Sarah Ingham is the author of The Military Pact.
Among the list of Met Office storm names for 2021 are Heulwen (Welsh for blessed by the sun if not for irony) and Saidhbhin.
Probably only those of us who don’t need to fill sandbags have enough time on our hands to worry about the complicated pronunciation of dhbh. The millions of people living in areas at risk of flooding are sure to cheer on this week’s announcement by the Environment Agency that it will cease to be low-carbon concrete when it builds its flood defenses. country.
With man-made climate change blamed almost every time it rains (or doesn’t rain) on Britain’s green and pleasant land, it seems appropriate that the quango in charge of protecting us from floods is commissioning the load of the reduction in carbon, possibly the cause of all the storms from Aiden to Wilson and the floods that have accompanied the country in recent years.
During the week, political attention focused on Dominic Cumming’s real bombshells in his appearance on a select marathon committee (which rivals the Duke of Sussex’s vengeful confessionals with Oprah). . At the very least, this state division is enthusiastically saving on Carbon Net Zero, rather than giving it a shot at reality.
When it comes to extracting domestic gas boilers that currently provide heat and hot water for 30 million homes, ministers could be following the science from scratch, but prudent homeowners would probably prefer to listen to the experts.
Just as the EA was issuing its statement, Pimlico Plumbers chief Charlie Mullins, who probably knows condensate drainage traps better than most MPs, poured cold water on targets to replace our trusted gas combos with clean zero-zero alternatives, including heat pumps or biomass boilers. Mullins’ message to the Government, as reported by the Daily mail? ‘Be realistic.’
Deadlines are fast approaching for Britain to become greener. Gas boilers should be banned from new homes in 2025 and banished forever in 2035, while sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be banned in 2030. As the recent speech by the Queen, the UK is committed to achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
The May administration set a legally binding target and discredited it in June 2019 by the discredited Zombie Parliament, hoping to bathe in a redemptive greenwash. Last month, the Johnson administration overcame this by incorporating by law a new target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035.
Conservatives are destined to conserve, why not save the planet? But the warm glow of doing the right thing will not make up for the absence of central heating when our gas boilers are destined for waste. Hydrogen boilers are barely off the drawing board. In an interview with Andrew Marr, Jo Biden’s climate tsar John Kerry acknowledged the highly uncomfortable truth that half of the technology that brings us to Net Zero has yet to be invented.
The global blockade meant a kind of cuts in energy consumption and emissions that were beyond the wildest dreams of Greta Thunberg, Greenpeace and Plane Stupid. According to the National Grid, demand for power in Britain fell by as much as 20%. Flexible work has reduced EA emissions from business travel by 48% and buildings by 22%.
Kerry insists we must not compromise our quality of life in order to reduce emissions. Step forward Elon Musk, able to square a visible high-end consumption with the circle, not, halo, of ecological responsibility. Unlike the pious Prius, Musk’s Tesla makes electric cars the objects of desire. Available next year, the Model S Plaid + will have a projected top speed of 200 mph. And a price of about £ 140,000, which will not be paid in Bitcoin. Recently, Musk tweeted that Tesla would not accept cryptocurrency because of its environmental impact, just before its Gulfstream landed in Luton.
As the Government leads us to zero net future, you better be sure of science. The unintended consequences of making a mistake will mistake the Labor debacle over diesel. As chancellor, Gordon Brown charged lower taxes on diesel vehicles, which emitted less carbon but higher pollutants, ultimately contributing to Britain’s poor air quality.
Similarly, biodiversity research was a factor in the EA’s decision not to dredge Somerset levels. Man’s ignorance of historical practice rather than man-made climate change led to the catastrophic floods of 2013/14.
If polls show voters are in favor of going green, they will not vote green. In 2019, when we were now on the verge of the apocalypse for climate emergencies, with Greta denouncing the UN (‘how dare you?’) And the Rebellion of Extinctions clogging the streets of London with its crunchy, pink boat and actor Emma Thompson, the green party won two million votes and seven seats in the European elections. A fair result but surpassed by the Brexit party. Although they wanted very different results, both the Greens and Nigel Farage’s supporters demanded a seismic national change.
In this month’s election, the Greens won no seats for the Welsh senedd, won just six per cent of the seats in the Scottish Parliament and garnered 358 votes in Hartlepool. A reasonable demonstration in the Bristol mayoral race is hardly a national mandate for the policies they advocate.
“Let them drive Teslas.” The Yellow Jackets protests of 2018/19 in France were partly provoked by the ecological taxes imposed by the Macron government, whose wealthy members were perceived as increasingly out of touch.
Vote Blue, Go Green was a Cameron-era slogan for the Conservative party. By turning green, the current government must ensure that voters on the blue and red walls never have to reach for yellow vests.
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