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Labour’s plan for a net zero grid by 2030 is unrealistic and will require a “huge sacrifice” by the country, a leading power station builder has warned.

It’s gonna make us a lot, lot, poorer.

Another one of these fucking idiots

In the battle for Downing Street, only the most eyecatching political policies are given a chance to shine, and insulating Britain’s draughty homes seldom makes the grade.

It would be a challenge for any policy commentator to find a ­subject with less political star power than the polystyrene, wood fibre and foam that makes up the home insulation so desperately needed across the UK.

But a growing number of experts have warned that it is no exaggeration to say that Britain faces an insulation crisis that requires the next government to prioritise the problem as a national infrastructure emergency.

The UK’s housing stock is some of the least efficient in Europe and means that millions of families are living in fuel poverty – unable to pay their energy bills and piling pressure on health services as their mental and physical wellbeing succumbs to the cold and damp.

Those houses that can be insulated largely are. Those that can’t be can’t be.

Sure, there’s some tidying up at the margins that can be done, there always is. But without entirely rebuilding the whole housing stock – and it would be rebuild, knock down and start again rebuild – we’ve pretty much done what can be done.

Tosser.

This does sound a bit silly

Sir Keir Starmer is standing by a pledge to ban new drilling in the North Sea, despite New Zealand abandoning a similar policy amid blackout fears.

Labour’s manifesto, due out on Thursday, will feature a pledge to block all new licensing for oil and gas as one of its key energy policies.

We’re not going to stop using gas and oil, not in this immediate future. Maybe in 30 to 50 years, but not right now whatever Greenpeace says.

Such warnings are echoed by energy experts in the UK, where over 75pc of total energy consumed still comes from oil and gas.

Half comes from UK waters – but it too will drop off a cliff if Labour implements a ban on new drilling, warns the industry.

Stopping drilling in UK waters isn;t going to build the renewables or whatever that’s supposed to replace it. It’ll just mean imports. Which means lower tax revenues – no tax on the drillers, they pay up to 75% – and a fall in recorded GDP, imports are a substraction in that calculation.

Can’t see it’s worth it, whatever the value in elite virtue signalling.

Someone woke up, eh?

New Zealand was on Saturday night expected to revoke a ban on drilling for oil and gas amid fears of blackouts, as Labour plans to impose a similar crackdown on the North Sea.

The country’s coalition government is preparing to invite energy companies to resume exploration in the three major offshore fields that supply most of its gas.

It comes after National Grid operator Transpower was last month forced to warn families to limit their electricity usage to avoid a shutdown during a cold snap.

The decision to reverse the ban, made by resources minister Shane Jones, will be a setback for green activists and likely to be regarded as a blow for Labour after Ed Miliband has repeatedly pledged to halt new drilling for oil and gas in UK waters.

Perversity

Those major climate benefits can obscure the air quality benefits renewable power yielded, wrote the authors, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the renewable consulting firm Clean Kilowatts. To illuminate those co-benefits, the researchers quantified how much the use of wind and solar reduced toxic air emissions, focusing specifically on sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen dioxides (NOx), which are both produced during fossil fuel combustion.

They found emissions of SO2 and NOx – both linked to increased asthma risk and a variety of other health issues – decreased by a total of 1m metric tons over that three-year period.

Well, yes, but less SO2 increases climate change. World’s a complicated place……

Man’s spouting bollocks

On our current path, civilisation as we know it will disappear. If we meet current commitments only – net zero by 2050 – perhaps some form of humanity will survive, managing the challenges of continued extreme weather events, ice loss, and sea-level and temperature rises.

Sigh.

One of those EV problems

Somewhere between 30pc to 40pc of households do not have off-street parking, rising to 60pc in London, according to analysis of charging locations by installer Andersen.

This is, of course, why you allow markets to deal with such things. Where it’s easy to do it then it will be done – where it’s difficult it won’t be. Which is what we want anyway, that low hanging fruit plucked.

As I keep saying

The cost of a return trip to New York is on track to rise by £40 as a result of incoming net zero regulations, according to figures from Virgin Atlantic.

The extra burden on travellers is expected if the cost of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is passed on directly. Calculations by Virgin Atlantic, a pioneer in using the greener jet fuel, show that ticket prices would have to rise 6pc.

For a return flight to New York that would amount to a £40 increase at current prices, based on two one-way fares costing about £350 each.

SAF is a refined blend of waste oils, animal fats and ethanol from corn. The fuel is viewed as the most practical route towards reducing aviation’s net CO2 emission before completely new technologies, such as hydrogen propulsion, become available next decade or beyond.

It’s not going to be hydrogen, it’ll be manufactured fuels from hydrogen.

But that thing I’ve kept saying all these years. It’s amazin’ how cheap dealing with all of this actually is. Certainly that’s much cheaper than the Air Passenger Duty currently imposed upon such flights.

The more socialist and misanthorpic end of the green movement is going to end up mightily pissed off in fact – markets are sufficiently adaptable that we’re simply not all going to end up easting insect added turnip flour in our 15 minute pods. Sure, their pissing about is going to make the transition much more expensive than it need be but the end game is going to be a world that looks much like our own just even richer. Not their planned regression to the Middle Ages.

The Peeps are chosing differently from what the rulers of the Peeps desire

Electric car demand has slowed sharply in a sign that drivers are turning back to petrol.

The market share of battery electric vehicles (EVs) declined last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

EV registrations rose only 3.8pc from a year earlier, compared with a 10pc advance in the overall car market. Hybrid and petrol-powered cars showed the strongest growth.

Petrol-engine sales rose 9.2pc and accounted for more than half of the total, while plug-in hybrids saw a 37pc increase.

Clearly, the choice will have to be banned.

Oh, they’ve already done that, right? By 2035 or whatever it is?

Cute, but doesn’t actually work

Travelling by train on Britain’s busiest business routes generates less than half the carbon emissions of a battery electric car, according to detailed analysis from the rail industry.

Certain journeys on the greenest, fullest electric trains produce as little as one-fifteenth of the CO2 per person compared with the footprint of a sole occupancy petrol or diesel car, the data shows.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) claimed the data is the industry’s most accurate and granular yet, incorporating train types and occupancy, and said it hopes it will allow businesses to make the greenest travel choices.

The train system is an integrated whole. Emissions have to be counted over the whole. After all, sure, we can say that the full train going into Liverpool St at 8 am hsa low per passenger emissions. But that last train out at 11 pm is also necessary to reposition the carriages to come back in the next morning.

This is really fairly stupid

Ministers have been urged by Citizens Advice to protect consumers from a hike in household energy bills to pay for the proposed Sizewell C power station, amid international tensions over the rising costs of nuclear projects.

The UK’s largest independent advice provider has raised concerns that the project in Suffolk may offer “poor value for money” and called for greater clarity on its funding, in a letter to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

Whether Sizeell is a good idea or not isn’t the point here. Rather, who other than consumers is there?

That before we get to the manner in wich all the costs of renewables are dumped upon consumers so why not nuclear?

We really do need to tell these people to bugger off

When Amazon announced it was buying up half the output from one of Britain’s newest and biggest wind farms last week, it appeared like good news for Britain’s net zero ambitions.

The US giant committed to buying energy from Scotland’s Moray West wind farm before it was even built, bolstering its bid to power all operations with 100pc renewable energy by 2025.

However, amid the positivity, some industry sources claim Amazon and other global firms are embarking on an energy “power grab” that draws resources away from decarbonising Britain’s homes and businesses.

No, really, we do.

Steve Rastall, chief executive of IG CloudOps, which helps firms using cloud computing services such as those offered by Amazon, says the company’s business model is designed to maximise usage rather than to seek efficiencies.

“The more time customers spend using servers then the more income it generates for Amazon,” he says. “But that also means a lot more power is consumed and so generates more emissions.

“The biggest cost they face is from power consumption so the way to get around both these problems is by buying up the output from wind farms. It means they get a secure power supply at a guaranteed price.

“The problem is that the output from wind farms and other renewables is fuelling the growth of Amazon and its data centres rather than decarbonising UK homes and businesses.”

Therefore, bugger off.

The climate counsellor

“It sucks… and it’s only going to get worse,” my client says, disbelief colouring their facial expression.

I’m inclined to agree, it does suck.

I can feel my hands starting to get clammy as my memory flashes back to the catastrophic climate events I’ve watched unfold recently.

Bearing witness to the climate crisis can feel surreal at times, yet I do not mention this to my client. I have a job to do, and it is not to escalate their rational anxieties and fears, it is to manage what is manageable; to teach coping strategies, to encourage connection to nature and social relationships, to channel their grief into sustainable action that feels meaningful.

Presumably this is where the Extinction Rebellion protestors come from…..

How the story changes

Chances of white Christmas in UK grow smaller as climate crisis takes toll
Parts of UK have more recently gone decades without Christmas snow, and in the past it was more hardship than dream

Twenty years ago it was no snow at Christmas ever again. Now it’s odds have gone down. Presumably because now we can just look out the window and check.

Repeal the Climate Change Act

Chris Packham files legal challenge against Rishi Sunak’s ‘reckless’ net zero policies
Environmental campaigner argues PM does not have the right to change the timeline of carbon budget pledges at will

It’s those basic laws themselves which give every whinger with a grievance the ability to sue. Therefore repeal the laws which give them the chance. The entire point of them has been to try to bind future Parliaments. So, let’s not do that.

But net zero’s so cheap, save us all fortunes

Hundreds of thousands of homes across Britain will be in view of electricity pylons under a massive net zero expansion of the energy grid.

Three hundred towns and villages across rural England and Wales could be impacted by the thousands of electricity pylons needed to expand the National Grid to meet net zero targets, a government report has warned.

Oh Aye?

Umm

Weather warnings are in place across the UK as temperatures plunged below freezing overnight.

Snow hit parts of London on Friday and the icy conditions are forecast to continue throughout the weekend. It comes after temperatures plunged to their lowest since March.

Aren’t we now three or four years past the no snow ever again event?