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Renewables industry moves to amend Energy Bill

Lord Oxburgh, chairman of Falck Renewables, has moved an amendment to the Energy Bill that would require the country to adopt a 2030 decarbonisation target.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is as good a summary of the corrupt state of the nation as you could possibly want.

[Update: It seems that Lord O is no longer a director of Falck. He remains a director of another green energy company 2OC, is an advisor to a green investment fund, and is chairman of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association.]

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Yup! That's about as perfect an example of our corrupt system as ever there could be. For shame!

Jun 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM | Registered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

Blinder. Well played,

Jun 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterManniac

I have just two words for Lord Oxburgh-

Falck Off.

Jun 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM | Unregistered Commenterchris y

Isn't this the same amendment proposed by fellow eco-trougher Tim Yeo a couple of weeks ago?

Jun 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

That really does force every last drop of bile to rise.

Did he ever declare his interest in falck renewables at the time of CG?
Is his interest properly declared to the House now? (And is he meant to draw attention again to his interest at time of proposiing his amendment?)

This must surely provide highly suitable material for another question to the House, but just as surely it needs someone far more eloquent than me to get the phrasing right.

Jun 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM | Registered Commentermatthu

The worse it gets, the more likely it will be noticed and something done about it.

Then again, perhaps not.

Jun 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM | Registered CommenterRobert Christopher

Perhaps a sign of desperation when Oxburgh must risk being seen in public without clothes. Could they really not find someone untainted to move the amendment?

Jun 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterLuther Bl't

It's time to start arresting people.

Jun 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

Is this THE Lord Oxburgh? The impartial one?

Jun 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterAustralis

"And that, ladies and gentlemen, is as good a summary of the corrupt state of the nation as you could possibly want"
A sad but prescient eulogy of a once proud nation brought low by a ruling class of 21st Century robber-barons aided and abetted by a pathetic, compliant and eager-to-please fourth estate.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man; perhaps a forlorn hope but unless someone of stature steps up to the mark and destroys the forces of economic insanity that threaten our futures then, ladies and gentlemen, we're right, royally f**ked!

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoyFOMR

This is Oxburgh of climategate enquiry fame.

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

Richard North noticed something interesting tucked away in Obama's Climate Action Plan - support for "emerging nuclear technologies – including small modular reactors".

Maybe the renewables troughers are getting worried?

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterRon

Haven't I heard that name before somewhere?...innocent face

Jun 27, 2013 at 5:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

I have just two words for Lord Oxburgh-

Falck Off.

Jun 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM | chris

it should not be Falck Off, but rather Frack On.

The US has greatly reduced its CO2 emissions simply because of fracking, and the switch from coal to gas.

Whilst I am not one of those who sees the need to get rid of coal, nor the need to reduce CO2 emission, the UK could make a 'worthwhile' reduction in its CO2 emissions by using gas from fracking.

Biomass (due to its lower calorific value) actually produces more CO2 than gas (and it is only via an accounting slight of hand, that gives it a CO2 credit, that enables the government to claim that it produces less CO2 than coal; in the real world it does not). So the replacement of coal and biomass by gas from fracking would acttually lower UK's emissions (ie., real world emissions)..

is this worthwhile? Well given the miniscule reduction in global temperatures that would theoretically result from the UK completely cuutting out all CO2 emissions, and given that China and India are adding a couple of new coal fired generators every week, it is nothing more than gesture politics on behalf of the UK.

PS, I often wonder what Climate/CO2 sensitivity they use when assessing the reduction in global temperatures that would result from the UK cutting out all emissions. If sensiitivity is lower than used (which I envisage will be the case as evidence mounts up that climate sensitivity is less than the IPCC assume) then the gesture becomes even more futile!

Jun 27, 2013 at 7:59 AM | Unregistered Commenterrichard verney

Perhaps Lord Donoghue might like to repay the favour we have been doing him lately with suggestions for PQs by taking on this 'noble' lord head-on.
For once I am "thinking of the children" as these charlatans insist I should do. I have a year-old grand-daughter and I have no wish to see her life chances — and those of every other Briton under about 25 — totally destroyed so that this man and his cronies can continue to fill their pockets
The conflict of interest is bordering on the breathtaking. Is there no-one left in a position of authority who can call time on people who — in fact if not in law — are committing acts bordering on treason?

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

And I was taught, as a child, many, many years ago, that England was ruled by honest, honourable men.

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

Yes, it was them who told you.

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterTheBigYinJames

I'm afraid the true indicator of corruption (and it is an intellectual corruption) is that the ‘leaders’ of our supposedly investigative fourth estate, the BBC and the Guardian, won't touch this story with a barge pole EVEN if they became aware that it existed.

The good Lord is one of their ‘good guys’. And therefore untouchable.

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

"The British Geological Survey was asked to estimate how much gas is trapped in rocks beneath Lancashire and Yorkshire.

It said there could be 1,300 trillion cubic feet at one site alone, but it is unclear how much could be extracted." (Read Harrabin's comments as well)

So Lord Oxburgh would have seen this report and decided to try and shut off major shale gas developments by introducing this amendment before it is too late. More fools them if our Houses of Parliament fall for this wheeze.

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Peter

We never heard any more about Falck's links to the Mafia wind scandal - dug up by the Bish over two years ago - and described in detail in Tom Fuller's Examiner piece.

The head of Falck Italy had to resign - but the Noble Lord seems to have sailed imperturbably onward.

The article describes those famous wind farms in Corleone, Sicily - which pulled in huge subsidies without the boring inconvenience of being connected to the grid.

Maybe he should be referred to as Don Oxburgh in future.

Jun 27, 2013 at 9:56 AM | Registered CommenterFoxgoose

"emerging nuclear technologies – including small modular reactors".

I am sure I saw a documentary about these units, quite a few years ago. It was a three part documentary and, as I recall, the part about the miniature reactors was either at the end of part one, or possibly in part two. I think the documentary was called something like "Back in the Future". The micro-reactor was fitted to a car, nice silver one - looked quite sporty.

Jun 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM | Registered Commenterthinkingscientist

Reminder from

In the House of Lords Register of Lords' Interests, Oxburgh lists under remunerated directorships his chairmanship of Falck Renewables, and chairmanship of Blue NG, a renewable power company. (Oxburgh holds no shares in Falck Renewables, and serves as a non-exec chairman.) He also declares that he is an advisor to Climate Change Capital, to the Low Carbon Initiative, Evo-Electric, Fujitsu, and an environmental advisor to Deutsche Bank. For a year he was non-exec chairman of Shell.

GLOBE is conspicuous by its absence, however. Oxburgh joined GLOBE in 2008. The University of East Anglia appointed Oxburgh after consulting the Royal Society.

"We are grateful to the Royal Society for helping us to identify such a strong panel and to the members for dedicating their time to this important matter," said the University in a press statement. It may not be the smartest advice the UEA has ever received - the Royal Society's partisanship is well known.

(A parallel enquiry, headed by Sir Muir Russell, is already underway.)

One insider, who declined to be named, described Oxburgh's appointment as "like putting Dracula in charge of the Blood Bank".

GLOBE has not returned our request for comment. Nor has the University. The network hasn't had much luck with its UK appointments, as key figures have become caught up in the MP expenses scandal.

GLOBE's worldwide secretary Elliott Morley and its British branch secretary David Chaytor were two of three MPs to face criminal charges last week. Brent MP Barry Gardiner, co-chairman of the GLOBE Dialogue on Land Use Change & Ecosystems claimed for a second home eight miles from Westminster, and worked the system for £200,000.

In 2007 Oxburgh won a Lifetime Achievement Award from Platts. The judges said they were also impressed by “his very high ethical standards".

Jun 27, 2013 at 10:05 AM | Registered Commentermatthu

Surely a case of "Misconduct in a Public Office".

Where the motive is defined as:
"In order to establish whether the behaviour is sufficiently serious to amount to the offence, the officer's motive is also relevant: ...the question has always been, not whether the act done might, upon full and mature investigation, be found strictly right, but from what motive it had proceeded; whether from a dishonest, oppressive, or corrupt motive, under which description, fear and favour may generally be included, or from mistake or error..."

Jun 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

Willis Eschenbach noted this a couple of days ago at WUWT:

I say that history will not look kindly on those people and organizations who are currently impoverishing the poor and damaging the environment in a futile fight against CO2, even if the perpetrators are wealthy and melanin-deficient and just running over with oodles of good intentions …

I suspect Oxburgh though is happy to enjoy his champagne and cigars now together with his crony-accolades, and let history go hang itself (and the rest of us).

Jun 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Private Eye will be right on it...

Jun 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

The phrase don't they have any shame springs to mind, but of course they don't ...


Jun 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterPointman

Steven Goddard posted this link

it carries a (chilling?) claim by KGB defector that most of KGB activity was conditioning a whole generation in the west so they couldn't think coherently, to the extent that even if they were presented with clear evidence that what they current thought was wrong they would not be able to accept this new evidence.

This process takes one or two generations as this is the time it takes for people to move from education to positions of power.

Of course such a thing could never happen here.

Jun 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Shiers

best I bite my tongue

Jun 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM | Unregistered Commenteradhominer

I have just had a look at Falck Renewables website he is not registered as Chairman or even a director, you might want to edit this post.

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterForester126

The Ignoble Lord has failed to declare in the Lords' register of interests his membership of the advisory board of Real Asset Energy Fund - a post that it would be surprising if it were pro bono...

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Chappell

He opened as follows in the Energy Bill debate: "I declare an interest as honorary president of the Carbon
Capture and Storage Association and a director of 2OC."

He then went on to say:

"I shall confine my remarks to electricity market reform or EMR..",

and then:

"The main aim of EMR is to use market mechanisms to achieve a secure, decarbonised electricity supply
at the lowest possible cost."

Jun 27, 2013 at 1:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterIan_UK

And all the while the subsidy burden grows ever larger as the corruption becomes more blatant and contempt for the electorate is barely masked.
Nigel Farage and UKIP should be a shoe-in at the next election when the winter 2014/15 energy bills, bloated by an unsustainable RO levy hit the front door mats just as the electorate sets out for the polling booths.
The main parties are all in it together, not a cigarette paper between them.
Can't wait!

Jun 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM | Unregistered Commenterroger

I bet my bottom dollar that none of the MPs (with a couple of exceptions) or MSPs here in Scotland have any idea of what they are achieving with their dumb Climate Act and other strange measures.
"Ofgem warns danger of power shortages has increased"
Around 2015 is the time for start of power cuts. Back to Ted Heath's three day week with an abandon.
Happy times ahead. Thanks all you elected representatives without heads.
Will be interesting as the first "shut-down of UK plc" may happen during the election campaign. How many UKIP MPs might that create?

Jun 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Peter

The green industry is just a cesspit of special interests and corruption.

Jun 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn B

Ref above the power shortages issue is now also getting top attention at the Telegraph.
Davey is on the case "Mr Davey also unveiled further details of subsidies for new wind farms and of a promised auction process to pay gas-fired power plants to be available when needed. " More of our money being paid for stand-by cover on top of subsidised wind power."

"National Grid said one of the new proposals involved seeking large consumers to reduce electricity use during times of high demand (between 4 and 8 pm on weekday evenings in the winter) in return for a payment".

Manufacturing group the EEF said it could cost big industrial users millions of pounds to switch off and that for the largest energy consumers the process would take several days."

Time for industry to pull up the tent pegs and move to countries with guaranteed power supply. How daft can you get?

Jun 27, 2013 at 4:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Peter

Lord Oxburgh the new Tim Yeo.

The News of the World had the Fake Sheik and now he is at the The Sun and the Times has got the Fake Lobbyist.

Jun 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

'Industry' seems like the wrong term for something wholly dependent on taxpayer subsidies.

Jun 27, 2013 at 5:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterJake Haye

Back to the earlier Tyndall 'conference' thread...

Moreover, low-carbon supply technologies cannot deliver the necessary rate of emission reductions – they need to be complemented with rapid, deep and early reductions in energy consumption – the rationale for this conference.

Let the 'in fighting' begin. Can't have it both ways. Either 'de-carbonisation' or 'energy rationing' is the future. One group, yacking out of the Tyndall/RS corner, want rationing and the other want to continue toughing in the land of taxpayer supported Unicorn poo. Civil war in the fold?

Jun 27, 2013 at 6:23 PM | Registered Commenterbh3x2

Jamspid, I wouldn't be surprised if Yeo learned everything from Oxburgh.

Roll on the elections and UKIP.

Jun 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimon Conway-Smith

Lord Oxburgh left the Board of Falck Renewables on 26-11-2010, see

As Mathu points out above in the Register article, he is an investment advisor to Climate Change Capital, where they still describe him as chairman of Falck Renewables:

He is also still a member of Deutsche Bank Climate Advisory Board, along with Lord Browne, John Schellnhuber (and previously with Rajendra Pachauri.) (page updated March 2013)

Jun 28, 2013 at 12:58 AM | Registered Commenterdennisa

"UK monthly coal imports rise to 6.5-year high in April: DECC data"

Jun 28, 2013 at 1:03 AM | Registered Commenterdennisa

It must be great to be a Lord and be able to push through legislation that directly profits your business interests in such a bald faced manner.

Jun 28, 2013 at 4:41 AM | Unregistered Commenterlurker, passing through laughing

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