James Delingpole: An energy policy for Theresa May

Posted: April 27, 2017 by tallbloke in Accountability, Big Green, Energy, government, greenblob

Future UK energy policy under the green tories

As a followup to the commonsense stuff UKIP’s Roger Helmer suggested yesterday, here’s James Delingpole’s take on what is likely to happen. Reposted from Breitbart

Suppose you were a Conservative leader hoping to win a stonking majority in your general election campaign, which of these two manifesto propositions do you think would win the most votes?
a) Our energy policy will remain in the clutches of a cabal of vested interests – rent-seeking, crony capitalist shysters; green ideologues with junk-science degrees in Gaia Studies from the University of East Anglia; eco-fascist lobby groups and NGOs; compromised scientists with their snouts in the trough; goose-stepping technocrats; really, really, really dim MPs – ensuring that the landscape continues to be blighted by an ever-greater-proliferation of shimmery solar panels and ginormous bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes.

We remain committed to the Climate Change Act which will cost the UK economy over £300 billion by 2030, costing each household £875 per annum; and also to the Levy Control Framework (LCF) which, combined with carbon taxes, cost the UK £9 billion in 2016 alone. Then we’ll pretend it’s the fault of the greedy energy companies by hammering them with a price cap – thus driving their share prices down (bad luck pensions and investors!), reducing competition and innovation, and signalling that we intend to be a meddling, interventionist government which has no truck with free market principles.

b) We want consumers and businesses to have the cheapest most reliable energy which causes the least damage to wildlife and the environment and which best guarantees Britain’s energy security. To this end we will scrap all market-distorting subsidies, declare a moratorium on renewables – as well as white elephant projects such as the Hinkley Point C Radioactive Money Pit and the even more lunatic proposed Swansea Tidal Lagoon project – and go all-out to exploit Britain’s superabundant shale gas reserves.

We will, furthermore, appoint a Secretary of State for Energy capable of explaining in ways even thick people can understand why it’s all OK, the baby polar bears aren’t going to drown, nor is Lancashire going to vanish into a crevice, nor are Britain’s gardens going to turn into deserts – despite all that toss you heard from the BBC’s resident Old Etonian eco-loon David Shukman on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning.

Well personally I’m going with b).

What we’re going to get with Theresa May’s Continuation Cameron Conservatives, unfortunately, is far likely to be closer to a).

This is a terrible shame for a number of reasons. As a lover of the British countryside, I’m most especially upset about the ongoing Scotlandification of Mid-Wales with more and more ugly wind farms. If ever you needed an argument against devolved government, there’s your case made for you. The troglodytes in the Welsh Assembly who allow this kind of destruction to pass are not fit to run a bath let alone a Principality.

But it’s also sad for political reasons. Prime Minister Theresa May has a once-in-several-generations opportunity successfully and unapologetically to demonstrate – without any credible threat from her excuse for an Opposition – that conservative principles of small government, personal responsibility, and free markets are genuinely the best way of creating a fairer, more prosperous and freer society.

And she’s about to blow it.

Still, here – if Theresa May wants it – is an Energy Manifesto prepared for her today by the Global Warming Policy Forum.

The new government should

Undertake a new and up-to-date review of the economics of climate change.
Suspend commitment to the Carbon Budgets in line with the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s recommendation.
Suspend the Carbon Price Floor, a unilateral carbon tax that puts an unequal and unfair burden on British industry.
Suspend commitments post-2020 under the EU Renewables Directive which puts an unequal burden on the UK economy.
Phase out subsidies for renewable energy generators of heat and electricity. The renewables industry repeatedly claims that they are now cheaper than conventional energy. Government should take them at their word and cut all support after 2020.
Freeze commitments to ethanol and biodiesel under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, which is distorting international food and crop markets.
Remove mistaken incentives for the use of diesel in passenger vehicles.
Remove all fiscal obstacles to further realisation of the potential of the North Sea reserves of oil and natural gas.
Promote hydraulic fracturing to exploit the full potential of the massive UK shale resources.
Increase research budgets for nuclear fission and fusion, and also for electricity storage.
Redirect the UK’s international climate diplomacy towards equitable, joint approaches instead of the self-harm of unilateral target and virtue signalling.
It makes so much sense you just know Theresa is going to ignore it completely. That’s because her calculation is this: “If I can satisfy the slavering right-wing headbangers with the promise that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, I can get away with being as statist, authoritarian, and progressive as I like.”

Most mainstream Conservative commentators won’t admit this yet because it’s too depressing. True, though, innit?

  1. JB says:

    I commiserate.
    What little opportunity I had to visit the UK, I share your concern and grief.

  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘I can get away with being as statist, authoritarian, and progressive as I like.’

    In this context ‘progressive’ doesn’t mean what it sounds like. It means wasting enormous sums on inefficient and/or overpriced technologies, when there are much better proven alternatives – e.g. combined cycle gas turbines – ready to go if only they would just order them up.
    – – –
    If you want your own energy policy…keep a diesel (gennie) in the shed

  3. AlecM says:

    Politicians are waking up to how they were conned and are now trying to escape the consequences. Greg Clark, an economist, is apparently desperate to escape being made responsible for National Grid failure, so wants to hand over the baton to someone else.

    That person must have unique ability to tell the voters the truth whilst not being held responsible by them or fellow politicians. Therefore he/she cannot be an MP and must have a fixed period in office. That means being made a life peer in a reformed HoL.

  4. AlecM says:

    I also add that the civil servant he controls are mostly non-technical, so can claim they simply followed order. Of the rest only their Chief Engineer is competent in the engineering but hasn’t the ability to knock down the science fraud.

  5. pochas94 says:

    The problem with women in politics is that they are all infected with the Stockholm Syndrome. When the enemy comes over the hill, they play nice.

  6. suricat says:

    “James Delingpole: An energy policy for Theresa May”

    Well thanks for re-blogging/re-posting from my comment in “Energy: What we should be doing post-Brexit” (suricat says: April 27, 2017 at 1:03 am), but the response generated seems to be more ‘politically oriented’ than ‘science oriented’ IMHO James.

    You may want to refrain from ‘re-blogging/re-posting’ another individual/commenter ‘comment content’ unless you, fully understand the content of the comment (including the ‘science’), are aware of the intent of the ‘commenter’ and have the ‘permission’ of the ‘commenter’ by some means, or other, of communication.

    I ‘offer/give’ permission in this instance, but take care in the future. You should, at least, E-mail your ‘source’!

    This comment is repeated in both ‘blog posts’.


  7. oldbrew says:

    Having spent a fortune on anaemic renewables, it’s time for the back-up batteries…
    – – –
    UK storage market predicted to soar

    New report predicts 100-fold increase in UK battery capacity by 2020


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