Green energy is eating its own tail

European Parliament, Brussels, 01 March 2017

Speech Plenary March 1st
Mr. President,
The explanatory statement for this proposal says its objectives are “secure, affordable and sustainable energy”.
Yet for many years the EU has followed policies which directly militate against those objectives.
Germany, with the largest renewables investment, now uses increasing volumes of lignite. In the UK, we are planning to use diesel generation as back-up. 
The highly respected Economist magazine runs a front-page story “Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret”.
I recommend it to colleagues. It says we have created regulatory and subsidy structures that militate against energy infrastructure investment, and threaten security of supply. I quote: “Green energy is eating its own tail”.
Yet this proposal today amounts to little more than bureaucratic paper-pushing. 
The explanatory note concludes “The EU is torn apart by migratory and eurozone crises: it desperately needs a success”. 
Indeed. But this report will not deliver that success.


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22 Responses to Green energy is eating its own tail

  1. catalanbrian says:

    I thought that it was UKIP that was busy eating its own tail!

    • ian wragg says:

      The House of Dick Heads has just done a massive favour for UKIP and the leave campaign.
      A petition has started to abolish the retirement home for failed politicians and 70,000 signatures in one day.
      The sun is shining brightly here, how is it in Brussels, Hungarian minister says there will be civil unrest when EU subsidies are cut after Brexit. Now we know why they want us too stay in.

    • catweazle666 says:

      You not gone bust yet, you obnoxious, snivelling little troll?

      • catalanbrian says:

        What a nasty and offensive little fool you are. Still unable to objectively view the facts as observed by normal people.

      • catweazle666 says:

        Hate to break it to you Brian, but ‘normal people’ don’t spend their time gratuitously posting taunts and insults on blogs supporting political parties they don’t agree with to people they don’t know.

        I’ll leave you to work out what type of person does that for yourself…

      • catalanbrian says:

        I think that you will find that normal people do just that as they want to know what the enemy is up to. Further, it is just too tempting to refrain from getting old fools foaming at the mouth and responding. And it does rather look as if UKIP will have been consigned to the waste bin of history by this time next year.

      • catweazle666 says:

        “I think that you will find that normal people do just that as they want to know what the enemy is up to.”

        That only involves reading the posts, not insulting the posters, most especially Roger himself, purely because you disagree their his political alignment, not taunting and insulting all and sundry.

        “Further, it is just too tempting to refrain from getting old fools foaming at the mouth and responding.”

        And there you go again!

        Your mummy really should have washed your mouth out with soap and water more often.

        I quite agree with the bit about “getting old fools foaming at the mouth and responding.”, Brian. As it is you that does all the foaming at the mouth and gratuitously insulting other posters, you are far too tempting a target to ignore!

        Oh, and by the way, what “the enemy” is up to is winning – in fact as far as you’re concerned, we’ve already won.

        So suck it up, buttercup, you’re the loser, not us.

        Incidentally, did you notice the good news about Boeing and Dyson that was in the UK press the other day? Here you go!

        “Boeing’s Brexit boost: World’s largest aircraft maker picks Britain as home for its new European headquarters
        Or Dyson, setting up a £250 million research and development centre in Wiltshire?

        We didn’t invite them, they came of their own accordbecause the appreciated that we were no longer shackled to an economically putrefying carcass.

        And they will by no means the last, you can bet on it.

        This too:

        “The improvement in Britain’s economy means that Mr Hammond will borrow around £12 billion less than expected, enabling him to provide more money for social care and small firms facing significant hikes in business rates.”

        Plenty more where they came from…

        So it seems that Brexit is in fact working out quite well, doesn’t it?

    • vanorman2016 says:

      Green energy, not helping the planet or the life within. Follow the money.

  2. Shieldsman says:

    Some of that dozy lot in the Upper House may be awakening to reality – no not Lord Deben’s Committee on Climate Change, but, the economics committee of the House of Lords.
    As reported by Nick Butler: Britain’s Broken Energy Policy Needs Fixing.
    The existing strategy flows from the 2008 Climate Change Act, which gave priority to the reduction of carbon emissions. A target of an 80 per cent reduction by 2050 was entrenched in law and, although it has never been clear how it would be enforced, the existence of a legally binding target has shaped decision-making in Whitehall. The goal, to be reached in five-year steps, overrides every other consideration — including cost and security of supply.

    Several assumptions underpinned that legislation:
    Nations were about to adopt a common approach to climate change at the Copenhagen conference so there could be no worries about the costs of action damaging UK competitiveness or of emissions simply being produced elsewhere
    The prices of oil and gas would inexorably rise because of a combination of growing demand and scarcity of supply
    As hydrocarbon prices rose, even heavily subsidised supplies from offshore wind or new nuclear would look cheap
    In the process, the UK would build a great new industrial sector providing hundreds of thousands of low-carbon jobs.
    The risk of designing a policy around wishful thinking could hardly be better illustrated

  3. songhees says:

    I would like to tell you of my latest book, “Human Caused Global Warming”.
    ‘The Biggest Deception in History’.
    Available on ‘’.

  4. Christopher Browne says:

    If repeal of the 2008 climate change act is not in UKIP’s manifesto then it should be.
    We should also make weekly bin collection mandatory, scrap incinerators and anaerobic digestors, dig holes to bury household waste and place mini generators on them to burn off the methane.

  5. KennieD says:

    A digression from the current topic, but nobody else in UKIP will reply to me.
    On 03 Feb 2017, I completed the form on-line at UKIP website and sent in a question to UKIP spokesman for Constitutional Affairs. On the same day, I received an automated reply to say that I would be contacted “shortly” and would receive a reply soon.
    One month later, I have received no reply and have not been contacted.
    I am therefore going to cancel my membership of UKIP forthwith. If this is the way members are treated, it is little wonder Stoke was not gained.

  6. Fossil Fuel industry receives OVER $5,000,000,000,000 ANNUALLY on Subsidies and Unpaid Costs. Fossil Fuel Use Is Eating Everyone’s Future. NO WAY JOSE

  7. catweazle666 says:

    “Fossil Fuel industry receives OVER $5,000,000,000,000 ANNUALLY on Subsidies and Unpaid Costs.”

    Utter drivel.

    The fossil fuel industry pays hundreds of billions of pounds annually in taxes.

    Stop believing crackpot lying Left wing political agitators.


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