Horizon 2020 talks in bold, optimistic language about excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges like climate change – although we have seen no climate change for the best part of twenty years.
Yet the action we are taking on climate is both doomed and disastrous.
Doomed, because while we agonise over emissions, there are 1200 new coal-fired plants in the global pipeline – including a couple of dozen in Germany.
It’s time to face the truth – that global emissions will keep rising for decades, and there is nothing we can do to stop them.
Disastrous, because we are forcing up energy prices to create what Commissioner Tajani has called “an industrial massacre”.
We are forcing households and pensioners into fuel poverty. This winter, European citizens will die of cold as a result of our energy policies.
We are undermining industrial competitiveness. We are driving businesses out of the EU entirely, taking their jobs and their investment with them. We are choosing poverty for our children and our grandchildren, and all to no purpose.
Mr. President: It’s not just energy prices, it’s security too. Our over-reliance on ineffective and intermittent renewables is now threatening our security of supply.
Just wait until the lights go out. You’ll find that’s a real societal challenge.