. We’re done, sorted. And get those bloody politicians out of trying to plan this crap. For what we’re getting is not a solution at all, we’re getting the imposition of the desires of a near religious minority.