UK Government ordered to release Net Zero cost calculations 

Posted: January 21, 2021 by oldbrew in Accountability, Emissions, government, ideology, net zero
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Don’t mention the cost…this could be the funniest thing you read all day today. Any ‘official estimate’ is almost certain to fall short of reality.
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London, 21 January: The government faces a major embarrassment after the Information Commissioner ordered the Treasury to release an email containing its official estimate of the cost of decarbonising the economy, says The GWPF.

In June 2019, some weeks after Parliament adopted the 2050 Net Zero target as law, the then chancellor Philip Hammond wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May, warning that her plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 was likely to cost the UK more than £1 trillion.

In his letter, the chancellor wrote that the costs meant that less funding would be available for schools, the police and hospitals, pointing out that Net Zero would render some industries “economically uncompetitive.”

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request for the underlying cost calculations of the estimate was refused by the Treasury, arguing that these were “internal communications.”

Remarkably, the cost estimate was contained in the body of a single email.

However, the Information Commissioner has now ruled that the public interest was not given sufficient weight in the Treasury’s decision and has ordered the email’s release.

Full report here.

  1. Stephen Richards says:

    This is going to be hilarious. Perhaps his greeny vag can help him with the maths.

  2. Stephen Richards says:

    I’m guessing, but the £trillion over 10 years, from their ban on ICE vehicles to gas boilers, it will cost maybe 10 times that number throughout the UK economy.

    Still maybe johnson could demand the EU keep up with his rules for a change

  3. oldbrew says:

    Let’s see the PAC get hold of this ‘estimate’.

    The Public Accounts Committee examines the value for money of Government projects, programmes and service delivery. Drawing on the work of the National Audit Office the Committee holds government officials to account for the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of public spending.

    ‘B-b-but we’re saving the climate…’ 🙄

    ‘economy, efficiency and effectiveness’ – three fails there.

  4. tomo says:

    It’s way past time that the DECC BEIS NGO secondment crew (WWF, FotE, Greenpiece) were outed… I FoI’d DECC and they chose to swerve by saying that the people I asked about were employed by a third party who weren’t FoI-able… It may be a myth … but it’s one that should be proven false – but there’s no appetite from the Sir Humphreys on that score.

    Perhaps a bounty for the information?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Where’s the democracy?

    Climate Lawfare And The Growing Chasm Between Politicians And The Public

    ‘A political agenda has been embedded in law, which in turn has given the power to an undemocratic movement, which can assert itself over the entire population merely by applying to the court.

    No matter the consequences, and no matter the public’s views, the Green movement has been given the power of veto over Britain’s economy, industries, and people by zombie politicians’ preoccupation with the environment, and their utter indifference to voters.’
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    The public don’t pay much attention to any of it unless they see an immediate problem for themselves.

  6. hunterson7 says:

    Religious fanatics don’t worry about costs, benefits or reality.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Energy companies ‘misleading’ Boris Johnson on green hydrogen
    Date: 22/01/21 The Times

    Boris Johnson is being misled by Britain’s multi-billion-pound fossil fuel lobby into backing climate change policies that risk unnecessarily pushing up energy bills and undermining carbon targets, leading scientists warn today.
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    Wind > elec > hydrogen > elec can never be economic or efficient. Maybe of use in a few remote areas. No effect on climate.

  8. Phoenix44 says:

    The trouble is, the argument has moved on. Some years ago it was about net cost – climate change costs avoided versus cost to avoid them. Now we are arguing about only the second part when the implicit assumption is that the costs of climate change are huge and immediate, despite that being wholly untrue.

    Politicians don’t care about the costs of Net Zero because they think they have to pay them no matter what.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Electric vehicles granted grace period to avoid Brexit tariffs Jan 21, 2021

    Until 2023, electric vehicles require at least 40% of content originating from the EU or the UK while batteries require 30% to avoid tariffs. After that, until 2026, electric vehicles require 45% and batteries 50-60%.
    . . .
    If electric vehicles cannot meet the rules of origin, they will face 10% tariffs entering the UK and 10-22% tariffs entering the EU.
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    Even with subsidies for buyers EVs are going to be too expensive for many.

  10. stpaulchuck says:

    take their ‘benefit’ value and divide by 10 and their ‘cost’ and multiply that by 10 and you’ll have a much more accurate picture.

  11. oldbrew says:

    Net Zero agenda is making new houses unaffordable for ordinary Britons
    Date: 23/01/21 GWPF & The Guardian

    As the astronomical cost of Net Zero becomes ever more evident and ordinary Britons begin to realise they can’t afford ‘green houses’ mandated by the Govt, public anger and political backlash are now inevitable.
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    Put that in the ‘net zero’ calculations, if there are any 😆. The house, car and energy supply are all heading further into ‘unaffordable’ territory.

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