Brexit will make it harder for UK climate policies, Climate Minister warns 

Posted: June 29, 2016 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, Politics
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The UK Guardian newspaper is already wringing its hands over the effect of the Brexit vote on its hopes of seeing UK lands and shores smothered with wind turbines. UKIP getting some power on a Welsh climate committee has also spooked the paper. Of course the central problem remains: what happens when the wind doesn’t blow?

Offshore wind project in North Wales[image credit:]

Offshore wind project in North Wales[image credit:]

Brexit will make it harder for Britain to play its role in tackling climate change, the UK energy and climate secretary has said.

But Amber Rudd said that the UK remained committed to action on global warming and Whitehall sources have told the Guardian that on Thursday she will approve a world-leading carbon target for 2032.

“While I think the UK’s role in dealing with a warming planet may have been made harder by the decision last Thursday, our commitment to dealing with it has not gone away,” Rudd told an audience in London. “Securing our energy supply, keeping bills low and building a low carbon energy infrastructure: the challenges remain the same. Our commitment also remains the same. As I said, I think the decision last week risks making it a harder road.”

She said she agreed with chancellor, George Osborne, that the UK now faced a period of uncertainty. 

Separately, politicians expressed shock that Mark Reckless, a Ukip Welsh assembly member had been appointed chair of the Welsh Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee. Ukip has repeatedly cast doubt on climate change science and in the 2015 general election campaigned on a manifesto promise to repeal the Climate Change Act.

Source: Brexit Will Make It Harder For UK Climate Policies, Climate Minister Warns | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. oldbrew says:

    What they call ‘action on climate change’ is window dressing only with no actual effect on anything related to the world’s climate.

  2. Gerry Hall says:

    What complete nonsense to say that action on climate is window dressing. We’re going to be spending trillions over the next few decades to shave that 0.1 degrees off of the 2100 temperature. Fortunately by 2100 the world will be several times richer than today and will have the technology of 2100 to deal with it. Its right that we do our best to minimise the problem. We could maybe have solved it if it were not for the green NGOs forcing everyone to use technologies that don’t work very well and if 20 years ago the research had been put into CCS. In fact, I think I read that a deployment of CCS would make averting climate change 70% cheaper. What with all the power stations already built it is pretty obvious the CO2 is already locked in. Green NGOs answers to that is militant activism, protest, and anger. In reality they led us down this path and locked us into it by fighting anything except their their idealisms. No pragmatism allowed. Oh well.

  3. Thanks for this. Made my day.

  4. […] Brexit will make it harder for UK climate policies, Climate Minister warns […]

  5. Curious George says:

    Is there a need for a climate secretary? In London? In Brussels?

  6. p.g.sharrow says:

    A Minister of Climate! Why not a Minister of Tides or a Minister of SunLight?

    A fat pay check, nothing you do will have any effect, so, No real responsibilities and you get to jet around the world to party with others of your kind at taxpayers expense. A senior Bureaucrats dream come true!

    We really don’t need them…pg

  7. Graeme No.3 says:


    Then the chief bureaucrat could retire to a University as a professor of climate. I have no doubt that THIS government would fund it. Why not after the rest of the expenditure. I suggest it should be named The King Canute Chair of Climate Change.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Asked about the danger of a domino effect, [German Finance Minister Wolfgang] Schaeuble said, “it is certainly not to be dismissed”. He added that Britain did not have unlimited time to decide on its application to leave.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Nicola Sturgeon gets the brush-off from France and Spain over EU membership hopes.

    Report: Mr Rajoy’s uncompromising stance appears to make a second independence referendum more likely, as Ms Sturgeon has said that she will propose one if that is the “best or only way to protect Scotland’s place in the EU.”

    But his statement also suggests that a separate Scotland would start life outside the EU and have to negotiate entry, a process that could take years and involve adoption of the euro, a hard border with England and tight public spending controls.

    The First Minister put a brave face on the interventions, saying Spain’s views represented a “starting position” and she was still “optimistic” about reaching an agreement after Scots voted by a margin of 62 per cent to 38 per cent last week for Remain.

    Spain is determined to take a hard line with Scotland in order to discourage its own separatist movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country.

    Random EU nationals going to a Scotland with no border controls for them, then jumping on a bus or train to England is a non-starter.

  10. hunter says:

    CCS is a dead non-starter. Starting 20 years ago only means that its utter impracticality and uselessness would be discovered sooner.
    NGO’s are not about idealism, but about their bottom lines.
    They have demonstrated not one bit of practical care for the environment, the planet or the climate.
    All they exist for is to take other people’s money and make it theirs.

  11. roger says:

    What an embarrassment the SNP has become as in yesterday’s session one of their MEPs actually begged the chamber to let Scotland stay, only to be followed today by the poison dwarf flying at the crack of a summer dawn to present her credentials and the nape of her neck to Junker reinforcing the begging for special treatment.
    As if the EU would want to take on paying the Barnett formula!!
    Someone should tell her to wind in her neck.

  12. michael hart says:

    “Brexit will make it harder for Britain to play its role in tackling climate change, the UK energy and climate secretary has said.”

    Repeal the Climate Change Act 2008, and then remove any position with the word “climate” in the job description. Then we won’t have to listen to people saying things like this.

  13. oldbrew says:

    UK energy policy: build windmills, close old power stations and pretend there won’t be power cuts as a result.

    Then call it a climate policy.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Greenies are panicking over Brexit…

    Cameron urged to ratify climate deal before quitting as PM

    Seems unlikely.

  15. oldbrew says:

    Austrian Foreign Minister Foresees Breakup Of EU Over Migrant Policy

    Not impressed with the German-dominated approach to the migrant crisis.

  16. dennisambler says:

    Minister for Climate?

    We had a Minister for Drought in 1976 and it worked. Within a few days of Denis Howell’s appointment it started raining.

  17. dennisambler says:

    Sounds like Cameron has been discussing things with Obama and Kerry.

    “US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union might never be implemented and that London is in no hurry to go. Speaking one day after talks with Prime Minister David Cameron, Kerry said the outgoing British leader feels “powerless” to negotiate a departure he does not want.”

  18. oldbrew says:

    Who’s next to say goodbye to the EU – any of these?

    Nexit / Swedone / Italeave / Finnish / Czech-out — etc. etc.

    Country number one please…
    Anti-Migrant Czech President Calls For Referendum On EU Membership