Thursday, 23 January 2014
Another EU U-turn
It was an email from Joe Public which caused me to do a little research into the latest news about windmills and other renewable energy sources.
Joe drew my attention to the Scottish Climate and Energy Forum, which has been working to produce a survey on the background of participants in the climate debate. Their website advises that, after some excellent feedback, the survey is ready.
The aim of the survey is to understand the nature and background of those interested in the climate debate online. It will provide an invaluable insight into the education and work experience of participants, test the relevance of politics in forming views and assess employment and social factors for their relationship with views on climate.
I completed it a few days ago. It takes less than 10 minutes so if you have a spare 10 minutes, please give it a go.
There has been little said about the latest U-turn from the EU here in Scotland. Maybe the Scottish Government is waiting for the anger concerning their £400,000 gift to support Malawi’s green policies to die down before they comment.
The EU has scrapped rules that bind countries to renewable energy targets and thereby lifting demands that Britain build more wind and solar farms. The change paves the way for the Westminster government to expand its use of nuclear power and develop tracking as a major energy source. Britain will still have to provide 15% of its energy from renewable power by 2020, but after that there will be no target.
Why is Alex Salmond and his ridiculous renewable target policy not been highly criticised in the Scottish press? He’s tying an expensive millstone around our necks and yet there’s hardly a whimper from the public. How much cooler will the planet be if we stopped the UK emissions at zero? None whatsoever.
Even if we in the UK doubled our emissions, it would not effect the global climate at all, or at worst, it will have such a small effect that it would be indistinguishable from error or noise.
Why are we doing it? Why are we spending billions on something that is guaranteed to have NO global effect whatsoever?
The CEO of my own energy supplier blames our high bills on me - and you. ‘Households waste so much power’ Paul Massara of Npower said ahead of a report which his German-owned company published earlier this week. It says the cost of green taxes and eco schemes will rise by 272%, (from £75 in 2007 to at least £279 by 2020), thereby driving up energy bills. Ofgem say Npower has its facts wrong.
He also states suppliers are responsible for only 20% of a bill. The bills are high because we waste so much. Maybe his daughters need to learn to turn off lights and appliances when not needed.
Don’t forget to do the survey. The SCEF do great work and deserve support. Thanks.