Updated: Dec 1, 2020
by The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)
The Prime Minister's 10 point Plan for a "Green Industrial Revolution" is little more than shallow gesture politics according to the Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) with severe economic implications from day one.
Lord Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and board member of GWPF has also added his voice to the debate:
"If the Government were trying to damage the economy they couldn’t be doing it better.
Moreover, the job creation mantra is economically illiterate. A programme to erect statues of Boris in every town and village in the land would also ‘create jobs’ but that doesn’t make it a sensible thing to do.”
Not only is the economic case wholly unproven, but the fabled jobs-boom will be nothing more than a mirage if past experience is anything to go by:
"Britain has green industries that are still dependent on huge handouts, now totalling £10 billion a year — and building nearly all their green equipment overseas. The recent Seagreen offshore wind farm, for example, has awarded its contracts to two countries with cheap energy, the UAE and China, bitterly disappointing BiFab and other Scottish manufacturers. Green miracles just don’t happen."
The full article can be read here on pdf with a link to the original beneath it:
As an addendum to the above, we enclose The Economist's editorial piece on the announcement.
As a a further addendum we enclose the following article by Ross Clark in The Spectator illustrating some of the perverse outcomes of the government’s current green agenda.
“The problem is the perverse target which lies at its heart: the legally-binding demand, laid down in the Climate Change Act, to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. This is so badly defined that the government’s ten-point plan becomes really little more than a manifesto to export much of British industry, food production and power generation.
“The UK's definition of carbon emissions, as used in the Climate Change Act, covers only ‘territorial’ emissions – i.e. those spewed out physically within the confines of Britain. It excludes carbon emissions from factories in South East Asia which are making products for UK consumers. It excludes the emissions from container ships bringing those goods to Britain – at least until they reach the last few miles before docking at Felixstowe. It also excludes international aviation, emissions caused in producing and transporting imported food, and imported electricity.
“What we have really done is offshore our emissions. Huge swathes of the UK’s manufacturing industry have drained away to South East Asia, taking their territorial emissions with them.”
Here is the article in full with a link to the original: