Saturday, 26 October 2019

THE FUTILITY OF UK AND EU CLIMATE POLICIES

This is from a piece by the excellent Matt Ridley back in 2013 and it is just as relevant today and well worth re-reading. Below is a good exerpt:  
"As Bjorn Lomborg has pointed out, the European Union will pay £165 billion for its current climate policies each and every year for the next 87 years. Britain’s climate policies — subsidising windmills, wood-burners, anaerobic digesters, electric vehicles and all the rest — is due to cost us £1.8 trillion over the course of this century. In exchange for that sum, we hope to lower the air temperature by about 0.005˚C — which will be undetectable by normal thermometers. The accepted consensus among economists is that every £100 spent fighting climate change brings £3 of benefit."
£1800,000,000,000 is what £1.8 trillion looks like in full. That is one vast amount of money that could be used in so many better ways and yet no one ever mentions it, let alone says they object. All we hear is that we aren't doing enough. As a local councillor I get emails from members of the local branch of Extinction Rebellion saying how disappointed they are that we did not pass a motion declaring a climate emergency in the New Forest and urging us to look at it again. No doubt a small, but growing, number of people have been brain-washed by all the one-sided propaganda claiming the world is going to end in 12 years, or words to that effect. 

Where are the people who object? They just shrug their shoulders and ignore it, but they will regret it when they realise this huge bill that they will be paying. 

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