Net zero mania on show in review of UK government plans

Posted: January 13, 2023 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, net zero, Nuclear power
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Apart from making everything much more expensive and further jeopardising the stability of the electricity grid, what possible benefits arise from this? Misplaced ‘carbon’ obsession already has a lot to answer for.
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The Government has been urged to go “further and faster” on cutting carbon emissions with the publication of a review of the UK’s net zero plans, says Yahoo News.

The review, carried out by Tory MP Chris Skidmore and published on Friday, described net zero as “the economic opportunity of the 21st century” and said the UK was “well placed” to take advantage of the opportunities presented by decarbonisation.

But it also warned that the UK would have to move “quickly” and “decisively”, and opportunities were already being missed thanks to a lack of skills and “inconsistent policy commitment”.

Setting out plans for a “pro-growth, pro-business transition”, the review said: “We must grab this opportunity, there is no future economy but a green economy.”

Mr Skidmore was commissioned by Liz Truss’s government in September to consider how the country could deliver “maximum economic growth and investment” alongside the Government’s climate change ambitions, while also considering the need for energy security and the costs for the public.

His 340-page review follows extensive engagement across the country including more than 1,800 responses and 50 roundtable meetings with businesses, local government, organisations and other individuals.

It found that a key demand from across the country had been for greater certainty and stability, and said: “Overwhelmingly, the common message has been the need for clarity, certainty, consistency, and continuity from government.”

As well as setting out long-term goals, the review details 25 actions that the Government should take in the next two years.

These include:

– Legislating to phase out gas boilers by 2033, rather than 2035;

– Providing longer-term funding certainty for major net zero projects, including new nuclear power plants;

– Implementing plans this year to increase solar and onshore wind generation, including a target of increasing solar generation fivefold by 2035;

– Ending routine oil and gas flaring by 2025, rather than 2030.

Full article here.

  1. ilma630 says:

    “But it also warned that the UK would have to move “quickly” and “decisively”, and opportunities were already being missed thanks to a lack of skills and “inconsistent policy commitment”.”. IoW, if the UK doesn’t hurry up, he’ll miss out feeding from the trough.

  2. ivan says:

    Two things, 1) who is this idiot? 2) what are his qualifications that allow him to pontificate about this?
    Maybe I should add a third thing, does he have a real engineering qualification? If he doesn’t where did he get the useless information for his comments?

    The only thing he got nearly right was the need for more new nuclear power plants. As to his adding useless solar panels does he think the sun shines at night to produce electricity when it is needed in the evenings or is he taking a leaf from the Spanish play book and expects those with said panels to shine lights on them at night?

    Being honest I assume his information came from the ignorant green civil servants that don’t have a clue about the real world and its requirements. If that is the case he should be put back in his box.

  3. JB says:

    “the economic opportunity of the 21st century”

    How can that be? We’re not ¼ way through it yet.

    More & more plunder and privation as govs sinkhole everywhere.

  4. oldbrew says:

    “the economic opportunity of the 21st century” — for ‘green’ subsidy farmers.

  5. Phoenix44 says:

    An “economic report” that by and large ignores consumers – the only reason to have an economy. It’s complete nonsense. The only economic benefits will accrue to the shareholders of the businesses government will favour, give money to and reduce competition for. There’s literally no benefit to UK consumers in being “leaders” in anything. That’s what trade is for – having access to whoever does it best and cheapest. The rest is simply impoverishment, mitigated only by the utter fantasy of many of the goals – like replacing every gas cooker and gas boiler within 10 years.

  6. saighdear says:

    Yes, @Phoenix44, phase out gas boilers by 2033, rather than 2035 … the damage to the countryside, ripping up the soil structure to lay a NETWORK of large plastic GAS pipes to bring gas to where it never was. Field drainage and natural drainage has never been the same since. Hi-speed Gas, an a’ that, an a’ that. ( that time of year soon). Like the ( londyn diesl car scandal ) – and slightly O/T – but the way the world is going ( language / culture change) “londyn” but back to topic, it does look like an enforced culture change to get / already getting the alternative POV on just about ALL Matters in our everyday life. ( Greta in germany now, going underground, and of course the Media getting the direct link to encourage such movement.
    When will the MSM change to show / help the real DO-ers in the world go about their business of making life better … and telling the truth.
    Dogs needing out ….

  7. oldbrew says:

    It’s not just the UK with blinkered electricity policies…

    Netherlands ‘could face energy shortages by 2030’
    The Dutch grid operator has highlighted the importance of sufficient available flexibility

    Researchers say the increasing share of renewable generation means that the electricity system is becoming increasingly weather dependent.
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    No need for researchers. It’s obvious.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Scientist warns of NOx urban pollution from hydrogen boilers
    30 Jul 2021

    “By the 2040s, hydrogen combustion for domestic heating could be the last major source of NOx in cities, as ever more road vehicles switch to electric power. Nitrogen-oxide emissions from hydrogen boilers will be concentrated in areas of high-density housing, often associated with low-income households. A widening of inequality in exposure to nitrogen dioxide could be an unwelcome side effect of this net-zero policy without new regulation and innovation in after-treatment technologies.”

  9. oldbrew says:

    Net Zero Will Lead to the End of Modern Civilisation, Says Top Scientist

    A damning indictment of the Net Zero political project has been made by one of the world’s leading nuclear physicists. In a recently published science paper, Dr. Wallace Manheimer said it would be the end of modern civilisation. Writing about wind and solar power he argued it would be especially tragic “when not only will this new infrastructure fail, but will cost trillions, trash large portions of the environment, and be entirely unnecessary”. The stakes, he added, “are enormous”.

    Dr. Manheimer holds a physics PhD from MIT and has had a 50-year career in nuclear research, including work at the Plasma Physics Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He has published over 150 science papers. In his view, there is “certainly no scientific basis” for expecting a climate crisis from too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in the next century or so. He argues that there is no reason why civilisation cannot advance using both fossil fuel power and nuclear power, gradually shifting to more nuclear power.
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    End of Modern Civilisation – They’re working on it.

  10. oldbrew says:

    Sky News: Can the government convince people that net zero legislation is a road to economic growth?
    Friday 13 January

    The Conservatives have long struggled to convince a decent proportion of their base that the net zero carbon emissions targets are anything more than an un-costed gallop towards restricted freedoms and products they don’t want or can’t afford.

    That’s why a small but loud group of sceptical MPs and other influential figures like Nigel Farage have found traction arguing for a referendum on the legally enshrined target.

    But in trying to reframe the green transition as “the growth opportunity of the 21st Century”, Mr Skidmore has taken a leaf out of US President Joe Biden’s book.
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    The heading says ‘analysis’, but where’s the growth justification for net zero policies? Subsidising government-mandated jobs by inflating energy prices can’t be it.

    ‘net zero legislation is a road to economic growth?’ – or to a horribly expensive dead end?

  11. ilma630 says:

    Correct. You can’t subsidise an industry if it fundamentally makes a loss. If a subsidy or tax break has a net positive effect on the economy, i.e. on people’s lives, then perhaps, but not if it’s by nature loss-making.

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