The EU’s climate and energy policies are probably unnecessary, certainly ineffectual, and prohibitively expensive.
Unnecessary, because the theory of man-made climate change is increasingly disputed, and there has been no global warming for nearly two decades. The earth’s climate system is complex, chaotic and poorly understood, and it is absurd to think that man-made CO2 is the only driver of climate.
Ineffectual, because with 1200 new coal-fired power stations in the global pipeline, nothing we do in the EU will make a scrap of difference. Atmospheric levels of CO2 will rise for decades, whatever we do.
And prohibitively expensive. Energy Commissioner Oettinger says that Europe cannot continue to follow a unilateral climate policy. Commissioner Antonio Tajani says we face “an industrial massacre”, and he’s right. Businesses are moving out of the EU, taking jobs and investment with them.
Households are being forced into fuel poverty. Thousands of pensioners will die of cold in Europe this winter.
It’s time to abandon our obsession with CO2, and start to prioritise reliable and affordable electricity generation.