The Appalling Ignorance of the Climate Change Committee

David Kennedy, CEO of the Committee

The Climate Change Committee is (it claims) “an independent committee” created under the terms of the infamous Climate Change Act 2008.  Independent maybe, but fully bought-in to the IPCC carbon fantasy.

Their latest pronouncements show a mind-boggling degree of ignorance.  How can these people, utterly detached from the real world, advise government on anything?  And how shall we cope with the economic fall-out from their prescriptions?  See a report on their statement here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/9362804/Greenhouse-gas-emissions-fell-last-year-but-only-because-of-milder-weather.html

Let’s see what they said.

“Greater investment is needed in low carbon energy including wind power”.  Haven’t they read all the research on emissions from systems consisting of wind plus back-up?  Don’t they know that emissions savings from wind power are trivial or zero?  That it’s just money spent on political gestures and garden ornaments, not power generation?

“Firms are putting in a third of the annual investment needed for off-shore and on-shore wind”.  Same comments apply.  More investment in wind will not reduce emissions to any significant extent (if that’s what you want to do).  But it will force up the cost of electricity, drive business, investment and jobs offshore, condemn families and pensioners to fuel poverty, and jeopardise security of supply.

They want carbon capture technology (CCS), which would drive up costs, and reduce the amount of electricity available from a given amount of coal or gas.  Surely they understand that this is unfeasible — even GreenPeace has questioned the viability of long-term storage of CO2.  It’s not going to happen.  CCS is for talking about, and for buying-off green concerns about fossil fuels — it’s not for actual implementation.

Then the killer: “Relying on gas would be more expensive than investing in low carbon technology due to gas costs and the rising “carbon price” that electricity generators have to pay for pollution”.  Two points.  First, the “carbon price” is a red herring.  It’s simply a regulatory construct.  If it stops us from doing the right thing, then we simply need to change the rules.  And don’t worry about EU rules: in a few years, either the EU will have fallen apart, or the UK will have left it.  Either way, we don’t need to worry about it.

But the real prize is their reference to the gas price.  Have they noticed shale gas?  Do they know that gas prices in the USA are only a fifth of those in Germany?  And that as a consequence electricity prices in the US have halved?  Do they know that China has huge shale gas reserves, and is likely to become self-sufficient, or even to become an exporter?  Looking further ahead, have they even heard of Methane Hydrates, which offer potentially more energy than all of the world’s existing fossil fuel reserves combined?  Hasn’t anyone mentioned to them that we have gas potential not just for decades, but for centuries?

In twenty years time, we are far more likely to be driving cars powered by natural gas than by electricity.

Finally, why doesn’t someone explain to them that we could achieve the EU’s emissions targets (if that’s what they want to do), more quickly, more safely, more securely, with nuclear and gas than we ever will with wind turbines?

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4 Responses to The Appalling Ignorance of the Climate Change Committee

  1. Charles Wardrop says:

    Hope it’s not typical of Parliamentary bodies, bu a lot of impressions of these jokers says it may be.
    Maybe that’s why there is so much waste: needs a new broom!

  2. Sue says:

    Unfortunately, the UK and the EU are slightly behind global thinking now. Most other countries outside the EU, apart from a few exceptions, have given up on the whole climate change scam. This whole plot was an idea conceived by the UN in order for them to put into place their NWO plot and Agenda 21. After the last summit, the UN realised that sane governments are dropping the project because of the expense and the financial crisis. They’ve come up with a new scam now, species extinction. That will be the way they twist the whole climate change argument back to the public. I guess they’re hoping that we’ll do anything to save the cuddly animals.

  3. Ian W says:

    ..but of the Climate Change Committee question the validity of this approach (& the human influence on any climatic changes, plus the lack of impact any changes we might make could have) wouldn’t they be making a strong case for abolishing themselves?

  4. William Bowie says:

    William Bowie
    Since it is essential that wind has ‘back-up’ and since in the UK this ‘back-up’ is more often than not gas, then gross wind price [wind=’back-up’] is dependent on the price of gas! With wind capacity factor of 25% the ‘back-up’ provides most of the power 75%. Since the capital cost of wind plant is high [ > ten times that of a CCGT plant] , gas prices would have to increase by a factor of 4 before on-shore wind was competitive. [For off-shore wind power, gas would have to increase 9 fold before off-shore wind became competitive]

    However, it is likely that gas will become cheaper making it even more unlikely that wind will ever provide an economic source of power.

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