Irony of ironies

Geroge Monbiot is worrying about fuel poverty.

It is, of course, George Mombiot who has been screaming loudly that energy must be made more expensive so that people use less of it in order to combat climate change.

And, just to complete the loop, fuel poverty is increasing because the price of energy is going up as a result of the policies designed to make energy more expensive and so combat climate change.

There\’s nothing quite like complaining about the outcomes of your own policies, is there?

Ooooh, excellent catch from Bishop Hill here.

Of the EU 15 capitals, London is 12 th most expensive for electricity and least expensive for gas.

Sounds like that free market system works rather well actually.

6 comments on “Irony of ironies

  1. You have to wonder at the environmentalists. The whole idea of reducing carbon consumption was being achieved by the price mechanism, which by definition is going to hit the poorest most.

    I think if you scratch an environmentalist you one of two types: the fundamentalists who believe the world population needs to be reduced drastically, and don’t really care how that’s achieved, or the control freaks (melons – green on the outside, red on the inside) whose real objective is not saving the planet, but smashing capitalism, and controlling the public via some sort of carbon rationing (which is the only other way of reducing carbon emissions).

  2. “It is, of course, George Mombiot who has been screaming loudly that energy must be made more expensive so that people use less of it in order to combat climate change.”

    There are two goals as Monbiot himself lets slip – reduction in usage and enforced redistribution of wealth. The latter is the hook with which socialists and other flavours of ‘left’ have been brought on board is the similar fashion to fossil fuel interests and banking interests being brought on board with the promise of a windfall of revenue from trading emissions permits and a subsidised starting point as the major producers and investors in ‘green’ energy.

  3. “is the” should be “in a”.

    The promise of control over other people is equally attractive to the Fabian type mindset.

    You have to ask yourself – why, if reducing carbon emissions is the stated goal, are they going about it expensively and irrationally?

    They are stupid and/or they don’t care. It’s not their money. They are insulated from the consequences of their decisions.

    I wouldn’t mind the extra taxation so much if I could direct it myself into funding nuclear. I don’t want to subsidise crap and expensive CCS nor wind turbines.

  4. “I wouldn’t mind the extra taxation so much if”

    .. they cut income tax by the same amount. Funny how these taxes only go one way, isn’t it?

  5. “Fuel poverty”? Really?

    That sounds to me like a made-up phrase trying to create a non-existent problem that can only be solved through more government control, controlled of course by people like Mr. Monbiot.

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