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 Ed Davey holds forth again.  Read on....

“The EU is a powerful voice when it comes to making the case for action to tackle climate change. By working closely together, the EU and UK form a formidable partnership, that can bring about real change. This campaign - ‘A world you like. With a climate you like’ – is another example of the innovative approach to making a difference and I’m pleased to announce that DECC is an official partner.

This slogan above undoubtedly wins a wooden spoon for fatuous sentiment.

Leaving Europe? Not if Ed's got anything to do with it.

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Reader Comments (44)

I fear that "a climate you like" will come back to haunt them.
I can hardly wait!

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

Poor old Ed Daveylamp.

I never thought we'd be burdened with a Secretary of State even more blatantly dimwitted than Eddie Milipede and BuffHuhne.

But Daveylamp has risen to this particular challenge with panache.

‘A world I like. With a climate I like’

Now watch some eggregious barsteward like Daveylamp come along and pretend to be able to change it. (And picking my pocket whilst he's at it)

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Brumby


Oct 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

I thought the UK was part of the EU. I didn't know they were partners. Are they married, or just living in sin. And now DECC is a partner too; a threesome even.

Davey knows how to talk nonsense, and I thought every time Prescott opened his mouth some fool spoke.

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

I would like it warmer.

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterChas

Which political party will promise us the climate we like in its election manifesto? Would that promise be any less likely to be kept than many of the others?

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

If I were UK food franchise Spudulike, with over 3 decades of brand building, I'd be calling the lawyers round about now.

It takes a special kind of talent.

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterChuckles

Voters should poll themselves on what climate they'd like, and then ask compensation from the EU when such climate is not delivered.

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:55 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

‘A world you like. With a climate you like’
Sounds like an advert for an air-conditioned penthouse flat on Manhatten Island.

Oct 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid C

Climate-u-like is a Euro-based fast fraud franchise founded in the UK in 2012. Its products are half-baked catastrophe (science being known as "catastrophe" in colloquial environmental activism), with a wide range of propaganda fillings. It has branches across Brussels and the UK.

Climate-u-like's menu consists primarily of half-baked catastrophe with a choice of uncertainty. Typical fillings include subverted peer review, lack of transparency, models-u-like, urban heat, fabricated hockey sticks, suppression of dissent, media manipulation, exaggerated impacts, new world order, lack of empirical evidence, and tax & original sin. Catastrophe is half-baked in the IPCC by lead authors, are cooked up in front of the policymaker and served in a FOI resistant dish with forked tongue.

Oct 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterChairman Al

Great. Can we now have an "MPs You Like" intitiative, or better still a "Taxes You Like" one?

Oct 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM | Unregistered Commentertimheyes

"It takes a special kind of talent".

Too true - perhaps like the sort you get from someone who did PPE at Uni then went straight into working as lacky for Alan Beith and lo and behold became an MP and is now a Minister. The sort of talent you only get from someone who has never had a proper job in his entire life.

Oct 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterRB


With this drivel on Davey's CV, he'd better make the most of this job as he won't even be trusted to flip burgers after the next election.

Oct 8, 2012 at 8:31 PM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

But you have to understand, given that poor, well-meaning Davey doesn't have the remotest idea of what 'climate change' means beyond a vague sense that he must oppose it – get the ol' bike out Davey… you never know, there might be a photo opportunity! – and that his putative political career as a non-entity depends on his embracing such a notion, of course he will, must, enthusiastically embrace such stirring slogans.

In addition to which, given that the DECC, which he now so nobly commands, had clearly already given some preposterous quantity of taxpayers' money to an agency that was only too ready to lap it up in return for producing so fatuous a statement, how could Davey conceivably have turned it down without being accused of wasting said taxpayers' money?

Here's a thought: 'A world you like. A world without cretinous, self-serving politicians. A world you can't vote for. A world you can't even dream about.'

Oct 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterAgouts

Words fail me

Oct 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

If you haven't watched the latest series of 'The Thick of It', I urge you to do so; this story could be a script idea that the writers rejected as being too un-realistic.

Oct 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterSpillinger

DECC Press notice: 12/119
08 October 2012

The Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) was established in February 2010. It is responsible for the European Commission’s international and domestic activities on fighting climate change.

These maroons contradict themselves in their own press release. You can't have the climateulike brought about by 'real change' when they have a whole directorate (DG CLIMA) dedicated to maintaining the one we've got (wet summers an' all)!

Oct 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterBilly Liar

Where is there a Cnut who can demonstrate the follies of today's courtiers at large?

Oct 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterDr K.A. Rodgers

Turn up the Gulf Stream a bit would you. Yes its been a lot warmer since we had that put in.

Oct 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

'and I’m pleased to announce that DECC is an official'... department of pratts. Serious politics this is Benny Hill time.

Oct 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Where's Josh?

Oct 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

Alan Reed - "Turn up the Gulf Stream a bit would you. Yes its been a lot warmer since we had that put in."

Excellent - only can we have some warning next time? I'm still suffering from hot tea shooting down my nose and on to the keypad!

Oct 8, 2012 at 10:07 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohnbuk

This guy is going mad. He took the windmill portfolio from the new Energy Minister who replaced the efficient but misguided Hendry, Hayes because the latter has criticised the windmills.

Now we have Osborne triggering shale gas and CCGTs. The generator oligopoly has threatened to pull out but that's an empty threat because we can buy CCGTs from China to fill the gap.

So, he's going mad because his EU pension is going down the Swannee. Good riddance to another Porritt indoctrinated eugenicist.

Oct 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

I want my climate to be 26 C during the day and 19 C during the night, breezy, sunny with an occasional rainfall during the night to keep the turf green and snow two days before I leave
for the mountains for the skiing holiday.

Oct 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex

'A world you like. With a climate you a like.'

No kidding, the edit-needy 4th of 5 banal repeats of the new EU Climate Action slogan punch line from DECC's webpage, hoping to promote a low carbon society.

Utter tripe.

Oct 8, 2012 at 11:08 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

With Obama stopping the sea level from rising and Ed providing me with a balmy climate my sea front properties are saved.

Thanks guys,

Yours forever, Al Gore. xx

Oct 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterDisko Troop

Now we all know, the DECC is and has dumbed down [and desperate] but this.....mind you it is - empty Ed Davey.

Unless Cheryl Cole is on the packet, I can't see the lads going for it - better throw in some free lager too.

Oct 9, 2012 at 12:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

I would like a climate without politicians.
I would really like that world.

Oct 9, 2012 at 12:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver

Alex 11:06 PM

You have a good idea. I don't live in the UK, but now that Davey has raised the idea of controllable climate I think it would be nice if everyone in the UK sent Davey a specific request for the "climate he'd/she'd like".

However, you'd better make sure that the "climate u like" doesn't interfere with the "climate I like".

Oct 9, 2012 at 1:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterReed Coray

Dr K.A.Rodgers,
Where is there a Cnut? Perhaps in Fcuk?
There again there is strong evidence that the DECC itself may be the best place to search for real Cnuts.

Oct 9, 2012 at 2:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaul_K

'A world you like. With a climate you a like.' This is the EU campaign to combat climate change and promote a low-carbon society, run by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action.

This all sounds eerily reminiscent of the UN's recent Rio+20 sloganeering: "The Future We Want".

The rapidity with which these nameless recyling re-framers leap from one failed frame to another, seems to be increasing at a rate which is, well, faster than we thought ;-)

Oct 9, 2012 at 2:03 AM | Registered CommenterHilary Ostrov

@Chairman Al

You forgot to mention the price -- can I get one for under a trillion dollars?

Oct 9, 2012 at 4:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

'A world you like. With a climate you like’ - Yer they made a film about it, it's called the endless summer. Is Mr Davey now saying DECC can change the UK and EU climate to an endless summer because that's the climate I like.

These guys really are moroons but I read a good article somewhere yesterday where some bloke was saying all the good intelligent people in the world are in finance making up derivates, I think it was the head of the biggest hedge fund in the world some chinese bloke.

Oct 9, 2012 at 8:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterShevva

Truly scary times when morons like Davey, who was head boy of the Independent school he and balls attended before Oxford, can get into power. And then of course they were indoctrinated into the belief that CO2 controls climate and that all you have to do is to reduce it and we'll get the endless summer.

These pathetic non-engineers with no knowledge of the fundamentals of control systems.

Oct 9, 2012 at 8:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlecM

8 Oct: Bloomberg/Businessweek: Alex Morales: U.K. Proposes Canceling EU CO2 Allowances to Raise Prices
U.K. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said he’s pushing for the European Union to cancel some emissions trading allowances to boost the carbon price by mopping up an excess of the permits used to reduce pollution…
“In order to deliver certainty to markets and businesses, we need to go further than backloading,” Davey said. “I am going to use the current negotiations on the EU ETS to argue for permanent cancellation of EU ETS allowances, in order to drive up that carbon price.”…
“I believe Poland is looking for a way out of their isolation on the environment in Europe,” Davey said. “I believe we can find a way forward even during the next six months.”…
Canceling 1.8 billion permits would eliminate all the excess certificates that have depressed prices, he said…

Davey singled out Poland, just as almost every article on the EU unilateral aviation emissions tax singled out China, however:

9 Oct: Business Times Singapore: Six EU nations sceptical of CO2 price plan: Poland
Environment officials from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania met in Warsaw on Monday to discuss the EU Commission’s plan to cut permit supply in its carbon market by up to 40 per cent over the next three years.
“All countries (in the group) are sceptical with regards to the EC proposal. All countries have reservations as we don’t know what the Commission wants to do, when and how often,” said Marcin Korolec.
“We don’t know how the Commission wants to assess the functioning of the market and if we’re thinking of multi-billion euro investments, we need stability and this proposal just brings more chaos.” …

chaos would seem to be the objective.

Oct 9, 2012 at 9:16 AM | Unregistered Commenterpat

I think it would be a very nice idea if we moved sunrise to earlier in the winter and sunset until later ...just like in the summer. Then we'd have more daylight to make our solar panels work better and eliminate fossil fuels.

My colleagues and I will be presenting legislation to the House to make it happen beginning in winter 2013

I shall be writing to Mr Davey urging him to argue for dramatically increased global carbon emissions so that we can enjoy a Mediterranean climate in southern England. However with recent research suggesting that global temperature sensitivity is at most 1.5ºC per doubling of CO2, this may not be attainable and we may have to settle for a Loire valley climate.

Oct 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavid S

From the DECC launch blurb ...........

"The European Union has taken many climate action initiatives to promote a green and low-carbon economy. More action is needed. Even small actions can lead to significant benefits, not just for the planet and its environment, but also for individuals and their pockets."

Just so ............................ the only individuals with benefits in their pockets are the subsidy harvesters! Shame on them.

Oct 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Thomson

The hubris of cliaming that a government program will deliver climate better than the mail or trash pick up is astonishing.

Oct 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM | Unregistered Commenterlurker, passing through laughing

You guys are too harsh! it says:

“A world you like. With a climate you like“ aims to start a dialogue with you and with everyone who is interested to share visions and innovations on a climate-friendly future.

Well I am less than interested so I don't need to get involved. I would dearly love him to start a dialogue with me though >.<

The world I would like is one in which our economy is successful, our energy is cheap, our citizens have jobs and the whole Liberal Democrat party are accidentally deposited in a particularly toxic land-fill site.

Oct 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Registered CommenterDung

I like a climate of baking sunshine during the day
and freezing cold at night, with practically no rain
and massive sandstorms. It's lucky then I am in
the Sahara Desert. It's a Climate-I-Like, but I am
betting that it's not a Climate-U-Like though.

Oct 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterA Bedouin

Direct response to Ed

Well Ed it all sounds wonderful but we do not want to be disappointed so how about you stop Germany from building their 20 new coal fired power stations


Get them to install CCS on the power stations

and then come back and talk to us again, in the meantime bugger off.

Oct 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Wow Ed Davey can control the weather. A modern day Canute - only spelt slightly differently.

Oct 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterNick in Vancouver

Anagram can be elucidating perhaps ?

Rt Hon Edward Davey MP = And Thy Depraved Worm

Minister Greg Barker MP = Trim Perm Ginger's A Berk

Miliband Brothers = Lo, Them Birdbrains

Climate Change Act = Magic Can Let Cheat

Oct 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterMaris Piper

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