…in the water.
Huhne, no longer able to cling to power like the proverbial turd to a blanket, has finally resigned after being charged with perverting the course of justice. Now comes the circling of the climate change wagons. Neil O’Brien, Director of Policy Exchange writes in the Daily Telegraph:
The next climate change minister must learn from Chris Huhne’s successes and failures
There were successes? Well I suppose the Titanic was deemed a success right up until the moment it hit an iceberg and sank.
Never has a Lib Dem away-day received so much media attention.
Yeah, a cabinet minister charged with perverting the course of justice tends to raise eyebrows and elevate the media to fever-pitch.
Rolling news cameras are currently showing absolutely fascinating footage of… a door somewhere in Eastbourne. It doesn’t seem to be opening or closing very much, but presumably behind it Chris Huhne’s political career is being weighed in the balance…
The words sink, lead and duck spring joyfully to mind.
I feel terrible for his clever and nice ex-wife. But his successor has a huge and important job to do. What should the new climate change minister keep, and what what should be changed?
Sometimes revenge comes with a price tag. Obviously Ms Pryce reckons it’s worth it. Good for her.
Huhne had one big success: protecting a stable nuclear policy, particularly after the Fukushima disaster. While some other countries like Germany suddenly changed direction in a knee-jerk response, Huhne kept the long-delayed policy to build new nuclear power stations on track. Given the Lib Dems’ historically anti-nuclear policy, this was a particular success.
So where are the new reactors then? How come we aren’t seeing any new ones being commissioned and built despite them being given the go-ahead? Could it be that all that’s left in the energy kitty is moths and empty promises because the fruits of legal extortion subsidies are constantly diverted to dance to the Greenies tune prop up uneconomical, unsustainable, and unreliable renewables? I see lots of windmills being erected but there’s sod all for nuclear, a proven reliable source of energy.
But also made two big mistakes, which are linked.
Firstly, he failed to challenge Labour’s unnecessarily expensive approach to reducing carbon emissions, which focusses on deploying lots of high-cost renewables (particularly offshore wind).
Huhne had no intention of challenging anything. He’s a weapons grade, opportunist slimeball politician who bought into the AGW scam big time and is/was pressing for a shitload more of that unnecessary expense in the shape of wind farms. Or have you somehow you managed not to notice that, Mr. O’Brien?
This squanders resources which could be much better spent on either delivering the same short-term carbon reduction more cheaply, or – better still – on investments to develop new technologies which could be genuinely competitive with fossil fuels.
Short termism is killing us and it’s an evil that is in bountiful supply so you can stuff it. BTW why the hell are you wibbling on about carbon?, It’s carbon dioxide you moron, a harmless, life giving invisible gas the production of which wealth redistributing Marxists warmists want to control reduce and/or sequestrate. Or has that passed you by as well? However, you’re correct about squandering money. Government get’s an A* for that. We’re living the nightmare of technologies designed to “compete” with fossil fuels. Scrap the subsidies and feed-in tarrifs and there isn’t any competition because fossil fuels will win hands down every bloody time on an even playing field.
Deploying lots of known technologies which are expensive and have little potential to improve in future (wind) means that Britain is making very little contribution to fighting global warming. As a tiny island in a huge global economy, we won’t make much impact unless we concentrate on developing new technologies with the potential to be competitive globally.
It’s new “technology” that got us into this mess you berk. The planet is cooling and our ability to generate energy has had the balls ripped off it. We need energy security and new power stations NOW. What we don’t need is vague promises of pie in the sky gizmoism that may or may not be available at some indeterminate time in the future.
Secondly, he has been presiding over the dismantling of the competitive electricity market – a UK policy success emulated across the world – through the ill-thought-through “Electricity Market Reform” process. Rather than letting the market operate, Government increasingly controls a whole range of detailed decisions, which chip away at the market’s ability to operate well.
Dismantling? Willfully clubbing it to death with a neutron cosh and shoving the entire country towards the event horizon of a blackout hole more like. Where were you when all this crap was being set up? How come we are only hearing from you now that AGW is no longer a major cause célèbre?
Several of these controls are part of the overly-expensive, micro-managing approach to climate change policy, like the Renewables Obligation, its ‘banding’ to give different subsidy levels to different renewables, feed-in tariffs, the Carbon Emission Reduction Target, a Carbon Capture and Storage deployment subsidy (enabled in legislation), the EU Industrial Emissions Directive, the EU Emissions Trading System and the Climate Change Levy.
The combined effect of government interventions has been to distract and prevent market players from taking investment decisions, innovating, revealing and adapting to new information. Instead they now look to, and wait for, government to make decisions on which technologies are favoured, by how much and what the planned outcome for the generation is. Market decision-making is replaced with ‘monopoly’ decision-making by government.
Big government leads to corporatism: resources are wasted on ‘rent-seeking’: there are now more than ten UK organisations, each representing particular generation technology sectors, lobbying government for policies and/or subsidies to favour their sectors. You may have seen adverts in the papers encouraging you to cash in on the Feed In Tariff while the courts rule on it. There has been increased politicisation, and frequent tweaking and ‘fine-tuning’, of policy.
No shit, Sherlock. Run out of Mogadon did you? Woken up at last have you? What on earth did we ignorant proles do before you finally stared harsh fiscal reality in the face and shared your gosh-golly-really? thoughts with us? Better late than never, I suppose. You’ll be waking up to the reality that AGW is a fraud next.
Maybe not. Snrrrrrr grunt heeeeeze….
Getting this right is hugely important for growth and jobs. With a different approach we could still hit all our green targets, but save every household in the country £400 a year. If the new minister wants to help families under pressure and do something for the environment, we need to change course now.
The stupid, it burns…