Sir Ian Byatt: The economic consequences of UK climate change policies

Posted: December 8, 2017 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, government, ideology
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We’re told Peter Lilley MP ‘calculates a cumulative cost of over £10,000 per household between 2014 and 2030’. Much pain, little gain, no sense of economic reality? Many electricity customers can’t afford these massive and largely avoidable extra costs mandated by the targets of the UK Climate Change Act, in the vain hope of altering the weather.

Sir Ian Byatt, British economist, former Government advisor and a member of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council, is presenting a paper today at a climate conference organised by L’association des Climato-Réalistes in Paris, reports The GWPF.

Abstract: The climate change policy of successive British governments are damaging the UK economy.

The UK is unique in having ambitions (80% by 2050) targets for reducing emission of CO2 embedded in a Climate Change Act, and monitored by a Parliamentary committee.

Climate change policy could reduce average individual household income by more than £10,000 over a period from 2014 to 2030, or more if targets for electric cars are also to be met.

Methods used to reduce CO2 emissions have destroyed the market for electrical power generation opened up by privatisation, which had earlier reduced electricity prices to customers.

The UK is mired in the policies of the environmental NGOs. We need a wider analysis, taking proper account of the economic predicaments of the West.

Economic Consequences of Climate Change Policies
UK Economy mired in Green Aspirations.

I am delighted to be here, in this distinguished company. I will talk about the UK; its climate policy implications and costs; our experience on electricity prices; why we got there; and how we might begin to get out.

Where are we in the UK?

We are trapped in a mess of our own making, involving harmful intervention in our economic and political life. The Establishment has painted itself into a corner with unrealistic and expensive commitments. In the words of the Prince of Wales in the 1920s, to a policy of “something needs to be done”, in this case to save the planet.

Successive British governments embrace the official policy consensus. Pressure groups, the environmental NGOs, and the science lobby, including the Royal Society (nullius in verba?) have persuaded the establishment, including the current Prince of Wales, that the UK should be an international example of virtuous behaviour.

The bien pensant liberals have swallowed enough of this for the enlightened scepticism advocated by David Hume to be widely labelled “denial” – much as it was labelled atheism in his lifetime.

We are fortunate, however, in having the work of Rupert Darwall, David Henderson, Nigel Lawson, Peter Lilley, Benny Peiser and Matt Ridley, attempting to set the record straight. I bring you their greetings.

The UK is unique in setting targets for reduction in CO2 emissions in legislation, with government claims to be on target to meet them.

Continued here.

  1. wolsten says:

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    This should be required reading for all our green friends.

    [reply] friends?

  2. p.g.sharrow says:

    The successful operation to remove carbon dioxide from the environment has been mandated !
    Even if the economic patient dies, Ecoloons have won the argument and winning is the only thing…pg

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    of course it’s a religion, and pols have caught on that they can become the Imams of the Climate Caliphate and lead the sheep around wherever they want merely by raising the Green Standard against the Satanic Gases. Of course they lead them to (economic) slaughter in favor of their cronies.

    I love the quote about “cultural amnesia”. How apt. For libs, history started yesterday. Add in to the mix they are SO-O-O-O-O much smarter than all the libs that went before and they will fall for the Charlie Brown football trick time after time – peak oil, the ozone hole, DDT, the China syndrome, etc., etc.

  4. R. Johnson says:

    Liberals are destroying our financial freedom and personal freedom to reduce a small portion of the CO2 we produce in the hope of changing the climate? It’s totally ridiculous and will have zero impact on climate or weather. Fighting “climate change” is the biggest scam in world history, a tool of the globalist devils to enslave all people. If it weren’t for the huge monetary windfall to governments through energy and carbon taxes it would have been relegated to the dust bin years ago.