Net Zero by 2050 is dead in the water. So what’s plan B?

Posted: July 27, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, democracy, Emissions, ideology, net zero, Politics
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More to come? [image credit: thecount.com]

Futile climate obsessions over 0.01% of the Earth’s atmosphere have clouded the political world so badly that thinking straight seems to have gone out of the window. Bad news for voters, left with no-one sensible to turn to.
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Boris Johnson has always tried to take a ‘cakeist’ position on Net Zero, says the Telegraph (via The GWPF).

We can drastically cut carbon emissions while boosting living standards, he claims.

But the truth is, the sacrifices being demanded of us in the name of Net Zero are incompatible with democracy, and the PM knows it.

Just look at the anguish the gas boiler ban is causing to the government. Johnson has now conceded that the ban will have to be pushed back from 2030 to 2035. It will have to be some other prime minister’s problem.

The boiler ban was a key plank of the government’s Net Zero strategy. Gas boilers were to be replaced with heat pumps. These heat pumps are not what anyone could call a reasonable alternative to boilers.

While a boiler can heat your house fairly quickly at the flick of a switch, a heat pump can take around 24 hours to heat your home to between 17 to 19 degrees Celsius – i.e., not-quite room temperature.

For the pleasure of living in your not-quite warm house, you will have to fork out around £10,000 for the unit and installation. Then, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), you can expect to spend an additional £100 per year on your energy bills.

If you want to own a heat pump and have a house that’s more than lukewarm, you’ll need lots of extra insulation. This means yet more tens of thousands of pounds in renovation costs.

The Energy Technologies Institute estimates that a ‘deep retrofit’ could cost as much as building a home from scratch. This is not money that any ordinary person has down the back of the sofa – or that the taxpayer can reasonably cover for millions of households.

Getting used to this reduced lifestyle ‘will take an attitudinal shift’, says Chris Stark, CEO of the CCC. This is quite the understatement. It means abandoning what was once a completely normal expectation in a developed country: having a warm home in winter.

In our Net Zero future, we can also forget having a stable and affordable supply of electricity.

Full article here.
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More from The GWPF on ‘net zero’ here.

Comments
  1. pochas94 says:

    Plan B? Stop worrying and love the apocalypse.

  2. oldbrew says:

    Isn’t life in the UK going to become a progression from one heatwave to another, with ‘no more snow’ and so on? Heating systems won’t be worth spending much money on 😅

    Heatwaves: UK lives at risk from ‘dangerous perception gap’ – Red Cross climate change warning
    Tuesday 27 July 2021

    https://news.sky.com/story/heatwaves-uk-lives-at-risk-from-dangerous-perception-gap-on-heat-red-cross-climate-change-warning-12364697

    See? We all just imagined icy Januarys.

  3. Peter Norman says:

    Plan B???? Kick ass!
    Enough of this and our continual blog moaning! Behind this net zero nonsense there is amazingly influential lobbying group and nothing we say here is going to have any impact.
    To fight this lot we need to think smarter. What wins wars? In the words of George Bush: “Shock and Awe”. Now there is a little known event called COP26 next November, the day after we put the clocks back. Our bloggers would like to protest in Glasgow, along with all eco-warriors, climate activists and the general public who are well p*ssed off with massive renewable energy increases in their electric bills (By the way, SSE, National Grid and Scottish Power are even adding to bill costs by actually sponsoring the event!). We should protest big time. Alas, outside the Scottish Event Conference Centre it’s probably going to be cold and wet and who wants to travel to Glasgow anyway? But there is a way to protest, from your own home: “Grid Shock!”
    ACTION: Every home and business in the country should switch on as much electrical stuff as they can for 15 minutes at precisely 7:30 am on November 1 and just for good measure the same thing at 7:30pm in the evening: This is Grid Shock-Day-1. What about extending the protest to every day of COP26 of the conference? Do you get it? Everyone is protesting for his/her own cause and making a point. Effective or what? How many days do we all need to take out the grid to make our point? If this does not give the government a shock about of the dangers of net zero, then nothing else will.
    Forget it! Stick to Plan A and moan!

  4. Peter Norman says:

    OB I can’t believe WordPress has consigned me to the SPAM bin again. There is a dark force at work here!

    [reply] we have no control over WP algorithms 🙁

  5. oldbrew says:

    They want to make us buy expensive and ineffective heating systems in a futile effort to make the planet cooler. How lousy is that logic?

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    https://notrickszone.com/2021/07/27/german-wind-power-consumption-plummets-20-in-first-half-2021-coal-power-consumption-jumps-38/
    For consumption read production or generation.
    Quick summary: for the first half of 2021 compared with 2020 “The production of onshore and offshore wind energy decreased by 20%.”
    “The reason for the steep drop, according to the findings, was due to unfavourable weather conditions”

    Brown coal power plants produced 45.8 terawatt-hours of the net power – That’s an increase of 37.6% compared to 2020. The net production by black coal power plants also increased, by 38.9%.

    It would seem that the UK getting rid of coal fired plants may not be such a good idea.

  7. gds44 says:

    Reblogged this on Gds44's Blog.

  8. Phoenix44 says:

    The biggest scam is presentation having worse stuff or not having stuff at all (foreign holidays say) isn’t us being poorer.

    Wealth in economics is measured by consumption, not money. If my £40,000/year now buys me less of what I want or stuff that doesn’t work as well, I am poorer. The government is pretending that we will not be by equating heat pumps with gas boilers and Cornwall with Spain. But they are not the same in terms of consumption and thus not the same in terms of wealth. It is false to claim they are.

  9. pochas94 says:

    Congratulations OB! I think WUWT has filched this article.

  10. oldbrew says:

    pochas – thanks, but they no doubt scan the GWPF too.

  11. bonbon says:

    Plan B is Britcoin :

    https://www.thenational.scot/news/19468761.britcoin-rishi-sunak-backs-plan-introduce-digital-currency/

    It sure looks like Bitcoin (and FaceBook’s Libra, now Diem) was merely a cats paw for Britcoin.

    With Mark Carney and BlackRock fully onboard for exclusively global green credit, via digital currencies, already applying that even before a rollout, just watch what is going on in energy investment. (e.g. https://www.morningstar.com/products/direct/esg-data).

  12. oldbrew says:

    Tory backbenchers prepare to set up parliamentary group to fight cost of Net Zero
    Date: 31/07/21 ITN News

    Later this summer, or early in the autumn, a group of MPs – expected to be comprised of at least a few dozen – is setting up a new backbench group – dedicated to scrutinising the cost of Net Zero.

    https://www.thegwpf.com/tory-backbenchers-prepare-to-set-up-parliamentary-group-to-fight-cost-of-net-zero/
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    Need to get going before COP26 when UK will be signing up to even more impossible so-called climate spending.

    NB the article is written by a fan of full-on climate hysteria, but that’s routine in today’s media.
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    WRITTEN BY BEN PILE ON JUL 30, 2021.

    Are UK Officials Finally Getting Cold Feet About Net Zero?

    https://climatechangedispatch.com/are-uk-officials-finally-getting-cold-feet-about-net-zero/

  13. HowieRich says:

    The uk Government needs to sort this out by 2050, I be a very old man then.

  14. oldbrew says:

    Let’s break the bank for nothing worth having…

    Lord Lawson warns Boris Johnson over real costs of Net Zero
    Date: 02/08/21Global Warming Policy Forum

    London, 2 August – Nigel Lawson, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 to 1989, has warned Boris Johnson that he is being misadvised on the real costs of Net Zero.

    In a letter to the Prime Minister, Lord Lawson warns that “the overall costs are likely to be twice and probably three times the Government’s £1.4 trillion estimate.”

    https://www.thegwpf.com/lord-lawson-warns-boris-johnson-over-real-costs-of-net-zero/

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