Friday, January 16, 2009

There is no hope …

There can be no argument that the dominant issue of today is the economy. But, second only to that is energy and, in the longer term, that is the most important issue for one simple reason. Without energy – and especially a secure electricity supply – there is no economy.

Assuming that our next provincial government may by led by the Conservatives, their plans on energy are of some importance, as it will devolve to this administration to sort out the mess bequeathed to us by the current Labour government. Thus, for some time, we have been actively calling for a Conservative statement on energy policy.

We need not have bothered.

Today, in a "unique online experiment", David Cameron has unveiled his Party’s policy on the website. And it takes less than a nanosecond to see where he is coming from, its title … "Our Plan for a Low Carbon Economy". The full document is here.

Embedded in it is the warmist creed, with not the slightest recognition of, or concession to, the massive debate that has been going on over the AGW scare. The creed is writ large with no less than 35 references to "climate change" in a 55-page document, plus two on "global warming".

One of the gems is: "Some people remain sceptical of the majority of scientific opinion that suggests that climate change is real, immediate, and one of the greatest challenges facing the world today," which the paper deals with by invoking a speech by Margaret Thatcher in 1990 – which actually does not support the case put.

As to the detail, the Conservative "plan" is summed up as follows:

  • Britain's lighting and electronics, and most of our machinery, trains and cars can be powered by low carbon electricity provided through a new electricity internet;
  • we can be tapping new, abundant low carbon energy sources like tidal power and biogas and using the energy produced not just to deliver electricity but also to warm our homes and provide heat for our communities; our homes and businesses can be dramatically more energy efficient;
  • we can be much less dependent on imported fossil fuels from volatile regions of the world, and as a result much more secure;
  • we can meet our target to reduce emissions by 80% over 1990 levels;
  • we can turn Britain into the world-leading economy for green innovation and technology, and
  • we can enhance our competitiveness through a significant reduction in the amount of energy required to manufacture products, to provide services and to live and work in the United Kingdom.
  • I wish it was possible to summon up enough energy (and interest) to fisk this properly, and take it apart. But it is so bad, so woolly, so detached from any reality, that it is not worth doing. Nowhere in the document is there any sense of an impending energy crisis, or any plans – coherent or otherwise – to deal with it.

    If this is the best the Conservatives can offer, then there truly is no hope. We are doomed to a future with no lights and no heating, while the Tories prattle on about "decarbonising our economy". They have totally, completely and utterly lost it.