After all Boris Johnson's posturing and blustering about his country becoming the world leader in the race to 'Ney Zero', the economically and socially destructive policy that would trash national economies and drive millions into poverty for the sake of winning bragging rights in the climate change scaremongers' club, the U.K. government appears to be making a U turn on its climate promises. Recent developments in energy policy the show significant support for continuing to generate electricity in gas fired power stations, and opening up several new fossil fuel projects as well as recommissioning oil and gas rigs in the North Sea..
Despite having pumped millions into 'sustainable' energy generation technologies (wind and solar,) due to changing conditions in the global economy largely as a result of the Russia / Ukraine war and the economic sanctions imposed on Russia as a punitive measure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been forced to back an increase in North Sea oil and gas production while the |Department of Energy is even in discussions about extending coal plant operations, having previously pledged that use of coal in electricity production would end by 2024.
After the COP26 climate conference last November, president of the summit Alok Sharma, formerly Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said the U.K. would press governments on their carbon reductiontion promises, in order to hit the goal of limiting global heating to 1.5C. The U.K. took a leading role in the summit, which was held in Glasgow, and will maintain its presidency until COP27 in Egypt later this year.
It should be pointed out that despite the enormous costs involved in reducing carbon Dioxide emissions, there is no reliable scientific evidence that doing so would half rising temperatures or that global mean temperatures will in fact rise by the predicted amounts. So far ALL the doomsday predictions of the matematical modellers who pass themselves off as 'climate Scientists' have been disastrously wrong. But that point had been made and backed up with evidence in this blog many times before.
As well as setting itself impossible and nonsensical targets for net-zero carbon emissions the U.K. government introduced a target to cut emissions by 78 percent by 2035 and for all of the UK's electricity to come from clean sources by 2035. This idiotic promised to The Green Blob was tied to a plan to increase the generating capacity of offshore wind, but as usual the sciencetits (sic) and politicians overlooked the fact that not only can wind turbines not generate when wind force is too low, they also have to be switched off when the wind strength is too high. So while the government boasts that UK has established itself as a world leader in offshore wind production, the fact that those offshore wind farms cannot generate for around 35% of the time is hidden away on the small print.
With renewables already producing around 20 percent of the country’s electricity but no way of storing it to meet peak demand when the wind is not blowing or is blowing too hard how do they plan to guarantee the steady current required by what the electricity industry calls baseload? T
The government has also introduced wide-spreading decarbonization aims for
housing, transport, flights and shipping, food, and industry. But these are just more fairy tale stuff.
Government have accused ministers of going against their own policies and pledges already this year and of abandoning its net-zero targets, by ingback oil and gas projects in response to the energy crisis caused partly by the Russia / Ukraine situation and partly by the faiure of 'sustainables' to live up to the promises of scientists.
In April, the U.K. launched an energy security strategy, which aims for long-term independence from foreign energy sources such as Russia and Saudi Arabia (an unreliable ally at best,) and linked energy security to the decarbonization of the U.K.’s power supply. The strategy then contradicts itself by also identifying oil and gas as key to the meeeting energy needs for the foreseeable future, with plans to boost production in the North Sea, stating “net-zero is a smooth transition, not an immediate extinction, for oil and gas”.
North Sea oil and gas is more reliable option for energy security than
importing energy and in the current climate is necessary to meet domestic needs until a new generation of nuclear power stations comes online but the government has not made any moves on nuclear as yet. It may of course be the case that the politicians are reluctant to admit their plan to power a modern nation with the medieval technology of windmills has failed dismally. However, the United Nations
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave a “now or never” warning in April, suggesting that new fossil fuel exploration would jeopardize the Paris agreement target of limiting global heating to 1.5C. It is not clear who these bureaucratic wankers think they are fooling, but with China and India opening new coal fired power plants at an accelerating rate the Paris agreement is defunct anyway.
Responding to concerns about rising energy prices, which have already sent many into fuel poverty, Boris Johnson says that North Sea oil will be vital in tackling the cost of living, encouraging companies to increase their investments in the energy source.
In May, Johnson stated, “To tackle inflation in the medium-term, you’ve got to deal with supply-side issues.”
Adding, “So we need the energy companies to be putting some more into hydrocarbons, but we also need the whole country to be investing in more low-carbon energy.”
This month, it was revealed that the U.K. government was negotiating with Oil companies about increasing oil and gas production in in the North Sea in response to shortages and spiralling prices. This follows news that regulators approved the Shell Jackdaw natural gas field in the North Sea, having rejected it previously due to environmental concerns.
Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden said that the company will commence the Jackdaw project “as well as other similar ones... in fact, we have an interest in six of the UK’s 12 planned exploration wells,”. This is part of the company’s aim to increase its oil and gas market share from 10 percent to 15 percent over the next eight years. Shell is expected to invest $31 billion in U.K. energy before 2030, 75 percent of which will go to cleaner energy sources.
In addition, the government is likely to make a deal with a coal-fired facility in Nottinghamshire to maintain operations for longer than scheduled to ensure the U.K.’s energy security. Negotiations are taking place with French energy company EDF to delay the plant’s closure from October this year to next March.
But the opposition and the public are taking notice of these recent changes in the government’s approach to energy.
Environmentalist groups and the far left Liberal Democrat party criticized the government this month for approving gas drilling in Surrey Hills, in the South of England, despite environmental risks. The Green loonies and the Lib Dumbs would rather us sit shivering in the dark through future winters than admit the truth, that climate change is not an existential threat and all the doom laden warnings are based not on reality but on evidence from mathematical models of the climate. Environmentalist campaigners suggested that the government has an “obsession” with finding new fossil fuel developments. Greenpeace UK policy director Doug Parr said “with this decision the government is completely undermining local democracy, the planning laws that are supposed to protect our designated landscapes and the climate crisis in one fell swoop.”
I wonder if this self - righteous idiot and his unwashed cronies understand that should we shut down all fossil fuel powered operations immediately as the tree - huggers are demanding, not a single hospital in Britain could operate, our cities would grind to a halt, and there would be no food in the shops.
It is good to see that for once, instead of pandering to extremists the government is doing the right thing in turning its back on loonytoons climate pledges and policies, in the face of energy shortages and rising
prices, we are turning back to oil, gas and
even coal, in a bid to ensure the country’s energy security. Next step Boris, get those nukes built.