Peter Hitchens: The REAL villain behind your surging electricity bill 

Posted: August 8, 2017 by tallbloke in Accountability, fuel poverty, greenblob, Idiots, solar system dynamics

hitchensFrom part of Peter Hitchens Mail on Sunday Blog

I feel sorry for British Gas, attacked for raising the price of electricity. I still find it confusing a gas company sells electricity, but the facts are quite simple.

British Gas and the other power companies are raising charges because we have a mad Government. Under New Labour’s unhinged Climate Change Act, backed by the Tories and virtually unopposed in Parliament, we are steering straight into an iceberg.

Perfectly good coal-fired power stations all over the country are being shut down and blown up so they can’t be reopened, because of crazed Green regulations.

In some cases, they are being converted to burning wood chips imported from the USA. If this did any good (which is, er, unproven) it would be immediately cancelled out by the huge number of new coal-fired power stations recently built in India and China.

Our nuclear generators are slowly dying. Plans to replace them are hopelessly behind. The Government assumed that the growing gap between what we use and what we generate would be met by new gas-fired stations, but nobody has built them.

So instead, it hopes to meet the need with French nuclear electricity brought under the Channel, which we can’t rely on if the French need it more; and on power generated by wind, which doesn’t blow all the time, and sun which doesn’t shine all the time.

And it is the cost of subsidising the sun and wind power which is forcing up electricity prices. So is the need to link remote windmills expensively to the grid. There’s also the cost of setting up special parks of diesel generators to prevent power cuts if all else fails.

Diesel? Yes, the devilish fuel we’re trying to drive off the roads could be what saves you from a Christmas blackout.

Currently, the Green levy, the main reason for the latest price rise, makes up at least £73 of an average £562 annual electricity bill. It’s going to go up a lot more. I think the power companies should put this on their bills in big letters. Then Parliament might be forced to rethink its mad warmist dogma, and follow a sane power policy.

  1. tallbloke says:

    On the current trajectory, the greentax will treble by 2021 to knocking on a third of your (much increased) electricity bill; £216 out of the £700 average annual bill. We have to campaign to get the Climate Change Act target revised in the light of the new science which indicates CO2 isn’t the problem the politicians were led to believe it is.

  2. Looking at the current price hikes for electric I reckon a third rise is the conservative estimate. It is also only a matter of time before councils start employing chimney police to patrol areas that have a high proportion of wood burning stoves – the only thing that will keep people warm during electricity blackouts…

  3. dennisambler says:

    We need to get the Climate Change Act Repealed!

  4. George Let says:

    I have been following both sides of the climate change issue and I believe this is a fair assessment at this time:

    A. There is no credible evidence that what global warming there has been is due to anything more than natural cycles.

    B. There is credible evidence that agencies have manipulated (“adjusted”, “corrected”) data to make it look as if there is more warming then actual.

    C. There is credible scientific evidence that the earth’s climate will enter a cooling phase:

    D. There is no credible evidence that there are greater storms, droughts or floods than usual.

    E. There is no credible evidence that the Arctic, Antarctic, or Greenland is melting more than usual.

    F. There is no credible evidence that there is any unusual rise in ocean levels.

    G. There is no credible evidence that ocean acidification is happening or will be an issue.

    H There is no credible evidence that man-made CO2 has affected the climate, oceans, or weather.

  5. Neil Hampshire says:

    Diesel generators to supply the electricity for all the electric cars on the road.

  6. ivan says:

    dennisambler, not only repeal the Climate Change Act but all the other legislation that followed as well as revoking all subsidies for renewable energy.

    I would go further and say that any of the unreliables must quote a weekly supply amount and pay a fine if they don’t produce that much.

  7. tallbloke says:

    Dennis A: We need to get the Climate Change Act Repealed!

    Actually, it’s easier than that. The CCA2008 provides for a revision of the target of 80% CO2 emission reduction by 2050 on the grounds of significant changes to the science. So all we have to do is get the govt to agree that scientists like Hal Lewis (low sensitivity) or Ned Nikolov (zero sensitivity) are more likely correct than the ideologically driven IPCC and it’s game over.

  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘So all we have to do is get the govt to agree that scientists like Hal Lewis (low sensitivity) or Ned Nikolov (zero sensitivity) are more likely correct than the ideologically driven IPCC and it’s game over.’

    Yes and no. The govt is obliged to take into account the advice of the Climate Change Committee which has alarmist ideology built in to it.

  9. tallbloke says:

    OK, who appoints the members of the CCC?

  10. oldbrew says:

    As the CCC is an ‘independent body’ it can appoint whoever it likes AFAIK.

    Quote: ‘If you are aware of evidence we should take into account please get in touch.’

  11. tallbloke says:
    Following changes in the machinery of the UK Government in October 2008, the UK Government (i.e. DECC and the Devolved Administrations) have joint responsibility for the policy framework for mitigation

    DECC is no more, so I would guess this is now with BEIS and the devolved administrations.

  12. Curious George says:

    Climate change unbridled .. imagine the horror of sitting under palms on an English beach while enjoying a glass of English wine. It must be stopped at any – not almost any – price.

  13. oldbrew says:

    ‘It must be stopped at any – not almost any – price’

    With our trusty prayer wheels of course :/

    Take that, climate.

  14. Richard111 says:

    Nice picture oldbrew. I wonder how old the windmill is on the right? Bet it lasts longer than the big one.

  15. oldbrew says:

    The Sum of All Costs: Counting the True Costs of Intermittent Wind & Solar Power
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