Government presses ahead with low-carbon rip off

A written ministerial statement on the European Union in 2010 was presented to the House of Commons yesterday by the Minister for Europe, Chris Bryant.  He announced the laying before the House of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Command Paper, which provides an overview of the political programme and priorities of the Spanish presidency of the EU for the first half of 2010, available at

Amidst the usual Euroblurb about how this Presidency (like all before it) would work to improve economies and create more jobs, through government hyperactivity rather than private enterprise being allowed to operate without bureaucratic molestation, there was a passage that reinforced the disconnect between the political classes throughout Europe and the people they are supposed to represent, but actually dictate to:

At the heart of any sustainable recovery must be measures to assist transition to a low-carbon economy. It is essential that the political agreement on emissions reductions and climate financing reached at the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 is now transformed effectively into a binding legal treaty. The Spanish presidency must be at the heart of EU work on this; the UK will support the presidency in ensuring agreements are turned into action.

There we have it.  Despite the comprehensive exposure of corrupt methods and fallacious claims made by a small number of highly places scientists – who lay responsibility for what is natural climate variation at the door of mankind and his emission of CO2 – our political masters intend to turn a deaf ear to the emerging evidence.  For them it is more important to carry out their wealth redistribution fetish funded by our tax pounds, and boost the profits of corporations who trade in thin air and continue to burden consumers with rising costs, to fight an illusory battle against CO2.

This renewed commitment was made within hours of new research being released by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that has found water vapour high in the atmosphere is far more influential on world temperatures than previously thought.  But of course findings such as these cannot be allowed to get in the way of the CO2 bogeyman.  After all, how on earth can you construct a lucrative credit trading scheme for water vapour when it is generally accepted by all scientists (not just the self regarding consensus variety) that human activity has not increased the concentration of water vapour in the atmosphere?

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3 Responses to “Government presses ahead with low-carbon rip off”

  1. 1 JohnRS 30/01/2010 at 5:04 pm

    What? Policy based on facts? I think not!!

    Remember, this is central gummint we’re talking about. 10 years late and 50% over budget – and that’s on a good day.

  2. 2 DP 31/01/2010 at 11:45 pm

    Dear Autonomous Mind

    I have long regarded the whole carbon footrpint reduction scam as a proxy for post peak oil decline in production. This is something too scary for politicians to contemplate – the end of cheap oil energy with nothing in sight to replace it. Cheap oil has fuelled the West’s booming economy. The inevitable economic downturn will make an awful lot of people very unhappy for a very long time; not an enticing prospect on a small planet with a booming population facing other uncertainties such as water scarcity and possibly global cooling – which is a far more scary scenario than global warming, impacting on food production and energy demand.

    So get the shamans to put the fear of Gaia into the plebs over global warming and the need to reduce carbon emissions and problem solved.

    It also may explain the politicians seeming blindness to anything which contradicts the ‘settled science’ of AGW.

    Just a thought.


  3. 3 AM 01/02/2010 at 10:33 am

    Thanks DP. I am rushed off my feet just now but will come back to your point later.

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