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Saturday
Jul252015

Green Deal  claptrap

Yesterday the government announced it was to scrap funding for the Green Deal, spelling the end for its flagship energy household efficiency programme. Richard Howard is head of centre-right think tank Energy and Environment, Policy Exchange. Ed Davey is former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

An extraordinary interview  on energy policy took place at 7.50 am on BBC Radio 4 Today programme, with John Humphreys soliciting the opinions on the scrapping of the Green Deal from the two below.  [Funny that a spokesman on energy policy from this think tank is OK, while Lord Lawson from the GWPF (the clue is in the name) is persona non grata. ]

After the usual introduction, (there is a scientific consensus, we are all doomed by dangerous climate change unless we act)  from JH,  there followed a  barmy mixture of  a reasonable helping of financial common sense from Richard Howard, tempered by the obligatory "renewables are a jolly good thing". He did say that the Government are "looking at the removal of subsidies"  in the Green Deal rather than definitely "removing them". Amber Rudd's speech should  clarify this, if anyone has read it carefully.

Ed Davey (Ed Davey!!) held forth with his usual breakneck-speed delivery of illogical claptrap, including the statement that renewables were a huge success under the coalition government. Apparently as electricity prices were forecast to be much higher but had dropped, this meant that the green subsidies cost less than they would have done otherwise. which made them really, really good value.

There are more comments on this on Unthreaded from BH readers quicker off the mark than me.

TM

 

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Reader Comments (11)

I woke up to this!!! AArrrrrgghhhh! Hearing Davey's voice nearly tipped me over the edge of reason. He had the gall to claim that subsidised wind/solar was now getting so much cheaper because gas and oil prices were dropping - and the alternative, new gas-fired power - would be extremely expensive because it too was subsidised(!!!) Of course, John Humphries (long past his best before date) didn't challenge him at all as to what he meant by 'subsidy'.

Jul 25, 2015 at 9:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

I thought Davey had been voted into oblivion. "Who will rid us of this turbulent twat?" to misquote someone.

Jul 25, 2015 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered Commenterivor ward

The BBC still has a gagging order on free speech when it comes to common sense.

Even terrorist representatives have more right to respond than CO2.

The War on Terror costs less than the global war on CO2.

The War on CO2 costs more innocent lives

The BBC does not understand why it has lost credibility.

Jul 25, 2015 at 10:27 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

It is a tragic reflection on the BBC, that their News Editorial Team still believe that Ed Davey has any credibility.

Or was it simply that the BBC could not find anyone else, to lecture listeners on why the BBC is right in its doomed stance, on failed science?

Jul 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

I thought Richard Howard was weak, and somebody like Professor Dieter Helm would have been more appropriate.

The subject was supposed to be the Green Deal though, that's what RH was there to discuss, and Humphrys allowed Davey to ramble off topic.

Jul 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterrotationalfinestructure

rfs, Davey 'rambling off topic', demonstrates how a politician plays to his/her strengths,

Jul 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

And Ed D still thinks that if we only had more wind'n'solar, there would be no shortage of electricity! The tragedy is that Humphrys didn't (or couldn't) ask what happens when they are both absent. The BBC does remember the election result, I suppose?

Waking up to the idiot Davey was not a good start to the weekend...

Jul 25, 2015 at 12:19 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Note to Ed Davey:

Viscount Ridley 22.7.2015

By the way, it is a myth that is being repeated here [in the HoL] today that onshore wind is the cheapest renewable. It is not. Hydro is cheaper; biomass is usually cheaper; and, as we have heard, landfill gas is cheaper. So we should not fall into the error of thinking that it is by far the cheapest.

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/150722-0001.htm#15072240000320

Jul 25, 2015 at 4:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

Messenger, Davey doesn't do evidence that disagree with him. He has a touch of Huhne about him.

Jul 25, 2015 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

golf charlie, And the quicker someone throws Davey in prison the safer we'll all feel.

Jul 25, 2015 at 7:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn B
Jul 26, 2015 at 3:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

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