Boris goes full speed ahead for Britain’s economic suicide

Posted: February 4, 2020 by tallbloke in climate, Emissions, Energy, fuel poverty, government, greenblob, Incompetence, Obituary, Politics
Apologies to Josh

Today, the UK government will commit to destroying the nation’s economy. It published this suicide note on its website.

The Prime Minister will today, Tuesday 4 February, launch the next UN climate conference COP26, joined by Sir David Attenborough and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at an event in central London.

At the event, he will set out the UK’s position as a world leader in the response to climate change, having made a legal commitment to achieve net zero emissions, and call all nations to strive towards this goal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

Hosting COP26 is an important opportunity for the UK and nations across the globe to step up in the fight against climate change. As we set out our plans to hit our ambitious 2050 net zero target across this year, so we shall urge others to join us in pledging net zero emissions.

There can be no greater responsibility than protecting our planet, and no mission that a Global Britain is prouder to serve. 2020 must be the year we turn the tide on global warming– it will be the year when we choose a cleaner, greener future for all.

The Prime Minister will use the speech to call for international efforts to reach net zero as early as possible through investment in cleaner, greener technology, preservation of our natural habitat and measures to improve resilience to climate change impact.

At the event, which will also be attended by Sir David Attenborough, the Prime Minister will reinforce his commitment to tackling climate change and biodiversity loss simultaneously, recognising the important role of the restoration of nature in his vision.

Demonstrating the UK’s urgent action to reduce emissions, the Government plans to bring forward an end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2035, or earlier if a faster transition is feasible, subject to consultation, as well as including hybrids for the first time.

The Government will continue to work with all sectors of industry to accelerate the rollout of zero emission vehicles – helping to deliver new green jobs in the UK.

Business and Energy Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:

The UK has a proud record in tackling climate change and making the most of the enormous economic potential of clean technologies.

This is my number one priority, and we will raise our ambition in this year of climate action, including with new plans to decarbonise every sector, enabling a greener future for all our children.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:

This government’s £1.5bn strategy to make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible is working – last year alone, a fully electric car was sold every 15 minutes.

We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.

The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Conte will lead the discussion on the fight against climate change as part of the larger global alliance which makes up COP26.

Later this month, Italy will host the meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Rome ahead of this year’s critical biodiversity summit, COP15, when countries from around the world are due to agree on a new global framework to protect plants and wildlife.

Today’s launch will also kick off a Year of Climate Action, with events to take place in all four nations of the UK, and businesses and charities encouraged to participate in the run-up to the summit in Glasgow in November.

  1. tallbloke says:

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Boris takes us out of the EU on Friday, and commits to climate policy insanity the following Tuesday.

    I’m so tired of this crap.

  2. tallbloke says:

    Ed’s not happy about Boris sacking Claire Perry O Neill

    Apparently, She said something off-message about Paris being a dead duck…

  3. tallbloke says:

    Carbon Brief interview with Chris Stark, the unelectable head of the CCC

  4. Mack says:

    We’re all doomed! Interesting how Boris was banging on only yesterday in his Greenwich speech about leading the charge for an international free trade explosion and today he wants to send the modern economies of the world into reverse with all this green tomfoolery. Well, I think I’ve managed to join all the dots. From henceforth, the UK will be the world leader in the manufacture of, cur drum roll… chariots and galleons. Marvellous!

  5. tallbloke says:

  6. tallbloke says:

  7. oldbrew says:

    the Government plans to bring forward an end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2035

    They must be planning to retire before then, leaving somebody else to deal with the mess.
    – – –
    OFGEM Wants To Rip Out Your Central Heating & Put 10m EVs On The Road By 2030
    FEBRUARY 3, 2020

    And it is proposing that owners of electric cars charge them through the night when power is cheap and then sell it back to the national grid at a higher price at peak periods.

    By Paul Homewood

    And then buy it back again at an even higher price later in the day 🙄

  8. Dunc. says:

    This is more about the redistribution of the wealth the working class has accumulated over the last half a century than to the green agenda, environmentalism is just a handy excuse to take that wealth off us again and hand it to business to keep the economy afloat.

  9. ivan says:

    Ah, it appears that I was correct when I said that Boris would be told what to do by his green girlfriend. The guy is an idiot if he can’t see just how wrong this is for the country.

    The other question is just how many of the overstuffed civil service are following the green mantra of the beyond sell by date of the UN and/or are following the green new deal of the EU?

  10. oldbrew says:

    Students Demanded Divestment From Fossil Fuels, A Professor Offered To Turn Off The Gas Heating
    January 31, 2020
    = = =
    COP26: PM ‘doesn’t get’ climate change, says sacked president
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC environment analyst
    1 hour ago

    So why is he backing such worse than useless policies?

  11. Saighdear says:

    TO comment sensibly is like partaking in a bad nightmare: listening to bbc around lunchtime today – Autotrader interview, Heathrow comments Flying not the problem, etc etc. as some say “FFS – there is nothing wrong with the climate, nor is there a CO2 problem, etc etc.” Is everyone on hallucinating drugs? very much looks like it – stop the rot.
    Met office can’t even forecast N Scotland properly – weather is NOTHING LIKE what they are all on about – Changing Climate is called Seasons. Since my Grandad was a boy, they spoke of the seasons changing – and still seem to be 6 months out -of-sync.

  12. JB says:

    “Anyone who wants to rule men first tries to humiliate them, to trick them out of their rights and their capacity for resistance, until they are as powerless before him as animals…. He uses them like animals and, even if he does not tell them so, in himself he always knows quite clearly that they mean just as little to him; when he speaks to his intimates he will call them sheep or cattle. His ultimate aim is to incorporate them into himself and to suck the substance out of them. What remains of them afterwards does not matter to him. The worse he has treated them, the more he despises them. When they are no more use at all, he disposes of them as he does of his excrement, simply seeing to it that they do not poison the air of his house.” p210 Crowds and Power, Elias Canetti

    Is not the behavior of Boris and genre to be anticipated? Or are we still, still, looking for fidelity (aka angels) in politics?

  13. Chaswarnertoo says:

    They have jumped the shark. Total insanity.

  14. pochas94 says:

    It’s Trump’s fault. He’s sucked all of the common sense out of Europe.

  15. Stephen Richards says:

    We still need that pragmatic, pro-UK government that serves the people and not the big corporations. Whatever you do don’t let go of the BREXIT / Reform party.

    I’m coming to live in the UK as soon as I’ve sold my house. I will be joining the Reform party and hopefully working tirelessly for it’s success

  16. Stephen Richards says:

    I just listened to

    tallbloke says: February 4, 2020 at 9:15 am

    I cannot believe the stupidity of that man. That is way beyond stupid. It is on Voyager 2 and passing into interstella space. I’m in utter despair that that idiot is in a position to make a policy designed to destroy the UK economy within the next 10 years.


  17. oldbrew says:

    It gets worse…

    A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans.
    . . .
    Mr Johnson said the ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars would come even earlier than 2035, if possible.

    Hybrid vehicles are also now being included in the proposals, which were originally announced in July 2017.

    People will only be able to buy electric or hydrogen cars and vans, once the ban comes into effect. [bold added]
    – – –
    How are the billions from fuel taxes going to be replaced?

  18. tallbloke supporter says:

    “I’m so tired of this crap.”

    Yep – it’s as if Boris never got the memo:

    It strikes me the May Government saw the writing on the wall that Brexit would happen and so they pushed through the “net zero by 2050” legislation to ensure that we’d have to be in lockstep with the EU regardless.

    In my opinion, every new conservative MP needs to be given a careful questioning on these policies and the (lack of) supporting cost benefit analyses.

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    The foundation of science — the very idea of unchanging “natural laws” — rests upon the fact of the world’s designed stability.

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  20. stpaulchuck says:

    I feel sorry for my Brit cousins, the Euroweenies not so much.

    This green monster needs to be stopped. Unfortunately way too many people do not have the ability to sort out science from science fiction so they go on their emotions and the desire to be liked by their peers. They join every crusade that comes down the pike including the green monster. Once the mob has latched onto some fad or other anyone who tries to go against it will be nullified after being ripped to metaphorical shreds for their apostasy..

  21. Luc Ozade says:

    I’m seriously considering baling out of this mess. I’ve had enough. But where to go, that is the question? Especially to keep English as my language. I feel that I’m too damned old to take any more of this crap.

  22. Luc Ozade says:

    If anyone else wants to join me it will be unnecessary to ask the last one leaving to turn the lights out – because there won’t be any lights left on.

  23. E.M.Smith says:

    I can only hope the truth is a more mundane lie. Perhaps that Saudi Arabia is running out of oil (thus the selling of ARAMCO) and by 2035 the foreign exchange needed to buy oil from Iran & Russia (not to mention political dependence) is predicted to be insanely high.

    But wasn’t there s huge oil find? Near Gatwick?

    It just really does seem like crazy talk. The electric grid is inadequate and failure prone, so lets double the demand on it?

    I think someone needs to consult a power engineer…

  24. tom0mason says:

    Just more nonsense from the metropolitan elites.
    Sure you maybe able to wire-up the big urban conurbations with charging points (at some considerable cost, and power management difficulties) but over the whole country? I think not!
    Where is the cost/benefit analysis for this madness? How are we going to pay and power all these battery vehicles? Consumer choice is once again subsumed by government diktat!

    As far as I can see from the government documents … ,
    it’s all about virtue signaling with announcements that are stupider than any other EU country.

  25. Saighdear says:

    Tuesday: folk who can, should be listening to the Jer.Vine show ( Ch 5, UK )discussing ‘about forcing drivers to scrap non-eco cars’….. More nonsense than sense ?

  26. oldbrew says:

    They like to conflate pollution with climate, so anyone who objects to mad climate policies – which will have no noticeable effect on the climate – can be framed as not caring about pollution.

    All part of the propaganda service from climate alarm inc – you’re welcome.

  27. Dave Ward says:

    “I’m seriously considering baling out of this mess. I’ve had enough. But where to go, that is the question? Especially to keep English as my language. I feel that I’m too damned old to take any more of this crap”

    My thoughts exactly!

  28. tallbloke says:

  29. tallbloke says:

  30. phil salmon says:

    That interview with Gormless Gove is priceless!
    This wretched episode has fiasco written all over it.
    What happens when they “discover” that electric fields from electric car motors cause diseases to passengers…
    Then it’s back to horses or donkeys – like Michael Gove.

  31. Saighdear says:

    Yes, ………. Michael Gove …………from Aberdeen. not a true Aberdonian then is he?

    Better Go’ an’ publish the discovery about Electric Fields causing diseases BEFORE it’s too late.

    Press! ? anyone ? Where’s the Media guys ( gullible reporters in other words ) huh no one here ? talking to Mirrors again !

  32. oldbrew says:

    Climate Models Are Running Red Hot, and Scientists Don’t Know Why

    Bloomberg February 3, 2020
    – – –
    Choking on adjusted data perhaps?

  33. Paul Vaughan says:

    The Party

    Dynamic stability won’t look static.

    “Changes aren’t permanent, but change is” — Rush

    There’s a long history of words not meaning anything in terms of future action, so numbers give us a more beautiful lens for buoyant focus on the high seize of democracy.

    Beat of tropical and sidereal years:

    25760.4349434063 = (1.00001743371442)*(0.999978614647502) / (1.00001743371442 – 0.999978614647502)

    -51520.8698868125 = -2*25760.4349434063
    -51520.8698868125 ~= (1/de Vries)^3 – (Φ√5)^(√5/Hale)

    22.139216638166 = φ(φφ)^e = 1/Hale

    207.779107795727 = ( (Φ√5)^((√5)*22.139216638166) – 51520.8698868125 ) ^ (1/3)

    207.777451493904 = de Vries slip cycle estimate from Jupiter-Earth-Venus cycles using Seidelmann (1992) (see Suggestions and links for full detail)

    0.000149377593983686 = log-scale %error

    Nature will go on being beautiful. Spirits soar while wordsmiths negotiate trade deals before cycles slip another 180 degrees. Irrational stability isn’t necessarily static.

    “Changes aren’t permanent, but change is” — Rush

    Recall Ramanujan’s “mathematical achievement”. That method can be generalized.

    The Party is just beginning.

  34. Paul Vaughan says:

    Rational Rulers Fold Royal Credibility

    “Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven” — Led Zeppelin

    Irrationally bluff charge reminds US that Mercury folds.

    0.240846697327135 = 1/Me
    0.615197263396975 = 1/V
    1.00001743371442 = 1/E
    11.8626151546089 = 1/J
    Nodal periods are half.

    0.122918972794551 = (5.93130757730447)*(0.120423348663567) / (5.93130757730447 – 0.120423348663567)
    0.324423278766453 = (5.93130757730447)*(0.307598631698488) / (5.93130757730447 – 0.307598631698488)
    0.546039827160099 = (5.93130757730447)*(0.500008716857211) / (5.93130757730447 – 0.500008716857211)

    0.799344779748523 = (0.546039827160099)*(0.324423278766453) / (0.546039827160099 – 0.324423278766453)

    ⌊ 0.324423278766453 / 0.122918972794551 ⌉ = ⌊2.63932630895558⌉ = 3
    0.324423278766453 / 3 = 0.108141092922151
    i.e. harmonic of 0.324423278766453 nearest 0.122918972794551 is 0.324423278766453 / 3 = 0.108141092922151
    0.899492496464065 = (0.122918972794551)*(0.108141092922151) / (0.122918972794551 – 0.108141092922151)

    ⌊ 0.899492496464065 / 0.799344779748523 ⌉ = ⌊1.12528725933138⌉ = 1
    0.899492496464065 / 1 = 0.899492496464065
    i.e. harmonic of 0.899492496464065 nearest 0.799344779748523 is 0.899492496464065 / 1 = 0.899492496464065
    7.1794410801573 = (0.899492496464065)*(0.799344779748523) / (0.899492496464065 – 0.799344779748523)

    22.1392314983835 / 7.1794410801573 ⌉ = ⌊3.08369847334947⌉ = 3
    22.1392314983835 / 3 = 7.37974383279451
    i.e. harmonic of 22.1392314983835 nearest 7.1794410801573 is 22.1392314983835 / 3 = 7.37974383279451
    264.511771988293 = (7.37974383279451)*(7.1794410801573) / (7.37974383279451 – 7.1794410801573)

    ⌊ 264.511771988293 / 18.0145390590912 ⌉ = ⌊14.6832384176272⌉ = 15
    264.511771988293 / 15 = 17.6341181325529
    i.e. harmonic of 264.511771988293 nearest 18.0145390590912 is 264.511771988293 / 15 = 17.6341181325529
    835.05003986555 = (18.0145390590912)*(17.6341181325529) / (18.0145390590912 – 17.6341181325529)

    835.546575435631 = long Jupiter-Saturn cycle
    -0.00883521732456048 = log-scale %error

    Sidestepping insistent agents provocateurs, EU’11 C by piece We’11 Φnd R geometric wei to peace from the | absolutely rejected | vile ant red line crossed by establish meant PI×IT.

    R other Mercury slip cycle Can. royal out more’s at turn 4 C:

    ⌊ 18.0145390590912 / 7.1794410801573 ⌉ = ⌊2.50918405178924⌉ = 3
    18.0145390590912 / 3 = 6.0048463530304
    i.e. harmonic of 18.0145390590912 nearest 7.1794410801573 is 18.0145390590912 / 3 = 6.0048463530304
    36.7032471637526 = (7.1794410801573)*(6.0048463530304) / (7.1794410801573 – 6.0048463530304)

    ⌊ 9.0072695295456 / 7.1794410801573 ⌉ = ⌊1.25459202589462⌉ = 1
    9.0072695295456 / 1 = 9.0072695295456
    i.e. harmonic of 9.0072695295456 nearest 7.1794410801573 is 9.0072695295456 / 1 = 9.0072695295456
    35.3792287794351 = (9.0072695295456)*(7.1794410801573) / (9.0072695295456 – 7.1794410801573)

    980.751169119102 = (36.7032471637526)*(35.3792287794351) / (36.7032471637526 – 35.3792287794351)

    980.291142678036 from Jupiter-Earth-Venus cycles
    0.00681149085144336 = log-scale %error

    “Rational” rulers miss given irrational stability:

    0.240846697327135 = 1/Me
    0.240861153767165 = beat of 1/J with ΦΦΦ
    -0.00421620074080776 = log-scale %error

    Did anyone 4 C Mercury was forced “buy jove!” to fit gove in meant R oilers at turn?

    “Yes there are 2 paths EU Can. go buy
    but in the long run there’s still time to change the road Eur. on” — Led 22a plan….

  35. gallopingcamel says:

    I was hoping Boris would be against stupid government.

    My dear countrymen are already paying twice as much for electricity as I am (relocated to North Carolina) and if you drink the Greenie Koolaid you will soon be paying three times as much.

  36. Bruckner8 says:

    How is this any different than having May in there? I mean, wasn’t the Brexit deal similar to hers anyway? She must be dumbstruck.

  37. gallopingcamel says:

    Currently I am paying $2.09 per gallon for petrol. Assuming 0.2641729 liters to the US gallon and $1.30 to the pound that works out at 72p per liter. I suspect you are paying more than that.

    Yesterday I paid $17.95 for a 1.75 liter bottle of cooking scotch (Clan McGregor). That works out at about 13.33 pounds per liter. Correcting for the fact that it is 80 proof versus your 70 proof the price would be 11.67 pounds per liter.

    Given that your country produced the scotch I imagine that it must be cheaper in the UK.

    I remember buying a pint of beer for one shilling (5p in the new currency) back in 1956. I suspect that the price has risen 100 fold since then. Maybe taxes are a factor?

    I gave up smoking cigarettes in 1956 but I do smoke an occasional cigar. Cigars are cheap here too!

  38. oldbrew says:

    Is Britain’s Climate Change Plan Too Ambitious?
    By Jon LeSage – Feb 05, 2020

    You bet. Bankruptcy and/or failure beckons 😐

  39. oldbrew says:

    Another burst of climate miserablism…

    Climate change: Clean tech ‘won’t solve warming in time’
    By Roger Harrabin
    BBC environment analyst
    6 February 2020

    ‘Breakthrough technologies such as carbon capture and hydrogen cannot be relied on to help the UK meet its climate change targets, a report says.

    The government had hoped that both technologies would contribute to emissions reductions required by 2050.

    But the report’s authors say ministers should assume that neither carbon capture and storage (CCS) nor hydrogen will be running “at scale” by 2050.

    They say the government must start a debate on other, controversial steps.

    These actions, which they say would need to be implemented in the near-term, include cutting down on flying and eating red meat.’

    There go the burgers and foreign trips – so much for an end to austerity :/

  40. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:

    In 2019, there were 31.7million cars registered to drive on British roads. In that year, 2.3million new cars were registered. At that rate, replacing all of the existing stock of cars would take roughly 14 years…Let’s assume that, from 2035, we’ll be adding 2.3million new electric cars to the roads each year instead of petrol and diesel cars. What are the practical difficulties with doing that?
    to further complicate matters, batteries gradually lose their capacity to hold charge over time. They have to be replaced at the cost of thousands of pounds every few years. (The warranties covering battery replacement vary by manufacturer: Tesla, for instance, offers an eight-year warranty, but the Renault Zoe is covered for just three years.)
    it is worth noting that motoring taxation is a big source of revenue for the Treasury. According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, motoring brings in £40 billion per year (around five per cent of all government revenue), mostly in fuel taxes. If that taxation disappears, what will replace it?
    where will the power come from and how will it reach us? Eventually shifting all the energy for cars from oil to electricity means producing much more electricity.
    Unless we want to coat the landscape in wind turbines, which are unreliable in any event, we’ll need other sources of power. More nuclear? Fine by me. But will eco-warriors stand for that? Even if we can produce the juice, having lots of cars charging in the same area may overwhelm the local electricity networks. Who is going to pay for the upgrade?
    And all this from a government that still can’t implement something as comparatively easy as Universal Credit – the Tories’ flagship welfare policy that was supposed to be rolled out by 2017. HS2 and the third Heathrow runway are also struggling to get off the ground. Why should we trust that the same people can revolutionise the transport network?

    Fully electric vehicles, while seeing an increase in demand, accounted for just 38,000 of the 2.3 million cars sold in the U.K. last year, according to figures from the trade group. That’s despite the ever-increasing range of models available without an internal combustion engine.

  41. oldbrew says:

    The trouble hasn’t started yet. The proposed policy is unfeasible, unnecessary and unpopular.

    Foolish Climate Obsession Threatens To Turn Drivers and Voters Against Boris
    Date: 05/02/20 The Daily Telegraph

    Buyers left fuming as Government outlaws hybrid cars.

    The 330,443 people who have bought a new hybrid-powered car in the past two years are now wondering if they have been misled as to the environmental credentials of their transport choices.

    In a classic case of “greenwashing”, it turns out that the cars they bought in good faith as better for the environment than conventional petrol- or diesel-engined models might now not be as clean as they had been led to believe.
    – – –
    The Government’s Hybrid Car Fiasco Shows The UK Is Nowhere Near A Coherent Environmental Policy
    Date: 07/02/20 The Daily Telegraph

    After confidently telling motorists for decades that certain types of vehicle were better for the environment, our politicians now plan to penalise those same drivers by government fiat.
    – – –
    How long before they decide electric car batteries are full of dodgy substances too?

  42. oldbrew says:

    Only 44% of vehicles globally are cars or vans.
    60% of petroleum goes to transport fuels (shipping, big trucks etc.).

  43. tallbloke supporter says:

    …Transforming a society that is entirely based on carbon, to a society that no longer needs carbon as a basis for it’s functioning, is of a tectonic nature. This happens at a time when digitalisation is revolutionising all sorts of structures. If we do not understand that this is not just an economic change, this is not just a change in how we produce and live, this will affect every single institution upon which society is based and that helps society function as it does. And if we do not understand that we have a collective responsibility in preparing all these institutions, to handle this and to leave no one behind and to take everyone on board, then we understand how epic this challenge is. And then we also understand that disciplining ourselves along this path to 2030, 2040, 2050, through a climate law, is essential to make sure we deliver on this and to make sure we can correct whenever necessary….

    Extract from Frans Timmermans opening speech at last week’s conference on the European climate law:

    Unlike Boris, I can’t say that I feel a rosy glow of optimism.