Why are people not doing more about climate change? — asks BBC Scotland

Posted: March 30, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, ideology


Scotland’s new Queensferry Crossing road bridge [image credit: BBC]

‘Saving the world’ just isn’t value for money to most Scots it seems, as they look at their ever-rising energy bills. And buying any brand new car is an expensive option anyway. Much-touted ‘green’ ideology and the shrill propaganda of climate alarmists don’t work so well in the real world, where economics matter more than ’emissions’. 
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Cost and confusion are the two main reasons people are not changing to greener options, the BBC finds.

I drive a diesel car, eat meat and just a few months ago had a gas boiler installed in my house, that’s quite an admission for an environment correspondent who reports on climate change, says BBC Scotland’s Kevin Keane.

The problem is that greener options are financially out of reach for me and – it seems – most Scots. That is something I have been investigating for BBC Scotland’s Disclosure.

We commissioned a survey of 1,009 Scots, conducted by Savanta ComRes, which suggests price is putting many people off making greener lifestyle choices.

Of the people who indicated that they had considered buying an electric vehicle in the past year, 71% said they had not bought one because of the cost.

Price was a factor too when it came to switching from gas and oil home heating to greener alternatives such as heat pumps. In that question, 64% of those who had considered the switch said the cost had put them off.

Both these changes and many others will be necessary over the next 25 years if Scotland is to meet its targets for reducing emissions.

But Dr Sarah Ivory from the University of Edinburgh, who has studied climate-related behaviour change, believes it will be difficult to bring them about.

Full article here.

  1. saighdear says:

    Yes, …looking at the results/ answers, what were the questions? typical greenie trash agenda driven results

  2. Mike Wattam says:

    Commonly, people have been more or less brainwashed into believing climate change without going through any logical assessment. However, these same people although perhaps brow-beating others, also believe they are the one person who is above the ‘rules’. Example, the Covid Pandemic.

    There are very good reasons for fitting a new ‘gas’ boiler. New boilers today are very environmentally clean, whereas a legacy unit fitted 40+ years ago puts out a very much more pollution partly because of age, but mainly due to ancient technology. Cars have always been made the scapegoat, yet considerably more pollutants are put out by clapped out gas boilers. Only recently the UK government has tacitly admitted to this with their ‘green homes’ scheme – which incidentally has fallen flat on its face. Consumers have adopted the ‘don’t fix it till its broke’ philosophy.

    There are many things stopping people buying full electric cars, one of which is certainly price and as time goes on this will become a major public issue as governments attempt to force consumers to buy BEV’s they can’t afford. Those very few consumers buying BEV’s now, are what we can politely refer to as ‘enthusiasts’. BEV’s otherwise are being pre-registered or bought by corporates for their own obscurely justified reasons.

    I am unable understand why it is not admitted that the huge costs in ‘cleaning’ our planet cannot realistically be funded until such time as the forthcoming world-wide economic emergency is under control. And why is no attempt being made to improve the efficiency of what already exists – transport infrastructures and output per hour for instance to reduce specific energy consumption? I suppose it is all about ignorant policy-makers, fashion and personal/political popularity.

  3. Graeme No.3 says:

    “Price was a factor too when it came to switching from gas and oil home heating to greener alternatives such as heat pumps. In that question, 64% of those who had considered the switch said the cost had put them off.”

    That’s why the Greens want to make it compulsory. Their delight would be for you to have 2 choices;
    1. Pay up even if you can’t afford it.
    2. Do without (electricity, gas, heat etc).

    In their drive to restore the 17TH Century have we any news on the switch back to Whale oil for lighting?

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘Experts told Disclosure that Scotland would see more wildfires, droughts and impacts from rising sea levels.

    But our survey suggests most people are unaware of the changes that are coming.

    Only 16% expected more wildfires, despite Scotland already seeing a dramatic rise in these.’

    This isn’t confusion. This is the legacy press telling people junk for decades, and the people still don’t get it. It’s a reading comprehension test, not science. Scot’s failed. Bless ’em.

  5. oldbrew says:

    greener options are financially out of reach

    Tell it to the politicians…

    Britain’s Net Zero crash: Two-thirds of UK homes will be unsellable by 2028 unless they insulate
    Date: 25/01/21Mail Online, This is money

    Owners of energy inefficient homes may find themselves the proprietors of unsellable and unlettable properties just over seven years from now.


    50,000 rural landlords to sell up due to climate change rules

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    Because when given the choice between paying large costs now for a possible benefit in the future very few of us choose to do so. Which us why we still smoke, still drink, still don’t save enough for our old age.

    This isn’t news. Its human nature. When the state attempts to ignore or change that on a society wide scale it always ends badly.

  7. Patrick healy says:

    Is Bollocks allowed?

  8. oldbrew says:

    In Scotland, researchers also forecast that half of the country’s private water supplies are at risk of regularly running dry because of drought.

    That would affect more than 100,000 people in places such as the north east and Dumfries and Galloway.

    I often visit Dumfries and Galloway. It rains quite a lot, as normal for western parts of Scotland near the sea. It’s also sparsely populated. Where are these researchers getting their data from?

    “We look at years like 2018, which was a fairly exceptional year, where (drought) was much more widespread across the country.

    “We’re going to see a lot more of years like 2018. In fact that’s going to become the norm rather than the exception.”

    So one ‘exceptional’ year starts a trend…’in fact’ 🙄

  9. JB says:

    Why are people not doing more about climate change? — asks BBC Scotland

    Why is ANY one trying to do ANY thing about “Climate Change?” Resistance of Nature to change supersedes human intervention. There’s no changing of Nature to make it less costly to escape its Gravity Well. We either learn how to live within its variations economically or perish.

    Unfortunately, it has become necessary as part of that learning curve to neutralize the Chicken Littles who are of slow comprehension.

  10. ivan says:

    oldbrew asked Where are these researchers getting their data from? I suspect the answer is the usual ‘computer model’ which bears no relationship to real world values.

    Another stupid observation I have noticed, the greens talk a lot about using heat pumps but never answer the question of ‘where does anyone living in a built up area put the very necessary underground pipes (dig up the road maybe)?

    The big problem with all things ‘green’ is that those proposing them do not think in real world terms but live in some idealised utopia where every thing runs on pixie dust and unicorn farts, in fact ‘never never land’ that only exists in one of the computer models.

  11. Coeur de Lion says:

    I’ve been trying to get the GWPF to spur Lord Deben and the CCC to run Climate Crisis briefings as we had for the COVID-19 Crisis, we need to hear about the science and the costs. Please join my campaign.

  12. oldbrew says:

    There was a big forest fire in Galloway in spring last year, which left a cloud of smoke looking like a weather system for a while. No claims in this report that it was anything unique. Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s biggest.

    Fire Crews Praised For Extinguishing 4000 Acre Galloway Forest Park Fire
    Apr 28, 2020


  13. oldbrew says:

    You must obey…

    Only authoritarian rule can deliver Net Zero, Lord Deben admits
    Date: 30/03/21Global Warming Policy Forum
    London, 30 March: The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) has condemned the chairman of the UK’s Climate Change Committee for demanding that a powerful group of unelected officials should enforce Net Zero policies, giving them the power to overrule Parliament.

    Lord Deben’s answer to the public reluctance to embrace costly behaviour changes and green technologies is authoritarian and undemocratic: “You need to have a very clear and powerful body saying what has to happen”. Critics might reply that the United Kingdom already has such a body in the democratically accountable Parliament, and that Lord Deben’s demands are an attempt to circumvent that accountability.


    Why do we have to put up with this anti-democratic nonsense? Get him in front of a live TV audience!

  14. Gamecock says:

    ‘In Scotland, researchers also forecast that half of the country’s private water supplies are at risk of regularly running dry because of drought.’

    “Water security” and “food security” are proxies for government takeover. So, yes, government takeover of “the country’s private water supplies” creates the risk of regularly running dry. Pretty much guarantees it.

  15. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Time to proscribe Common Purpose and jail Gummer.

  16. Way back in March 2013, eight years ago, I wrote The System is Broken: Incompetent Science and Insane Politics, from a much larger vantage point. I concluded, in that short posting, with:

    “You cannot stop the insanity if you will not recognize it as insanity, if people will not recognize the system is broken.”

    The time for arguing within the system is over. Massive, ongoing crimes are being perpetrated, by our own governments.

    You have mostly only to see you are dealing with institutionalized insanity. Profound insanity, “all the way down” now. Completely corrupt governments and their imposed, broken social system, cannot even begin to address the problem, much less help.

  17. Gamecock says:

    It’s decadence, Harry. The West’s prosperity has made it too comfortable for its own good.

  18. oldbrew says:

    Trump had a clue but ran out of time, luck, or whatever.

  19. NeilC says:

    When all these mouth pieces stop using everything made from fossil fuels, they might understand life will be really bad. But as a religion, they will just demand that we do. FO is the answer to that.

  20. oldbrew says:

    an environment correspondent who reports on climate change, says BBC Scotland’s Kevin Keane.

    Just need some ‘climate change’ worth reporting on. We won’t hold our breath.

  21. Gamecock says:

    “Just need some ‘climate change’ worth reporting on. We won’t hold our breath.”

    Indeed. The entirety of UK has been Cfb (Köppen) since time immemorial. With the possible exception of the Sahel, there is no climate change on earth. That should be shouted:


    When ANYONE says ‘climate change’ in a present context, you know instantly that they are stupid, ignorant, or lying.

  22. Adam Gallon says:

    oldbrew, Trump hadn’t a clue. His objection to the Paris Accord, was simply that it disadvantaged the USA, compared to China.

  23. I agree with this point

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