Osborne Cuts Climate Diplomat’s funding and scraps CCS

Posted: November 25, 2015 by tallbloke in government, solar system dynamics

Two bits of good news from the Autumn statement:

Firstly: Ministers have axed the planned £1bn competition to help develop carbon capture and storage – the technology that the fossil fuel industry hoped would help it drastically cut its carbon emissions.

Companies such as the oil giant Shell had hoped to secure hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of government funding to help develop the technology, which involves trapping the carbon dioxide produced by power stations, trapping it and storing it deep underground before it can reach the atmosphere, writes Kiran Stacey.

Secondly: Ed King writes: The UK’s global network of climate diplomats is facing the chop days before negotiations on a new UN deal to tackle global warming open in Paris.

More than 100 posts are under threat, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) set for 25-40% resource budget cuts by 2019-20 under a spending review due out on 25 November.

“The rumours – so we have been told – are they are going to axe the climate posts once the COP [Paris climate summit] is over,” said Barry Gardiner, Labour’s shadow climate minister.

A fortnight of talks on a global climate pact kicks off in the French capital on Monday 30 November. Governments hope to sign a deal to limit warming to below 2C on Friday 11 December.

Two other sources with knowledge of the matter have told Climate Home talks on the future of the climate diplomacy network are ongoing.

As Climate Home revealed in 2014, the UK’s core 2011-2013 climate diplomacy budget was slashed 39% from £7.5 million to £4.5m. A freedom of information request showed the office of chief climate diplomat Sir David King was also handed a 10% budget cut up to 2015.


  1. This will have further impacts on the renewables industry.

    Abengoa, the Spanish renewables company, announced that it would start insolvency proceedings, sending shares in Spanish banks tumbling on concerns that the country’s lenders may be left with losses.

    I would imagine other similar companies across Europe will now collapse like a deck of cards


  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘More than 100 posts are under threat’

    No point paying their airfares back to distant embassies after the Paris binge.

    Stick them on the Eurotunnel train back to London.

  3. J Martin says:

    OB. That’s not very green. Buy them some bicycles and canoes so they can demonstrate sustainable travel.

  4. tchannon says:

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    Click to access yeo_v_tnl_-2015_ewhc_3375_qb_251115.pdf

  5. diogenese2 says:

    What this is clearly saying is that there is no possible use for these people after COP21 (any more than that CCS is a busted flush. This outbreak of reality by the treasury indicates that the Global Warming Narrative is on its last legs and will not survive Paris in any meaningful manifestation.
    Gentlemen, I think we are winning. It is not yet over but as the great leader said..
    “this is not beginning of the end, but I think it is the end of the beginning”
    Things move a lot faster in the days of the internet.

  6. Stephen Richards says:

    Its not us thats winning. The greenies are defeating themselves with governments being unwilling to screw their voters with green taxes.

    The europeans haven’t yet decided enough is enough. When germany cracks the rest will follow.

  7. markstoval says:

    If Obama and an agreement out of Paris does not destroy the western economies, then the game is up for the collectivists. But Paris is not over and Obama is a budding totalitarian who will try any underhanded deal to cripple the west so that his “green legacy” is secured.

    I am tempted to be optimistic about the outcome, but can’t bring myself to have the solid optimism so many other skeptics seem to enjoy.

    By the way, did anyone here see this sort little post?


    I think Kristian nails it with that one. I would like to read that one to the guests in Paris.

    ~ Mark

  8. ren says:

    Currently very low geomagnetic activity.
    The high galactic radiation.

  9. ren says:

    Need to click. Sorry.

  10. AlecM says:

    Good: real CO2-AGW is near zero** and the planet is mopping up CO2 so fast that OCO-2 satellite data are being withheld to stop the punters who paid for the damned thing knowing the truth.

    **Easy to prove when you fix the broken physics originating from Sagan and Pollock, used to purport the imaginary Enhanced GHE. It is A-level stuff to show how they got it wrong but GISS hid it by layer after layer of pseudoscientific complexity.

  11. Bloke down the pub says:

    Better look out, those diplomats may feel emboldened to sign us up to every commitment in the knowledge that they won’t be around to take the flack when it all goes pear shaped.

  12. catweazle666 says:

    Oh dear.

    What a shame.

    It doesn’t look like the Watermelons are doing any better in the USA either.

    Senators move to block Paris deal in latest threat to Obama’s climate agenda
    Senators demand Congressional vote on any UN climate deal and threaten to block $3bn in climate aid


  13. AlecM says:

    Worked on the two major international CCS projects 20 years ago. The pumping cost for liquid CO2 is enormous and we’d have to fracc the oil reservoirs and put in many more entry points. On top of this, ethanoloamine absorption is just ~40% efficient anyway.

    Pure O2 combustion of new coal supercritical generators and massive investment is possible but the cost is about the same as having pump storage to tame windmills.

    The politicians should toss a coin!

  14. catweazle666 says:

    It is a source of amazement to me that the very same people who become utterly hysterical over the concept of hydraulic fracture technology involving a few hundred thousand gallons of water pumped kilometres into the ground are all in favour of pumping gigatons of liquid CO2 into much shallower strata, given the solvent properties of CO2, especially if mixed with water.

    Lake Nyos, anyone?