Energy Matters reader Doug Brodie has sent an email to all Tory MPs appealing for them to repeal the 2008 Climate Change Act. More on Doug’s email in a moment, but first a brief look at what the Climate Change Act says.
It is the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline.
Amendment of 2050 target or baseline year
The Secretary of State may by order
(a) amend the percentage specified in section 1(1);
(b) amend section 1 to provide for a different year to be the baseline year.
Hence, in is not actually necessary to repeal The Act since the secretary of State has powers to change the target, but since Amber Rudd is not going to be Secretary of State forever and nor will the Tories be in power for ever, they should in my opinion do the deed while the going is good.
In their manifesto the Tories said they would continue to support the UK Climate Change Act (Figure 1) which may make it tricky for them to repeal it. The energy policy section of their manifesto was a total dogs dinner, Green tinged in anticipation of another coalition? Well they actually have absolute power now and should place the best interests of UK citizens at the heart of energy policy, and seize the moment.
Figure 1 Guaranteeing you clean, affordable and secure energy supplies, from 2015 Tory manifesto. Click for large and readable version.
And so to Doug’s email to Tory MPs. In it Doug also provides a link to a 16 page pdf detailing his views on why climate science and energy policies designed to tackle it are flawed.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Why the Climate Change Act should be Repealed
I am a retired engineer who is horrified at how climate change political correctness is leading our country into electricity blackouts and economic decline, all for marginal climate and sustainability benefit. I have taken the liberty to sending this email to all Tory MPs because I expect that my MP Mr Drew Hendry will not support my case, as it goes against SNP policies. Only the Tory Party, now free from coalition constraints, can avert the impending disaster.
I urge you to read at least the opening and closing pages of my carefully referenced paper Why the Climate Change Act should be Repealed, which gives this disgruntled voter’s views on why so-called “climate change” is a non-problem and why the government’s efforts to tackle this non-problem are proving to be ineffectual yet destructive. My paper has been informally peer-reviewed by two professional experts. It gives plain speaking support to the arguments presented by ex-environment minister Owen Paterson in his lecture Keeping the Lights On, given last October at Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation think tank.
I believe that considered withdrawal from the costly, futile, destructive and, if reality is acknowledged, unattainable decarbonisation targets of the Climate Change Act would be popular with the public if explained properly, e.g. by emphasising the progress on energy efficiency (as opposed to failing, ruinous decarbonisation). It would leave the leftist parties in disarray, wedded as they are to the full climate change agenda of “money no object” futile internationalist gestures and statist, interventionist regulation and control.
The issue of climate change has an important bearing on the December Paris climate summit. I very much hope that we will avoid committing to any damaging, unattainable “UN world governance” emissions reduction targets. Repatriation of our energy policies should also be a major issue for the current EU renegotiations on the terms of continued UK membership, to be voted on by 2017.
Douglas S Brodie, BSc
If you have a Tory MP and agree with Doug’s position then please send him or her an email urging them to prioritise this course of action.