PM’s “green industrial revolution” plan hits the road — subsidies all round

Posted: November 18, 2020 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, greenblob, net zero, Subsidies
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Image credit: BBC


Of course the assumption behind most of this is that the climate needs ‘saving’ from the demonic trace gas CO2, according to failing climate models anyway. We’ll skip most of the BBC commentary and show the main points of the plan. The expressed aim is ‘to put the UK on track to meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2050’. No sign of the eye-watering costs, in this report at least.
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New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, Boris Johnson has said.

But some hybrids would still be allowed, he confirmed.

It is part of what the prime minister calls a “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear.

Critics of the plan say the £4bn allocated is far too small for the scale of the challenge.

The total amount of new money announced in the package is a 25th of the projected £100bn cost of high-speed rail, HS2.
. . .
The PM’s 10-point plan

#1 Offshore wind: Produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the UK, quadrupling how much it produces to 40 gigawatts by 2030, and supporting up to 60,000 jobs.

#2 Hydrogen: Have five gigawatts of “low carbon” hydrogen production capacity by 2030 – for industry, transport, power and homes – and develop the first town heated by the gas by the end of the decade.

#3 Nuclear: Pushing nuclear power as a clean energy source and including provision for a large nuclear plant, as well as for advanced small nuclear reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.

#4 Electric vehicles: Phasing out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and investing in grants to help buy cars and charge point infrastructure.

#5 Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport for the future.

#6 Jet zero and greener maritime: Supporting research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.

#7 Homes and public buildings: Making homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, including a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.

#8 Carbon capture: Developing world-leading technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030 – equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber.

#9 Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment, with plans to include planting 30,000 hectares of trees a year.

#10 Innovation and finance: Developing cutting-edge technologies and making the City of London the global centre of green finance.
. . .
Talkshop note: The report ends with some of the usual suspects, so to speak, claiming it’s nowhere near enough.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    And if the climate turns noticeably cooler before 2030?
    What happens when a substantial number of the voters says “it is all a scam”?

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    The watermelons’ insanity worsens.

  3. wilpretty says:

    This is just words from a politician.
    Society has great inertia, change will be slow.
    Vast sums were spent to roll out Smart Meters.
    I do not have one , nor am I likely to have one.

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, Boris Johnson has said.’

    New car dealerships springing up in Calais?

  5. tallbloke says:

    This “Full response” amounts to this two paragraph statement. Colour me underwhelmed.

    In response to the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan, Emma Pinchbeck, Energy UK’s chief executive said:

    “We can only reach the Net Zero target with efforts on all fronts, so we welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment in the 10 Point Plan today. The energy industry will power delivery on most of the Prime Minister’s bold targets, like those for electric vehicles, heat pumps, and energy efficiency – and on the investment in technologies, like hydrogen, nuclear and wind. Businesses see the massive potential for showing global leadership on the green economy as we also host the UN climate change negotiations in 2021 and rebuild after the pandemic.

    “The energy industry has led the way in reducing the UK’s emissions and we stand ready to play a central role in this Green Industrial Revolution. As the Prime Minister has said: this isn’t just about conservation, but creating 250,000 jobs: ambitious policies will bring investment, employment, and lasting benefits to all parts of the country, to communities and to the environment.”

  6. oldbrew says:

    Offshore wind: Produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the UK, quadrupling how much it produces to 40 gigawatts by 2030.

    Call it 3650 days from now.
    Extra 30 GW according to the plan = 30,000 MW.
    30000 / 3650 = > 8.2 MW per day of new turbines.

    If they’re all really big ones it might average one a day, for ten years. They would have to find places to put them.

    Does anyone believe that will happen?

    the average generating capacity of newly installed wind turbines in the United States in 2018 was 2.4 MW
    https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/2018-wind-technologies-market-report

    quadrupling how much it produces to 40 gigawatts by 2030
    – on an annual basis perhaps, but any amount of variability can and will occur all the time.

  7. Gamecock says:

    ‘Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel’

    Not how government works. They will make other ways unattractive. E.g.:

    ‘Accelerate the transition to electric vehicles’ by taking away petrol vehicles. You won’t buy EVs because you want to, but because you have to.

    The 10-point plan is a list of ideas – talking points – with no connection to reality.

    ‘#1 Offshore wind: Produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the UK’

    So when the wind stops blowing, EVERY HOME IN THE UK WILL BE WITHOUT POWER.

  8. tallbloke says:

    Ah but Boris has a plan for that. When the wind stops blowing, we’ll all share the 5GW of low carbon Hydrogen the spare capacity from all these wind turbines.

  9. spetzer86 says:

    So he’s going to make the entire grid less efficient (as noted by the increase in people required), increase costs all around, and make your gas grid more likely to go “pop!” at random intervals. That’s quite a guy you’ve got there.

  10. ivan says:

    It is part of what the prime minister calls a “green industrial revolution”

    Let’s get it right, ‘It is part of what the prime minister calls a “green de-industrial revolution”’ or how to go back to the year1740 in one easy move.

    BoJo is no longer running the country – Carrie Symonds and her green friends are. What a way to run a country!

  11. ed says:

    Catastrophic Lunacy

  12. pochas94 says:

    I guess the theory is that, even with no actual benefits, the economy will grow, jobs for all. The idea has merit, until printing all that money causes inflation that makes everybody poor. Like in Germany.

  13. tallbloke says:

    Full Govt 10 point plan doc is here:

  14. oldbrew says:

    At least point 3 makes some sense.

    Point 3: Delivering New and Advanced Nuclear Power
    – – –
    Lord Lawson criticises Prime Minister Johnson for being ‘economically illiterate’
    Date: 18/11/20

    In a statement on Boris Johnson’s plans for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution,’ Lord Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:

    If the Government were trying to damage the economy they couldn’t be doing it better.

    Moreover, the job creation mantra is economically illiterate. A programme to erect statues of Boris in every town and village in the land would also ‘create jobs’ but that doesn’t make it a sensible thing to do.”

    https://www.thegwpf.com/lord-lawson-criticises-prime-minister-johnson-for-being-economically-illiterate/

  15. oldbrew says:

    The prime minister made it clear that his plans aim to create jobs and address climate change at the same time.

    So already 50% doomed.
    – – –
    More from the climate madhouse…

    NOVEMBER 17, 2020
    Climate change bigger threat than COVID: Red Cross

    https://phys.org/news/2020-11-climate-bigger-threat-covid-red.html

  16. pochas94 says:

    Oldbrew: “Point 3: Delivering New and Advanced Nuclear Power”
    That does make sense, but only as a research project. Build a demonstration plant. But consider it of no economic benefit, of benefit only to increase scientific knowledge, like the ITER project.

  17. oldbrew says:

    pochas – there are 2 parts to the nuclear plan, see p.16 of 38.

    One is the development of the SMRs, the other is this:

    We are also committing up to £170 million for a research and development
    programme on Advanced Modular Reactors. These reactors could operate at over
    800°C and the high-grade heat could unlock efficient production of hydrogen and synthetic
    fuels, complementing our investments in carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS),
    hydrogen and offshore wind. Our aim is to build a demonstrator by the early 2030s at the
    latest to prove the potential of this technology and put the UK at the cutting edge against
    international competitors.

    – – –
    Carbophobia can justify many costs, it seems. And the bills get dumped on the citizens of course.

  18. oldbrew says:

    Germany is on the path to green failure…

    2020 / November / 17 / Pie In The Sky…Germany’s Green Energy Scheme Will Fail From “Astronomical Cost”, Says Energy Expert

    The German transformation to green energies will fail due to wind power
    By Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt

    2/3 of Germany would end up plastered with wind turbines

    Two thirds of Germany would now be outfitted with 200-meter tall rotating wind turbines at a distance of 1000m, no matter if there is a city, a river or a highway, a forest, a lake or a nature reserve.

    Can we and policymakers imagine such a Germany?

    https://notrickszone.com/2020/11/17/pie-in-the-sky-germanys-green-energy-scheme-will-fail-from-astronomical-cost-says-energy-expert/
    – – –
    If people find electricity is getting expensive now, they won’t like 2030/2040/2050 at all. That goes for anywhere pursuing the irrelevant absurdity of ‘net zero’.

  19. pochas94 says:

    At least it’s only £170 million and the US taxpayer won’t pay for it. Which isn’t right. It should be a cooperative effort. Spread the costs.

  20. oldbrew says:

    No such thing as an *investment* in carbon capture.

  21. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Where the hell are all the adults hiding in the UK? For the sake of the country, please put your heads above the parapet and risk taking some flak, or you will sink with Barmy Boris’ ship of state. (sorry for the mixed metaphor)

  22. oldbrew says:

    = = =
    ‘Marginal reductions’…’very high cost’…spot the pattern.

  23. oldbrew says:

    ‘Creating green jobs’ by subsidising everything isn’t a viable economic policy.
    – – –
    Boris’s “Green Industrial Revolution” is Economic Lockdown, for ever…
    Date: 18/11/20 Global Warming Policy Forum

    The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) today described the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ as shallow gesture politics, but a gesture with severely negative economic implications from day one into the foreseeable future.
    . . .
    Chairman Boris’s Great Leap Forward will also fail to deliver the goods because, like all “economic planning”, it is an incoherent utopian dream unconstrained by economic and physical realities and a mess of unaffordable and incompatible goals.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/boriss-green-industrial-revolution-is-economic-lockdown-for-ever/

  24. Phoenix44 says:

    I’m looking forward to him making walking both quicker and less tiring. Those are the main problems I have with it. Oh and with the ability to carry more as well.

  25. Coeur de Lion says:

    The IONITI European charging company run by several hi-end car manufacturers charges 0.69 eurocents per KWh. A Nissan Leaf has 40 KWh battery. Full top up is therefore about £30 for say 180 miles. My Adblu diesel Picasso pays £20 car tax and goes 450 miles for about £55. Bargain bargain!
    I’m wrapping one in bubble wrap for my senior grandchild.

  26. oldbrew says:

    Coeur de Lion – will diesel still be on sale to the public by then? Some alternative might work.

  27. oldbrew says:

    From the ultra-warmists at The Conversation:

    Renewable energy technologies have developed drastically in recent years, with improved efficiency and lower cost. But one major barrier to their uptake is the fact that they don’t provide a constant supply of energy. Wind and solar farms only produce energy when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining – but we need electricity around the clock, every day. Ultimately, we need a way to store energy on a large scale before we can make the switch to renewable sources.

    https://theconversation.com/solar-power-stations-in-space-could-be-the-answer-to-our-energy-needs-150007
    – – –
    Then they propose:
    A possible way around this would be to generate solar energy in space.

  28. oldbrew says:

    ‘There’s a bit of a “Let them eat wind farms” feel to this new greenery,’ says a backbencher.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/boris-in-a-spin-can-the-pm-find-his-way-again

  29. Coeur de Lion says:

    Response to Oldbrew – there will be plenty of diesel around for commercial traffic. I’m expecting the horrid facts to start puncturing this nonsense in due course. As CO2 continues to rise at the same rate. As it’s realised that a subsidised green job is not a job. As it gets colder.

  30. oldbrew says:

    NOVEMBER 19, 2020
    GM: New batteries cut electric car costs, increase range

    General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those powered by gasoline within five years. The technology also will increase the range per charge to as much as 450 miles.

    https://techxplore.com/news/2020-11-gm-batteries-electric-car-range.html

  31. Gamecock says:

    ‘General Motors says a pending breakthrough in battery chemistry’

    Pending. Do it, then talk about it.

    ‘will cut the price of its electric vehicles so they equal those powered by gasoline within five years’

    And wind power is cheaper than coal.

    ‘The announcement Thursday shows how fast electric vehicle technology is evolving’

    The BS is approaching the speed of sound.

    ‘and how it may become the primary fuel for transportation sooner than almost anyone believed.’

    Pending. May. Might. All to get you to believe their electrified future is possible. It’s not.

  32. oldbrew says:

    Britain ‘not set up’ for recycling car batteries
    22 November 2020

    If not, the Kingdom will need to pay to ship batteries to the continent and risks losing valuable precious metals

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/11/22/britain-not-set-recycling-car-batteries/
    [paywall]

  33. Orson says:

    THE WAY TO BUST THE CLIMATE HYSTERIA IS WITH UAH temp graphs WITH ENSO LABELS at warming inflection points.

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