Lack of Environment

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A plea from the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK

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I received this email today and feel compelled to publish it.

For the benefit of new readers (thank you – and welcome – to you all), when you read the email appended below, please bear in mind that I am (or at least have been) a supporter of the Conservative Party.  However, I am very upset by the way in which the Coalition government’s position regarding the Climate Change Act (and our commitments to invest in renewable power generation technologies of all kinds) is being undermined by climate change sceptics who have been encouraging people like John Hayes (Energy Minister) and George Osborne (Chancellor) to question the sense of investing in the Green Economy.

It is also worth pointing out that I do not agree with Greenpeace’s attitude to GMOs or Nuclear Power but, that does not prevent me from supporting them in their attempts to publicise the failure of our politicians to take a strategic long-term decision (to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels) and stick to it.  I therefore hope you will consider adding your name to the online petition to the Prime Minister to get him to face-down the sceptics in his own party; and stick to his election manifesto pledge to lead “the greenest ever government”.

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Hi Martin,

I don’t normally email you, but this campaign you’re part of is making headlines.

It’s been front page of the newspapers for two days now and over 35,000 of us have told David Cameron to weed out the climate saboteurs in his party.

But we need many more in our movement if we are to overcome this new anti-climate ‘Tea Party’ trend infecting UK politics.

Please forward the email below to one person you know who will join us. If we all do that, we’ll be 70,000 strong by tomorrow.

Right now we have the opportunity to define our future. If the government does the right thing, we could be getting our energy from renewable sources which would create new jobs, stabilise our bills and help protect the rapidly melting Arctic.

But all that is in danger now as highlighted by our undercover investigation.

If we want a green and a peaceful world the most important thing we can do is source our energy in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. Our only choice is clean energy – let’s demand it from the government.

Please forward the email below to at least one person who will join us.

We’re only getting started,

John Sauven
Executive Director
Greenpeace UK

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Hi there,

Over 20,000 people have already told David Cameron to stop Osborne sabotaging progress on climate change.

If these Conservatives have their way, we’ll have more dirty, expensive gas power stations written into the Energy Bill. The bill is crucial in shaping the way our electricity is generated for the next 30 years.

Osborne wants to hand the Energy Bill – and our future – to the gas companies, allowing them to build dozens of new gas power stations. This dash for gas could lead to decades of unrestricted carbon emissions and increasingly volatile household bills, plunging more people into fuel poverty.

We need the opposite, so join the campaign for a future built on clean energy.

A clean Energy Bill would mean almost zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2030, a new wave of clean energy and a thriving green economy with tens of thousands of new jobs.

A majority of us – 64% of the British public – want renewable energy powering our lives.

Osborne knows he’s in the minority, and recent investigations shows he’s positioning climate sceptics and anti-wind MPs in key government roles – like pieces on a chessboard – to undermine the progress we’ve made.

But Osborne still answers to the prime minister.

It now falls to David Cameron to respond to the scandal we’ve uncovered and decide where his party – and our country – is going.

At the last election when looking for our votes, Cameron rebranded the Conservative party with the environment at its heart. Our undercover investigation shows he has a fundamental question to answer: will he side with the majority of the British public, or the dirty energy faction led by George Osborne?

Tell David Cameron to listen to the country on clean energy, and please watch the undercover report and share.

Thanks,

Pete and the Energy Team
Greenpeace

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  3. Well it looks like ‘the fix’ is in as announcements are made that consumers are to foot the bill for a move to renewable power sources, thus making an essential technology move unpopular with the public at large. I wonder what all those NIMBYs who fought against the modern wind pylons feel about their views now hat it is under water?

    It is high time people joined the dots and realised that more warming and ‘climate weirding’ (Ugh!) is in the pipeline even if we stabilise atmospheric GHG levels at today’s values. This is the part of reality that the likes of Lindzen has tried to wave away with his low-climate sensitivity malarky. It is notable that Peter Lilley was in Lindzen’s audience earlier this year he and Lawson’s GWPF are pushing this ball along I am sure.

    Here, according to Roger Harrabin at the side of this article Energy Bill: Households to fund £7.6bn green investment:

    But beyond 2020 Mr Osborne has refused to commit. He doesn’t think the UK should be taking a global lead on cutting emissions while competitor economies are not following. And he thinks gas may be a cheap power source in future.

    If Osborne thinks that gas prices in the future are going to be cheaper in the future, how is this going to happen? If he is considering fracking then he is fracking deluded and has missed the studies revealing the problems surfacing, literally in some cases with methane seeping from the ground in sizeable amounts around workings, in North America.

    Of course he could be considering reviving the ancient processes of getting ‘town gas’ from cheap coal from e.g. Australia (thanks Gina ‘no-heart’ Rinehart). I am old enough to remember ‘gas-works’ in every conurbation indeed followers of cricket still have a memento from that period with that famous ‘Gas-works end’ at The Oval.

    Fracking, Town-gas or both it will be good bye to Britain reaching mandatory GHG targets – what then oh George ‘Wizard-of-Oz/Machiavelli’ Osborne?

    Lionel A

    24 November 2012 at 15:46

    • Sadly, Lionel, I think your cynicism is entirely justified. This Energy Bill (levy to fund investment in renewable energy) is a gift to all those who are anit-wind turbines – both NIMBYs and ideological refusniks. Meanwhile, the commitment to unabated gas-fired power generation is in complete conflict with the Climate Change Act (2008) and the G20 agreement in Pittsburgh (2009). I therefore hope that someone like Lord Deben from the Committee on Climate Change will challenge this decision in the Courts.

      Osborne has been bought by the fossil fuel lobby – he is clearly convinced that humanity can defy the Laws of Physics and have it both ways: In his dreamworld, there is no problem with pursuing perpetual economic growth on a planet with finite resources; and the idea that perpetual growth in the size of the human population on a finite planet could be a problem is just the propaganda of left-wing borgouisie academics (as John Hayes has called them).

      Martin Lack

      25 November 2012 at 10:38

  4. Just to add emphasis to my post above, Climate Denial Crock of the Week has a must watch video up:

    Climate Change: Do the Math .

    Lionel A

    24 November 2012 at 17:36

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