Chris Huhne, insane

Huhne, who has been a prime mover behind the plan for higher targets, hit back angrily, telling the Guardian: \”The short-termist view of sticking to 20% doesn\’t cut the mustard. Moving to 30% would give our businesses a head-start in new green industries and get us off the oil hook quicker, insulating us from oil price spikes.\”

What would you call someone who said that in order to protect us from prices spiking from their current 10 pence a unit up to as much as 20 pence a unit, we should all immediately install energy systems which cost us 45 pence a unit?

Yup, insane, that\’s what you\’d call them.

Unfortunately Chris Huhne is currently inside the Cabinet pissing out, not quite where we want him to be.

16 comments on “Chris Huhne, insane

  1. According to The Times today each large wind turbine gets a subsidy of about £160,000 every year.

    The money comes from inflating our energy bills.

  2. Ecotricity, which belongs to one individual, has about 50 turbines operating.

    This makes a subsidy of about £8,000,000 per annum. All paid for by inflating our energy bills.

    It is a scandal.

  3. And this endless bullshit about green jobs… They’re just massively subsidised jobs…

    It’s the public sector all over again except both sides are going to piss endless sums up a wall…

    And worse still is that while we’re setting fire to gigantic piles of tenners, the lack of real generation capcity means over the next 10/20 years the bloody lights are going to go out…

  4. All those subsidies for windmills and solar panels are in practice subsidies to land ownership, as they require vast amounts of space. It is impossible for a tenant or other non-landowner to make money from the subsidies.

    Ergo, it’s the same old, same old. Prince Charles of course is a Greenie AND a large landowner, what a coincidence, eh?

  5. “bloody lights are going to go out” – i think it unlikely that the lights will go out – they can throw up modern gas generating plants quite quickly, and there’s the interconnectors to the continent.

    If push really comes to shove the Brits will simply pay top dollar and someone with less money in eastern europe will go without.

  6. “If push really comes to shove the Brits will simply pay top dollar and someone with less money in eastern europe will go without.”

    My Polish friends tell me that significant numbers of people with skills are heading East because they are sick of their GBP income decreasing in real terms.

  7. ……Note also the rise of the Peak Oil Narrative as the Climate Catastrophe Narrative fades……

    Which is great because we don’t use oil for electricity generation, so peak oil is meaningless here. Where we do use oil, in transportation, the current alternatives are worse than going back to horse draw carriages.

  8. And as “Johnnydub” says, “green jobs” are just subsidies by another name. ISTR the economics mob at the University of Madrid reporting that for every “green” job created in Spain, 2.3 “ordinary” jobs were destroyed.

  9. “the economics mob at the University of Madrid reporting that for every “green” job created in Spain, 2.3 “ordinary” jobs were destroyed.”

    Ah, Spain! A country that paid it’s solar power generators a heafty subsidy for night time generation.

  10. Which is great because we don’t use oil for electricity generation, so peak oil is meaningless here.

    Nice try. Gas reserves and extraction rates are following the same trajectory as oil reserves and extraction rates – this is why gas prices track oil prices.

    Tim adds: Err….no.

    Shale.

    Gas prices have decoupled from oil in the last year or two.

  11. “member states had increased their economic output over the past two decades while cutting emissions,…”
    That’s true. Start at 1990, include all the former Soviet States in Eastern Europe with the “dirtiest” and most inefficient kit the world has ever seen and, yeah, you can show reductions in emmissions and gains in efficiency. Big deal. The “low hanging fruit” is already picked.

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