Peiser: Brexit has significant implications for energy and climate policies 

Posted: June 25, 2016 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, EU Referendum, greenblob, Politics
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We’ve had the big UK vote but the ‘fun’ is only just starting. Some well-publicised EU-driven policies are now on short notice. A more credible energy policy seems a possibility.

When British voters chose to leave the European Union Thursday night, they weren’t just voting against Brussels’ immigration policies, they were also voting against Europe’s growing list of green mandates.

The EU’s allowance of millions of refugees and open borders policy did play a large role in the “Brexit” vote, but it was also a repudiation of global warming policies Brussels has imposed on the U.K.

“The decision by the British people to leave the European Union will have significant and long-term implications for energy and climate policies,” Dr. Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Forum, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Conservative pollster Lord Michael Ashcroft surveyed 12,369 Brits voting in Thursday’s referendum and found 69 percent of those who voted to leave the EU saw the “green movement” as a “force for ill.” “By large majorities, voters who saw multiculturalism, feminism, the Green movement, globalisation and immigration as forces for good voted to remain in the EU; those who saw them as a force for ill voted by even larger majorities to leave,” Ashcroft wrote.

Britons have been struggling under high energy prices for years, in part due to rules passed down from EU bureaucrats. Environmentalists opposed leaving the EU for precisely this reason. The Brexit vote signals the U.K. is lurching right, and will likely reject heavy-handed climate policies.

“It is highly unlikely that the party-political green consensus that has existed in Parliament for the last 10 years will survive the seismic changes that are now unfolding after Britain’s Independence Day,” Peiser said.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation after the vote, since he supported the staying in the EU. Cameron was one of the main forces behind the so-called “green consensus” in Parliament, which supported green energy subsidies and energy taxes to pay for them.

“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,” Cameron said Friday. “The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”

Cameron’s government did begin to cut back subsidies for solar panels and push for hydraulic fracturing. Conservative Party lawmakers voted against more handouts for wind power as well as to bring down the costs of electricity. Green taxes cost U.K. residents $6.6 billion every year.Brits also paid some of the highest energy costs in Europe, thanks in part to green taxes added to their electricity bills.

The man that may take Cameron’s place is not committed to keeping the U.K.’s “green” image. Ex-London Mayor Boris Johnson, who was the face of the Brexit movement, could take Cameron’s place as prime minister in the coming months. Johnson is a global warming skeptic, and even criticized alarmist claims that human emissions caused England’s unseasonably warm winter.

“It is fantastic news that the world has agreed to cut pollution and help people save money, but I am sure that those global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear – as far as I understand the science – is equally without foundation,” he wrote in December. “There may be all kinds of reasons why I was sweating at ping-pong – but they don’t include global warming,” he wrote.

Johnson is unlikely to revive the “green consensus” in Parliament. That doesn’t mean Johnson won’t keep in place some EU environmental rules, but the regulatory regime will probably be less onerous than the one Brussels had in mind. “But perhaps the most important aspect of the EU referendum has been the astonishing self-determination and scepticism of the British people in face of an unprecedented fear campaign,” Peiser said.

Source: Peiser: Brexit Has Significant Implications For Energy And Climate Policies | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. Owen Paterson would make a good minister at the new DE.

  2. one good thing about leaving the EU is the ukp 350million weekly we pay can now be used for the NHS as the brexit lot promised – of course some will go on enticing the UK unemployed to work as ancillary staff when those johnny foreigners get booted back to Europe.

    Oh wait a minute:
    Nigel Farage disowns Vote Leave ‘£350m for the NHS pledge’ hours after EU referendum result
    The Independent‎ – 1 day ago
    Nigel Farage has disowned a pledge to spend £350 million of European Union cash on the …

    ah well ! a least city dwellers will again be able to burn coal in their fire places for heat (hmm! I suppose this will now have to come from China). After all CO2 is good for the planet.

  3. TinyCO2 says:

    Hopefully whoever gets in will park the issue because we have more pressing things to worry about and by the time that’s over the scare will be over too. At the very least it will be in time for the windmills to have stopped working en masse.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    Gee… maybe that perpetually more expensive and distant French nuclear project can be replaced with low cost reliable proven economical CANDU reactors as part of reawakening The Commonwealth…

  5. Adam Gallon says:

    Blundering Boris at the helm? Gods preserve us. The man hasn’t even realised that Article 50 is the only way out. Unless he is a False Flag operation, stuck in to give a figurehead to the Leave camp, whilst being a secret Europhiliac?

  6. ivan says:

    Maybe RR should start producing their submarine reactors on a production line and sell them as reliable replacements for wind farms, that way we would get reliable power 24/7/365 at a lot less cost. It would also do in the heads of the greens.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Brexit shock for Greenies. What a shame 😎


  8. Sparks says:

    Who is this guy? and why is he publicly acting like he has been elected by anyone or serves anyones interest but his own…

  9. catweazle666 says:

    thefordprefect says: “After all CO2 is good for the planet.”

    Yes, given the increase in global vegetation cover in general and crop yields in particular, that would certainly appear to be the case.

    Congratulations on getting something right for once, albeit involuntarily.

  10. gallopingcamel says:

    While tourism will rise and unemployment will fall as a result of the weakening of the Pound Sterling, that will only provide a temporary advantage. To prosper in the longer term you have to get rid of loony ideas that cause economic havoc.

    Removing the subsidies from wind and solar electricity generation will make a huge difference. Indeed all “Energy” subsidies should be eliminated to ensure that electricity prices will fall.

    Immigration is a great thing but open borders are economic and cultural suicide. Immigration should be facilitated for people the UK needs. Fifty years ago I applied to emigrate to New Zealand and was turned down. I am an electrical engineer and was told NZ did not need any more of those. If I was a bricklayer they would have paid for my air fare! NZ has (had?) pretty smart government which may explain why they have the best government schools of all Anglophone countries.

  11. gallopingcamel says:

    CO2 is greening the planet. I am sure you have seen this but it may be news to some of the others here:

  12. gallopingcamel says:

    The EU is doomed so the UK did well to get out before this edifice based on bureaucratic tyranny falls in ruins.

  13. Kevin Hearle says:

    Beware of giving Cameron 3 months to engineer a new governing class and his choice of leader. In the real world he should be “gone by lunchtime”. The winners should be setting the agenda of the run up to the party conference NOT THE LOOSERS

    Have faith in your ability to redress the damage done by the EU .

    When you joined the EU and dump New Zealand you did us a favor we introduced free market economy, diversified our markets , dropped subsidies and negotiated trade deals both bi and multilateral. Consequently we hardly noticed the GFC. If we can do it so can the UK.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Sparks asks: ‘Who is this guy?’

    Donald Tusk is the Polish leader. He’s the current president of the EU – each country gets a ‘turn’ of six months (I think that’s the period).

  15. oldbrew says:

    ‘Not merely does Brexit promise to unwind — or slash — a Gordian knot of red tape, it points a welcome dagger at the heart of the greatest supra-national bureaucratic pretension since the Soviet Union: to manipulate global climate.’

  16. Anoneumouse says:

    Lets make Owen Paterson the people choice for leader

    OPAT for 10

  17. suricat says:

    Do you guys not realise that the ‘problem’ here is ‘the UK constitutuion’ ?!?!

    ‘NEW LABOUR’, under the directive of ‘Tony Blair’, avowed to remodel our ‘constitution’ into a more ‘modern’ system, but left the ‘model’ ‘unfinished’ (within the EU this ‘model’ is insignificant, but the definition ‘outside’ of the EU is substantial)!

    We need to ‘fix’ this ‘constitutional break’ before we can face ‘the rest of the world’!

    Best regards, Ray.

  18. oldbrew says:

    Post offices in Northern Ireland run out of application forms for Irish passports.
    Back door to the EU labour market suddenly becoming popular for some reason 😉

  19. gallopingcamel says:

    While BREXIT is a huge achievement it won’t mean anything if the British people don’t encourage the kind of innovation the created the “Celtic Tiger”, aka the Republic of Ireland.

    As a Brit living on the “Space Coast” of Florida I believe that my countrymen will rise to the occasion so I have instructed my portfolio manager to invest in the UK.

  20. oldbrew says:

    UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has told the European Parliament: “You’re not laughing now.”
    (video of 6 min. speech to EU members)

    Brexit: ‘You are in denial,’ Farage tells MEPs