At least, Ed Miliband is an incompetent, ignorant, waste of space fuckwit if he\’s actually bothered to read the report put out under his name.
The UK Renewable Energy Policy is such an appalling document, so riddled with basic errors, that it is difficult to believe that anyone who could both fart and chew gum at the same time would take it seriously. Let alone hold it up as a blueprint, a roadmap, for how this country should organise itself in the future.
Here are just two errors:
1) They insist on a 10% biofuels mandate.
At present biofuels are the most readily deployable renewable technology used in the transport sector. In 2008-09 around 2.6% of all UK road fuels used were biofuels, producing 10 TWh renewable energy and reducing UK carbon emissions by around 3 MtCO2 from the displacement of fossil fuels.109
And what does footnote 109 say?
109 This estimate does not include emissions from biofuel production or possible indirect land use change
And even George Friggin\’ Monbiot agrees that emissions from growing the stuff are higher than emissions from fossil fuels not used. Dang, even Pimental says the same.
So one part of our stopping the oceans from boiling by reducing CO2 emissions is going to be boiling the oceans by increasing CO2 emissions, actually using the law to insist upon it.
2) This part is completely cock:
7.20 This Strategy will provide business opportunities and jobs, and potentially create whole new industrial sectors, although businesses will also face higher energy costs. Meeting our share of the renewable energy target will provide around £100 billion175 worth of investment opportunities and up to half a million jobs in the UK renewables sector by 2020.
This is a cost you ignorant weasel felchers! Investing £100 billion in windmills means we don\’t have £100 billion to invest in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked or comforting the bereaved! Have none of you ever heard of opportunity costs? It\’s a concept discussed in the GCSE economics sylllabus just in case any of you might be interested in, you know, getting an education before you decide to spend our money.
Half a million people polishing solar panels means half a million people not wiping the bottoms of babies, changing the nappies on the senile or pipping organic apples. Jobs are a cost, not a benefit!
Christ Almighty, we expect such stupidity from the likes of Andrew Simms and Caroline Lucas but aren\’t we entitled to some basic knowledge of the real world from those who rule us?
Whoever wrote this foetid swamp of a report needs firing, fast, before they come up with any further ideas for driving us all into penury. Jeebus, and to think that we\’ve had to pay for these windowlickers to get it all so wrong.
And as for Ed Miliband, give him his brother\’s banana and get him up on the naughty step.
How could anyone with a reputation for intelligence release this pile of crap?