Climate-industrial complex wasting £100 billion and shutting down debate – warns Lilley

Posted: March 5, 2018 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, government, greenblob, ideology, opinion
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Credit: Fenbeagle


Former Trade and Industry Minister, Peter Lilley warns that vested interests in the renewables industry, politicians of all parties, the bureaucracy and academia have together largely suppressed debate about their reckless waste of public money exposed by the government’s own Review of the Cost of Energy by Dieter Helm.

In a paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Peter Lilley highlights Professor Dieter Helm’s devastating critique, outlined in the Cost of Energy Review which was commissioned by the government.

“Helm shows that the Climate Change Act objective of cutting emissions of carbon dioxide could have been met for a fraction of the £100 billion so far committed, which has already raised the cost of energy by 20%.”

Lilley argues that, even more significant than the reckless waste of public money exposed by Professor Helm is the success of the vested interests – industrial, political, bureaucratic and academic – in dampening any debate about it.

“Normally waste on this scale would cause an outcry in Parliament and elsewhere. But the vested interests simply damned Helm’s review with faint praise and consigned it to oblivion.”

It is evidence, Lilley claims, that President Eisenhower’s famous warning against the power of not just the ‘military-industrial complex’ but also similar combinations in areas of civil policy is coming true.

“As Eisenhower presciently warned: ‘…a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity…The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded’. We are seeing the emergence in the UK of a powerful ‘climate-industrial complex’”.

“Moreover, if the climate-industrial complex can show such reckless disregard for basic economic truths, there is a danger that they may be equally careless in exaggerating the risks arising from global warming science (the basic truth of which, as a scientist, I entirely accept). Most scientists remain scrupulously objective in their own work. But they know it is more than their career is worth to question exaggerated claims others may make of the scale, speed or impact of global warming. So, alarmist claims go unchallenged while evidence that we could adapt to global warming rather than try to prevent it is played down.”

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The Helm Review and the Climate-Industrial Complex (pdf)

  1. Credit the GWPF. But illustration definitely Fen Beagle.

    (The politicians can have credit for the mess.)….I’ve tried to tell them. Believe me I’ve tried.

    [reply] amended, thanks 🙂

  2. oldbrew says:

    It’s not just the money but the damage to the environment of thousands of wind turbines with hefty concrete bases, access roads/tracks and connecting electricity pylons – often on scenic moorlands and coasts, or in cleared areas of forestry.

  3. tom0mason says:

    And when the light finally dawns on these numpties who foots the bill for the clear-up?

  4. Stuart Brown says:

    Tom – there never will be a clear up, but you have to give future archaeologists something to wonder at. Prayer wheels? Fans to blow the snow away?

  5. ivan says:

    Actually Stuart the ‘fans to blow the snow away’ is not as far fetched as it might seem.

    Down here on the France Spain boarder region many of the vineyards have driven propellers on poles used to stop the vines freezing at the wrong time.

  6. Kip Hansen says:

    The link to the helm report needs the “s” added to https:

    Click to access HelmReviewS.pdf

    [mod] fixed, thanks

  7. oldbrew says:

    80% gas, nuclear and coal at the moment (excluding any imports).

  8. waterside4 says:

    Whilst it is gratifying that we have at least one MP who can outline the stupidity of the great fraud,
    it is regrettable that Mr Lilley felt he had to state that “as a scientist I fully believe (the religion) of global warming” or something.
    I find it unbelievable that there is no one other than Nigel Farage who has the balls to tell the truth.

  9. oldbrew says:

    waterside – Sammy Wilson is an anti-AGW MP.

    Graham Stringer as well: ‘trustee of the GWPF’.

  10. waterside4 says:

    Thanks for reminding me Oldbrew.
    But but — when is the last time we have heard any voice of reason spoken in the Halls of Westminister on this subject? We used to have Lord Donohue in the ‘other’ place make an occasional contribution but, if he is still there, maddeningly quiet on this fraud of national significance.
    I am thinking of my grandchildrens rightful derision directed back to us when the truth finally escapes

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