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Osborne 1, Planet 0 – but it is not Game Over yet

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Following on from previous items I have posted regarding the potentially-illegal Energy Bill drafted by the Conservative Party, such as:

… this is the latest email I have received from Greenpeace:


Hi Martin,

A black smog is hanging over Parliament.

Following the ‘Energygate’ scandal, the reputation of the Conservative Party on climate change lies in tatters on the steps of Westminster.  The hardline anti-renewable energy faction in the Conservatives has cowed the Lib Dems into submission.

The draft Energy Bill leaked last Friday was a major blow to progress on tackling climate change.  The Bill is a key opportunity to drastically cut our carbon emissions.

These politicians have raised the stakes, now it’s time we do the same.

Find a local Greenpeace group near you to take your campaigning to the next level.

If the Energy Bill passes unchanged, it will pave the way for more fossil fuels, unstable household bills and increasing fuel poverty.

It will fire the starting gun for George Osborne’s dash for gas.  But there’s a long way to go before the finish line.  It has to make it over a number of hurdles before it is enshrined in law so it’s not over yet.

Together we’ve changed the political landscape on energy, helping to make this climate change scandal front page news.  We are a movement of over 40,000 – and growing – people telling David Cameron to get his priorities straight.

As the global climate negotiations offer little hope, our responsibility in the UK to cut carbon emissions has never been more important. Securing a strong Energy Bill could see virtually carbon-free electricity by 2030.

We know the Arctic is melting faster than ever before – this year was the lowest ice on record.  If that’s not an urgent call for us to up our game, I don’t know what is.

Our local groups are the beating heart of Greenpeace.  Find one near you and join us.

See you soon,

Pete & the energy team
Greenpeace UK


The UK government should not be allowed to ignore the fundamental purpose of the Climate Change Act 2008 or the agreement reached at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh PA in 2009.  It cannot be right to burden consumers with the cost of investing in renewable energy and simultaneously guaranteeing a subsidised future for fossil fuel combustion.  I therefore hope all readers in the UK will take action to stop this Bill being passed into Law.

Written by Martin Lack

28 November 2012 at 00:02

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  1. Action- but the best course is what?

    Read Delingpole’s ‘out-there’ blogs and the hordes of delingbots have a similar message, and just like their hero it is becoming more rabid in hundreds [thousands] of comments. They represent the Tea-party wing of British politics: UKIP. Just like their American counter-parts, the damage they cause out weighs their performance. I did a little research and actually counted how many delingbots contributed to an average 2000 comment post. More than half were created by 17 individuals with one producing 10% of comments.

    Political parties fear their extremities and the Conservatives have a strange relationship with UKIP. Just like the Republicans the more they pander to their right the less likely they will ever gain substantial majorities but they also have an irrational fear of losing them. Osborne may of course, be pandering to them for an ascension in the future.

    I can take the Conservative party seriously- on occasion- and not actually agree with them- although there were a couple of moments in Cameron’s conference speech I applauded, when he tackled offshore wind and foreign aid. The rabid right, however, is denial of rationality, I’m not big on federalism but they put me off and make me a Europhile, their arguments on fuel, Europe, climate change and immigration are more wishful thinking than policies.

    The real hope is bi-partisan agreement which evidently existed when the Carbon Act was passed. We need our politicians to lead, to set the agenda and to see a short term energy fix with gas will cost more. We need them united on this one issue.

    I really hope others like Obama or British business have the balls and start setting the agenda so the UK conservative can see UKIP as nothing more than a pointless distraction.


    28 November 2012 at 11:44

    • Thanks Jules. As you may have noticed, I do not waste my time on Delingpole (or his equally foolish followers) anymore. You are right to say they are a UK equivalent of the US Tea Party movement and, sadly, like a mold infesting decaying fruit, they seem to be inside every arm of the British political establishment – even the Labour Party is not immune:

      As for the synchronicity between Euro-scepticism (with which I have sympathy) and climate change scepticism (with which I clearly do not), as you know, I spotted this too myself a year or two ago:

      If the threat of UKIP makes David Cameron take a more Euro-sceptic stand that will be no bad thing IMHO. Boy, are we lucky Tony Blair never succeeded in getting the UK to agree to get join in EMU. It was – and is – a colossal ‘Tower of Babel’ project that has now failed.

      Martin Lack

      28 November 2012 at 14:44

      • I’m not a federalist – far too clunky – but the EU could be the lead in climate change policy. If everyone is committed then it becomes a powerful block to influence the US and the Brics; and also it means no-one gets to have a free ride.

        In the Guardian poll – would you pay more for green electricity? the majority voted “no”. Likewise, back in the 60s, the death penalty was widely accepted; and it took visionaries to simply impose what was best (i.e. abolition). Don’t ask me – just impose it- because even I would vote for a free lunch [given a choice].


        28 November 2012 at 15:20

        • I do not object to paying more for green energy (I chose to do so while I was employed). As I have said, I object to being asked to pay more for my electricity to help the government invest in renewable energy, whilst the government helps to subsidise the continuance of business as usual for the fossil fuel lobby. Our politicians appear to be ignoring the majority of the adult population of this country who accept the need to decarbonise our electricity generation systems and are, instead, being misled by the fossil fuel lobby into propping-up an increasingly ineficient and expensive relic of the Industrial Revolution… This is not what I would call ‘democracy in action’ and, I seem to recall that such actions had very unfortunate consequences for those in power in Russia 95 years ago! This is not a call for a Communist revolution; but it is a warning from history! Furthermore, I think what we need is a Grassroots revolution; which is as far away from an centrally-planned economy as it is possible to get.

          Martin Lack

          28 November 2012 at 16:59

      • Euroscepticism is yet another example of total foolishness, a distraction from the main event. Yes, it’s true to say that “EMU is a project that has now failed” — but the message we should be taking home is that our entire economic system is a ‘project’ that is on the verge of a(nother) catastrophic failure. Constantly pointing the finger at the folly of others makes us feel good about how clever we are, but in reality the finger’s pointing in the wrong direction.

        (With thanks to Christine for the link to that brilliant video.)

        We’re all in this together. And if we never acknowledge that, we’ll never sort the problem.


        1 December 2012 at 08:38

        • Thanks Pendantry. When we point at others (as CBDR within the UNFCCC invites all parties to do), we actually have three fingers pointing back at ourselves. (But I am still glad the UK is not in the EMU.)

          Martin Lack

          1 December 2012 at 10:23

        • Good point, well made! And three fingers, well, that’s a combination of both UK and US variants on a theme…😉
          PS Me, too — almost lead with that but didn’t want the distraction😀


          1 December 2012 at 10:25

        • Thanks Pendantry. I am glad we can agree on EMU.

          For the benefit of others not familiar with the acronym, CBDR = Common but differentiated responsibilities (Principle 7 of the 1992 Rio declaration).

          Martin Lack

          1 December 2012 at 10:42

        • Sorry — couldn’t resist😀


          1 December 2012 at 11:00

        • Absolute classic piece of British TV history. If this were a word association test, your psychiatrist would no doubt be very impressed.:-)

          Thanks for taking a stab at interpreting some of my more esoteric commenters (who I fear may be time-wasters).

          Martin Lack

          1 December 2012 at 11:29

        • ‘Time-wasters’? Maybe, but that’s not the impression I got. One seemed to be suffering from VD (verbal diarrhoea, not the other kind) and the other simply had a blatantly-present agenda, which in my book are not nearly as bad as the hidden type because the latter variety are far more obfuscatory and thus, intentionally or otherwise, serve inactivsm (which should not be confused with intactivism). But I should talk — or, rather, shouldn’t — as my wibblings could be interpreted as serving that same beast. All I can do is assure you that such is never my intent.

          Glad we cleared that up!:)


          1 December 2012 at 11:49

        • It may be that I am in a very uncharitable mood but one of them flip flops about more than Mitt Romney (and never answers my questions); and the other was probably Spam.

          Martin Lack

          1 December 2012 at 17:13

  2. Peter Lilley stars on Climate Progress. Conflict of interest WRT The Energy and Climate Change Committee – very much so.

    Will the new Governor of the Bank of England see pressure brought, or opposition swept aside, for import of tar sands oil from Canada and also that GWPF Hintz connection doing the same for Australian coal.

    Perhaps well crafted letters of information on the dangers posed by the policies of these enemies of future generations should be sent to their kith and kin.

    Lionel A

    28 November 2012 at 17:42

    • Canada is the very last country on Earth that we should seek to emulate. God help us if the new governor of the Bank of England thinks his current government is a good example to follow.

      Martin Lack

      28 November 2012 at 20:56

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