Postscript 1: The response of the Scottish Government
The shockingly irresponsible, intelligence-insulting Scottish Government response to my above main article The Futility of Net Zero is reproduced below (with corrected faulty link address) with my added commentary for history to judge who is right.
As is typical for such a “fobbing-off”, it makes no attempt to address the points raised in the main article. Instead it resorts to appealing to the dubious authority of the UN IPCC and the UK Committee on Climate Change, both provenly untrustworthy.
For many years the charlatans who speak for these organisations have dishonestly asserted that, as far as climate change research is concerned, “the science is settled”, in itself an unscientific assertion which any questioning member of the public can easily see is blatantly untrue. This is because the UN IPCC is only mandated to cover alleged “human-induced climate change“, not climate change in the round, betrayed by the contrived attribution chart from their AR5 report but never admitted to the general public.
In other words, the UN IPCC simply ignores the natural climate variability which caused spikes of far higher temperatures than now prior to any man-made CO2 from fossil fuels, making a mockery of the claims that we are in a “climate emergency”. As there has been hardly any net change in global temperatures over the past 20 years and there can be no climate change without temperature change, their fearmongering is feebly dependent on the provenly-exaggerated computer climate modelling of the alleged effect of demonised CO2, strikingly analogous to the exaggerated Covid computer modelling based on provenly-wrong assumptions.
As further evidence of skulduggery, the recent success of a fiercely-resisted GWPF Freedom of Information campaign proves that the Committee on Climate Change “grossly misled Parliament” two years ago over the true cost of Net Zero. Heads need to roll.
The Scottish Government compounds their unreasonably pessimistic climate assumptions with their seeming inability (or is it simply head-in-the-sand reluctance to face up to reality?) to undertake the logical reasoning and simple arithmetic calculations – as given in the main article – which show that their climate change decarbonisation plans are totally infeasible and pointless.
This farrago of fictions has led the Scottish Government to plan a manic, impossible Net Zero schedule which is doomed to humiliating failure for the obvious reasons given in the main article, unfortunately probably not before they have done grievous harm to the Scottish people, economy and national energy infrastructure.
Are these politicians really as thick as two short planks that they can’t understand this? Or might there be some ulterior motive to their climate machinations? We may soon find out (see below), but who can fathom the blinkered thinking of zealous climate ideologues who resolutely refuse to debate the issues, as done yet again in this dogma-driven Scottish Government response?
It is an affront to democracy that all of the establishment political parties have for years connived together to impose this sleepwalking roadmap to disaster on the disenfranchised general public, coupled with their relentless climate change brainwashing of the electorate with false propaganda, e.g. Boris Johnson’s absurd rhetoric to the UN about “a world on fire“.
The following are some choice extracts from the Scottish Government’s 240+ page Net Zero plan, some as direct quotes, my annotations in square brackets. It is inconceivable that the Scottish people will willingly cooperate with this self-harming and pointless endeavour when its ruinous, hitherto hidden implications become obvious for all to see.
“The Scottish Government remains absolutely committed to ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change by 2045”. Note the show-boating (in reality hair-shirted) date of 2045 rather than UN-adopted 2050 and the wording which implies that they intend to press ahead unilaterally regardless of whether or not the rest of the world follows suit, which it undoubtedly will not, rendering the SNP’s self-flagellating, preeningly self-righteous Net Zero endeavour totally pointless before it even starts.
It is deeply ironic that this plan comes at a time when the green chickens are coming home to roost on our many years of madcap climate change energy policies, with energy bills skyrocketing, more industries being damaged and fuel poverty in chilly Scotland reported to be a shocking 27%, a figure which will only get much worse as the demented Net Zero strivings intensify.
“As Scotland emerges from COVID-19 we have a chance to rebuild our economy in a way that delivers a greener, fairer and more equal society”. This reflects the weird political convergence between Covid and climate change, with the totally implausible claim that these very different issues can both be “tackled” by the same revolutionary political “solution”, namely the conspiracy in plain view Davos/WEF/UN “Build Back Better” agenda, aka “The Great Reset”.
The long-planned Great Reset involves the undemocratic imposition of a global technocratic dystopia of police state digital IDs (introduced via the Trojan horse of vaccine passports, which explains the obscene coercion of young people to take the provenly-dangerous, medically-unjustified vaccine which does not substantially hinder infection or transmission of the disease), a strait-jacketing digital currency, nanny-state Universal Basic Income, controls such as personal carbon allowances and an authoritarian world governance. Will they try to spring this on us as a “last-minute breakthrough” at COP26 ending 12th November?
That would be adding insult to injury as the economy only needs to be rebuilt because our puppet politicians tried their best to deliberately wrecked it through their complicit, globally-coordinated approach to supposedly “tackle Covid”, all done to give the Davos establishment a pretext to come sweeping in to “save the day” with their supposedly marvelous Great Reset.
As to the details of the plan on electricity, the Scottish Government foolishly think they can do without dispatchable gas-fired (or even “cheating” biomass-fired) power stations for grid balancing and baseload supply. Needless to say emissions-free nuclear power is absolutely taboo, only mentioned once in the context of replacing existing plant with [less reliable] emissions-free alternatives.
They do not acknowledge their current reliance on insecure imported electricity to perform these essential grid functions when the wind isn’t blowing, nor of the UK payment of subsidies on Scotland-located renewables and interconnectors.
Unbelievably, they plan to rely on unreliable wind power to perform a boot-strapping “black start” after a collapse of the national grid, doubly misguided given that fickle wind power is most liable to cause such a collapse in the first place.
“The Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project … forecast that as much as 70 GW of [hugely expensive] floating wind could be installed by 2040”. Back in the real world, Britain is turning into the Venezuela of wind as green jobs are exported to Asia.
On buildings [according to Google there are around 2.6 million houses in Scotland], “Our interim statutory target of a 75% emissions reduction by 2030 [compared with 1990, excluding the rising emissions from imports] means we must rapidly accelerate heating system conversions during this decade [overwhelmingly from user-friendly natural gas which for many years past has been about five times cheaper than electricity per unit of energy, converting towards expensive, electricity-hungry, inefficient, noisy, bulky heat pumps which work best with underfloor ducting, otherwise requiring enormous radiators, costly pipework upgrading and costly building insulation, or hydrogen or heat networks], from the current rate of around 0.1% of homes [~2,600] converting per year to a rate in the region of 5-10% (over a hundred thousand) homes per year”. [Pure pie in the sky!]
On transport, “By 2032 our roads will contain no new petrol and diesel cars and vans [only expensive, user-unfriendly BEVs which need to be driven for at least 50,000 miles to offset their excess system-wide manufacturing emissions before they are greener than petrol vehicles, also disregarding the probably insurmountable problem of sourcing sufficient raw materials]; we will have almost completely decarbonised our passenger railways; and we will have begun to work to decarbonise challenging transport modes, such as HGVs, ferries and aviation”.
“Our strategy … will be built around our support for a flexible and adaptable [hugely expensive] Carbon Capture and Storage system in Scotland, capable of transporting carbon [dioxide] from industrial or electricity generation sites in Scotland to storage in the North Sea”.
“Another significant opportunity is the use of [hugely expensive] hydrogen to displace fossil fuels in industry, requiring development of regional hydrogen production facilities, and also servicing hydrogen demand for other sectors such as heat, transport and electricity. … The Acorn Hydrogen project, developing in parallel to Acorn CCS, will reform North Sea natural gas [so not planning to forego this supply] into clean-burning [so-called blue] hydrogen. It is expected to be operational in 2025.”
Finally, a topic which predictably is not mentioned in the Scottish Government’s Net Zero plan is fracking, a potential bonanza of “free” natural gas which could have saved us from today’s energy crisis. Fracking was enthusiastically supported by Boris Johnson in 2012 but for some muddle-headed reason he now prefers to put himself at the mercy of potential foreign enemies for our supply of essential natural gas, like the Scottish Government. There is also no mention of the huge Cambo oil field off the Shetlands which climate cult zealot Nicola Sturgeon now wants to forego.
Here is my colleague’s take on misguided Green Thinking. His bottom-line climate change suggestion to politicians: “rescind all Green oriented policies and do nothing”.
My own message is that we need to push back against the approaching tyranny before it is too late. See the unreported London demonstrations. Think George Orwell’s 1984. Think post-truth. Think fascist Australia today.
To: Mr Douglas Brodie
Our Reference: 202100233527
Your Reference: The Futility of Net Zero
22 September 2021
Dear Mr Brodie,
Thank you for your correspondence of 24 August to Scottish Ministers expressing doubts regarding the scientific basis for our current emission reduction targets. I have been asked to reply.
The Scottish Government’s response to climate change is informed by the best available evidence. This includes the consensus view of the expert international science community as synthesised in reports by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the independent expert advice of the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), which in turn draws from the global evidence provided by the IPCC.
The latest report from the IPCC shows the very real threat and heightened risk the climate emergency poses to the planet. It also makes clear that with immediate, concerted international action to reduce emissions, global temperature rise can still be limited in line with the global temperature goals set out in the 2015 UN Paris Agreement. In direct response to the Paris Agreement, our landmark Climate Change Act is the toughest, most ambitious legislative framework in the world. This legislation requires that the level of Scotland’s statutory emissions targets are kept under regular review, in light of CCC advice on a range of factors – including any developments in scientific knowledge.
Our evidence-based approach is reflected in the recent update to our Climate Change Plan, available at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/securing-green-recovery-path-net-zero-update-climate-change-plan-20182032/. The policy package outlined in the updated Plan provides a clear and credible pathway to meeting targets out to 2032, with over 200 policies to accelerate emissions reductions and create good, green jobs as part of a green recovery from COVID-19.
I hope this information is useful, and helps to clarify the Scottish Government’s evidence-based approach to responding to the global climate emergency.
Gxxxxx Axxx [redacted]
DCCD: Transition Policy Unit
Postscript 2: the response of UK government
No response has been forthcoming from the UK government to my above article The Futility of Net Zero despite auto acknowledgements from the Cabinet Office on behalf of Boris Johnson and Alok Sharma and from Mr Sharma personally.
With no official response to critique, I will instead give a brief commentary on Boris Johnson’s recent Net Zero speech to the UN General Assembly, the full text of which is given here.
It is appropriate to start with his closing words referring to our planet being “a world on fire”. Such puerile wittering is a disgrace at a time when the country is falling apart under his watch, with skyrocketing energy bills and the energy price cap killing off many small energy suppliers, looming winter power cuts with only a few days worth of national gas storage capacity, a fuel supply crisis, threatened food shortages, tax increases, surging inflation, stratospheric national debt, horrendous NHS backlog waiting times, environmentalist nutters blocking main roads with impunity, illegal immigration out of control and the population confused, demoralised and divided after being subjected to 18 months of sadistic psy-ops, with tens of thousands demonstrating every weekend against the ruthless imposition of pointless vaccine passports which the muzzled mainstream media disgracefully doesn’t report. A more appropriate fire metaphor would be “fiddling while Rome burns”.
Referring to climate change, he says “It is time for us to listen to the warnings of the scientists”, shamelessly claiming they were right about Covid. The reality is that, just as with climate change, Johnson’s tame establishment scientists were wrong about Covid, a disease with an IFR comparable to flu and an average Covid mortality age of 82 deliberately exaggerated out of all proportion for political not medical reasons.
He says “And that means we need to pledge collectively to achieve carbon neutrality – net zero – by the middle of the century”. Anyone who believes that this is remotely possible is either very ill-informed or gullibly stupid.
He trots out the old canard: “And you can make these cuts in pollution while driving jobs and growth: we have cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 44% in the last 30 years while expanding our GDP by 78%”. The Conservatives have been using this spin for years. What they never admit is that most of the fall in indigenous UK emissions has come from the one-off replacement of coal for gas power stations (the “dash for gas”) and the off-shoring of so much of our industry, with the result that our “hidden import emissions” have grown from 14% of overall carbon footprint in 1990 to 46% cent in 2019, in reality very little net gain.
His talk of alleged climate crisis conditions is pure piffle with no scientific or statistical backing. Likewise, what he says about renewables like wind power is just plain stupid. There is really no point in analysing has delusional speech any further. It is so technically incoherent and wrongheaded that there must be an ulterior motive behind it.