Monthly Archives: September 2013

IPCC: The consensus cracks

Like a warming ice sheet, or a fracked rock, the so-called “consensus” on global warming is starting to crack.  The latest IPCC report is in many ways a remarkable document. Many people will be astonished at the IPCC’s assertion that … Continue reading

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Talking up the downside

It’s a long way from Romania to Finland, but that hasn’t stopped hard-line Green MEP Satu Hassi, of Finland, from commenting on a gold-mining proposal in Romania. There is a plan to start gold mining at Rosia Montana in Romania.  … Continue reading

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Lost in a green nightmare

James Delingpole’s article “Global Warming believers are feeling the heat”  should certainly warm your cockles — it certainly did mine.  Wonderful, resonant phrases: “The science used to ‘prove’ man-made global warming looks increasingly threadbare … Al Gore’s “consensus” is about … Continue reading

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Misconceptions on UKIP policy

There’s a criticism of UKIP policy which I’ve seen several times, but Michael Deacon in the Telegraph (Sketch, Sept 21st) is a good example.  He reports that Nigel Farage said at our Party Conference that we shouldn’t be fighting foreign … Continue reading

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Labour plays the Soviet card

Labour’s energy price-freeze proposal harks back to the worst days of Labour’s wage-and-price controls, and before that to the disastrous efforts of the Soviet Union.  Government interference in markets always does more harm than good.  Imposing arbitrary price caps removes … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The Reality

For a number of years now a group of distinguished and independent scientists, headed by my old friend Professor Fred Singer, have been shadowing the work of the IPCC.  Rather cheekily, they call their group the Non-governmental International Panel on … Continue reading

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Smart City Barcelona

I was recently in Barcelona with the European Energy Forum, looking at their “Smart City” programme, and at their roll-out of smart meters. I have to admit that I am not entirely convinced about smart meters.  There are clear benefits … Continue reading

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To veil or not to veil

That is the question The Muslim veil or niqab has been in the news lately.  Birmingham Metropolitan College banned veils in the classroom, and then, intimidated by a local campaign, relented.  Now a Lib-Dem Home Office Minister, no less, Jeremy Browne … Continue reading

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Tiresome, tedious Lib-Dem propaganda

It seems that East Midlands Lib-Dem MEP Bill Newton Dunn has emerged from a long period of quiescence, and promulgated a leaflet (my thanks to Lee Waters of Nottingham for the heads-up).  You’ll remember that this is the man who … Continue reading

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Climate Policy: The Dam Bursts

A dam can look like a wonderfully solid piece of civil engineering.  It stands for decades, seemingly immoveable.  Maybe just occasionally a little trickle of water.  But then one day, without warning, great chunks and slabs of earth and concrete … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to RSPB members

(and to National Trust members, come to that) Britain’s birds are under threat from every side: habitat loss, urban sprawl, agricultural policies, domestic cats, and so on.  So I commend you, as an RSPB member, for your commitment to conserving … Continue reading

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Wise virgins, foolish virgins

Here is the text of a letter which I am sending to a couple of my favourite economists. Gentlemen: I wonder if you can help me with an economic question which you are probably better able to answer than me.  … Continue reading

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My Plenary Speech Sept 10th 2013

Mr. President, The European Council is at least seeking to exercise some budgetary restraint.  Meantime we in this House call on our voters for austerity, while we ourselves practise extravagance. €200 million to commute to Strasbourg.  €150 million for Mr. … Continue reading

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THE ILUC VOTE

Bio-fuels were once regarded as a major contributor in “fighting climate change” and cutting emissions.  Then several problems were recognised. First, there is a considerable energy input in growing bio-fuel crops.  Diesel for tractors, fertilisers and pesticides.  This must be … Continue reading

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Climate consensus crumbles

Pity the poor Warmists! Perhaps one of the least pleasant remarks one can hear is “I told you so!” Yet if one has been in a tiny minority, the object of ridicule and opprobrium, for years, one is surely entitled … Continue reading

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