GWPF welcomes Boris Johnson’s last-minute delay of gas boiler ban

Posted: July 10, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, government, ideology, net zero, Politics

Domestic gas central heating boiler

Government getting cold feet? Looks like it, after MP Steve Baker warned ‘if ministers don’t obtain the consent of the public for Net Zero’ the result could be a public revolt leading to ‘utter political fiasco’. Climate fear isn’t the weapon they seem to think it is.
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The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) has welcomed the decision by Boris Johnson to delay the planned gas boiler ban which the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) planned to announce next week.

According to a report in today’s Times, BEIS had been due to publish its heat and building strategy next week “but this is now understood to have been delayed, possibly until the autumn. At a meeting last week Boris Johnson was said to be concerned that it did not do enough to protect consumers and wanted further safeguards….”

Boris Johnson is right to be concerned about the social and political risks and repercussions of a hugely unpopular ban on gas boilers.

The GWPF has been urging the Prime Minister for some time to pause and reconsider the poorly designed and extremely costly green home heating plans.

It’s time to abandon them now before they collapse into a humiliating fiasco.

The last-minute intervention by 10 Downing Street is a clear indication that growing criticism of the gas boiler ban is beginning to make a real difference and that the Prime Minister is now gravely concerned about the economic and political consequences of the ban.

Full article here.

  1. donald penman says:

    It looks like they are going to have a big push in the Autumn when winter deaths are rising to get more of us vaccinated and push on with the net zero agenda.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Brits can’t have gas boilers, but the world’s super-rich can fly anywhere in their private jets burning aviation fuel while trying to sound on-message about *our* ’emissions’? Give us a break…

    Media and tech moguls descend on Sun Valley in private jets for exclusive ‘billionaire summer camp’ with Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and his Amazon successor Andy Jassy set to attend
    6 July 2021

  3. Gamecock says:

    “but this is now understood to have been delayed, possibly until the autumn”

    What is supposed to change between now and then . . . three months from now. Is it supposed to become popular? Have they just been using the wrong messaging? “It’s a good idea; we just haven’t explained it right.” Are they going to put together a plan where somebody else, “government money,” is going to pay for it?

    If government has to keep paying for things people don’t want, how long til the government runs out of other people’s money?

    You will be paying for it, one way or the other. PLUS the follow-on consequences.

  4. Douglas Dragonfly says:

    Is the Government getting cold feet ?
    Sure – and it will not be just cold feet without decent affordable heating !
    Practical matters plus the politics will decide the matter.
    Georgian houses and external heat pumps, city homes and lack of space for heat pumps,
    Johnson’s landlord mates and heat pumps are just three reasons for him to focus his mind on this proposed madness.
    Nor is it possible to run an external heat pump if an ev is on charge. The house’s wiring will melt due to the load.
    Then theirs recent history – when against advice they allowed aluminium and highly imflamable polystyrene to be stuck to the outside of buildings to attempt insulation and compensate for bad quality housing.
    So I doubt he wants to make another miscalculation.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Has their total insanity filtered through to Mr Nut Nut PM?
    Has somebody shown the the back of the envelope maths that it cannot work?

  6. jb says:

    “concerned that it did not do enough to protect consumers”

    There are no limits to how much the gov “protects” the people, even if it means killing them off.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Is Arnie really exaggerating as he jokes, or thinks he does?

    Hairshirts all round.

  8. oldbrew says:

    From the conclusions of an Irish report on domestic heating:

    Low carbon heat is difficult because heat is usually at low cost; the marginal cost
    of fossil fuels is low and the capital costs are known
    . The capital costs for low-carbon heat technologies are also either high or unknown (except perhaps biomass boilers and Air Source Heat Pumps), and also the marginal cost of renewable fuels is currently high. Additionally, the cost required on existing homes to make them suitable for heat pumps is also understood to be high. So, the returns with low-carbon heat technologies are very low without high rates of subsidy. When compared to renewable electricity (falling capital costs, zero marginal costs, high value), renewable heat is in a very difficult position.
    [bold added]

    Euro Heat report – June 2020 —

  9. oldbrew says:

    Homeowners face £9,000 bills to stop their new-builds overheating

    Expensive modifications will be needed to ensure houses can stay cool as climate change drives up temperatures, according to scientists

    By Emma Gatten,
    10 July 2021

    The Climate Change Committee, the Government’s statutory advisers, has estimated the costs of retrofitting cooling features into a property to be £9,200, compared to £2,300 when done at the building stage.
    . . .
    Many new homes are built with improved energy efficiency, which can exacerbate overheating in the summer.
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    ‘according to scientists’ 🤔

    So for existing homes, a big bill for new heating and another one for cooling after paying for upgraded insulation? Pay pay pay…

  10. Douglas Dragonfly says:

    They know exactly what they are doing.
    Organized crime
    & blame the weather.

  11. Mike Wattam says:

    In UK domestic gas boilers are very often old and never serviced. Virtually all of them have really bad emissions and contribute a lot to pollution, e.g., people living in homes so afflicted, also tend to suffer a lot of breathing problems. UK Government has known this for many years but is very afraid they will lose a lot of votes if they tell consumers to change their existing smelly boilers at capital level cost.

    We’ve just had a 2 year spell where the UK Government was emboldened and permitting subsidies for improving home heating efficiencies. Now Bojo is getting very unpopular and the UK Exchequer can’t even print any more cash, he is back-tracking to hope he can stay popular enough to be re-elected sometime soon.

    The reality SHOULD be “what can we sensibly do that actually works and does not cost loads of money we haven’t got, to improve our situation over the years”. PLAN – let’s see a properly researched and justified overall plan that relies on real facts and not pseudo-experts scaremongering death scenario’s. A plan that does not rely on political dogma and back-handers to politicians mates. A plan that the ordinary human can understand and support not only nationally, but world-wide.

    And why can we not have a long term plan which provides reliable on-demand energy when required. A plan which draws upon a wide range of flexible energy sources including fossil fuels, nuclear and natural sources. Pushing ahead with some of the current barmy plans (e.g., heat exchangers) without realistically justifying them first, is irresponsibly ridiculous.

  12. oldbrew says:

    MW says: In UK domestic gas boilers are very often old and never serviced.

    Possibly, but that’s not much of an argument for getting rid of the newer ones as well.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Government climate proclamations aren’t going to work.

    Our first big win: Ministers delay Net Zero heating plans following disagreements inside government
    Date: 15/07/21 Global Warming Policy Forum

    ‘In a clear sign that the cost of Net Zero is turning into a highly contentious issue, the UK government has halted its planned heating strategy, with ministers reportedly divided over what to do about the hugely unpopular gas boiler ban.’
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    Suddenly the prospect of getting trashed by the voters has woken up a few of the complacent climate windbags in power. Pity most of their opponents are just as dumb, if not more so.

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