• The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated


    EarthDanish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has been quoted as saying: “….Given the time factor and the situation of individual countries we must, in the coming weeks, focus on what is possible and not let ourselves be distracted by what is not possible….”

    This is good news. The recent meeting of Asian and Pacific Rim countries which included China and the USA failed to produce an agreement over CO2 reductions. This means that binding commitments are unlikely from Copenhagen. What we will get is a lot of noise and a lot of earnest tree-huggers plaintively crying over the imminent destruction of Planet Earth.
    After hearing that his obituary had been published in the New York Journal, Mark Twain famously said: “….The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated….” If planet earth could speak, it would say the same.
    Of course it will not we poor British taxpayer from facing an increasingly large bill to pay for this folly:

    The Climate Change Act, according to Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, is to cost the long suffering taxpayer £404 billion, or £18 billion every year until 2050, to reduce CO2 emissions by 60 per cent.

    Mr Miliband also tells us that we shall have to spend £9.5 billion through our electricity bills to pay for the CO2 from coal-fired power stations to be pumped under the North Sea! Not to mention the further £100 billion we shall all have to pay, according to Gordon Brown, for his dream of building 7,000 new wind turbines!
    Even if these could all be built (which in practical terms is out of the question), these machines would still only generate little more electricity on average than the Drax coal-fired power station. But this will not be built unless it is fitted with the technology that doesn’t yet exist.

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