The Futility of Net Zero

An open letter to UK politicians written by Douglas Brodie

Preface

This is an updated version of the email entitled “The futility of Net Zero” sent on 25/8/21 to the three below-listed leading proponents of Net Zero, copied to numerous other politicians including all members of the 1922 Committee. It has been updated to make its conclusions more explicit and emphatic, motivated by anger at the government’s obvious determination to force young children to take the experimental, provenly-dangerous, medically-unjustified Covid vaccine. This is clearly all for the sake of the authoritarian Davos/WEF/UN “Great Reset”, first proposed on the pretence of tackling climate change and now on the pretence of tackling Covid. The disenfranchised electorate has never consented to this draconian agenda.

All political recipients are strongly advised to read this updated version carefully and consider their positions on the life and death decisions they are taking, or ducking, on Covid and the clandestine Great Reset agenda. They should be aware that parliamentary privilege will not serve as a defence when the day of reckoning comes for what some potential litigants are calling “crimes against humanity”.

To: Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Mr Alok Sharma MP, President of COP26

Ms Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Scottish First Minister

Dear leading proponents of Net Zero,

The Futility of Net Zero, Ed. 2

I assume that you disagree with my assertion that our national Net Zero undertaking is futile so I respectfully request that you explain why you think my carefully researched contrarian conclusions laid out below are all wrong, if you can.

Just over a year ago I published two papers explaining the futility of the western establishment’s obsession with “climate change”. The first, UK temperature analysis from 1659 to 2019, uses public Met Office data to show that there is nothing in recent temperature trends to warrant panic measures over alleged man-made global warming. The provenly-untrue Covid propaganda put out by the establishment over the last 18 months (see below) warns that the apocalyptic climate change propaganda put out over many years by broadly the same set of people is not to be trusted.

The second paper, Fossil fuel dependency shows Net Zero is impossible, uses public statistics on UK and global energy trends to show that, whether or not climate alarmists are correct in their global warming scaremongering, getting to Net Zero by 2050 or by any time in the foreseeable future beyond that date is totally impossible on multiple grounds – technical, logistical, financial, diplomatic and democratic.

Both of these papers were ignored when they came out but they are still fully relevant, in fact even more so after the events of the last 18 months. They should be read in conjunction with this updating commentary.

Firstly, it is now more obvious than ever that the world’s developing countries, collectively by far the biggest global consumers of fossil fuels, have no intention of following suit on the west’s forlorn ambition to reach Net Zero. For example, while we in the UK are rashly shutting down the last of our coal-fired power stations without which we will struggle to keep the lights on during the next prolonged windless midwinter anticyclone, as in 2010-11, China is building hundreds of new ones at home and abroad which will still be running in sixty or more years from now.

The developing countries pay lip service to the west’s climate obsession. They play along to extract as much “reparation” from the self-harming west as possible, or simply to win economic ascendency. Attempting unilateral Net Zero is pointless given that the UK accounts for less than 1% of global CO2 emissions. Unfortunately, the more certain it becomes that the developing countries are not going to play ball, the more our climate cult politicians double-down on their pointless climate obsession.

As for global temperatures, whereas there may have been a slight cause for concern about global warming back in the long-ago 1990s, these concerns have been blown away by the benign trends of the last 20 or so years. Unfortunately, the establishment has been so fixated on the quasi-religious certainties of their “climate change” narrative based on obviously-flawed scaremongering climate computer models (strikingly analogous to the provenly-wrong Covid computer models of the (deliberately?) serially-wrong Professor Neil Ferguson), that it has failed to pay attention to inconvenient climate realities

Following the extended “pause from around the turn of the century to 2014, global temperatures have been on a cooling trend since the natural El Nino warming spike of 2016 and have recently been testing the lows of 20 years ago. UK temperatures stopped rising in 2006 and 2021 is heading to be one of the coolest UK years in decades. The 1980s and 90s have been the only two decades of steadily rising global temperatures in the last 70 years and that brief warming spell was almost certainly due to a series of natural El Ninos which had nothing to do with man-made CO2. Before that we had 30 years of global cooling from the 1950s to the 1970s despite steadily rising man-made CO2 emissions.

The global temperature trend of the past 20 or so years is looking increasingly like the waning warm phase of the never-mentioned Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation which, if it follows its regular pattern, will soon usher in a 30-year spell of global cooling like that experienced from the 1950s to the 1970s which led to alarm calls from climate scientists of a pending new Ice Age.

So much for the fantasy politician-declared “climate emergency”.

Next, the fantasy “solution” to the non-problem of alleged man-made global warming. My second paper explores how Net Zero is impossible because of the world’s near total dependency on fossil fuels (83% in 2020 along with 7% difficult-to-expand hydro, 6% renewables and 4% unloved nuclear) and the technical unsuitability of renewables like wind and solar power.

Establishment climate activists show themselves to be as inept as untutored school children when “designing” their supposedly emissions-free national energy infrastructures. They are foolishly ambivalent about emissions-free nuclear which is the best long-term energy option coupled with natural gas obtainable “free” by fracking rather than by relying on capricious Russia. Having already despoiled much of the country with heavily-subsidised, unclean, unsustainable wind farms and solar parks, they studiously ignore the laws of engineering which dictate that in practice wind and solar cannot be scaled up to the very high levels of electricity supply needed to power their wished-for green utopia. Many years ago they foolishly chose to ignore the expert advice given by their chief scientific advisor on the limitations of such technologies.

They now claim that grid-scale battery storage will rescue them from the separate problem of prolonged intermittency, e.g. negligible wind and sun for days or even weeks on end in cold midwinter, but a simple calculation shows that this is totally infeasible.

They also studiously ignore any calculations, such as this and this, which indicate that their flagship decarbonisation plans of electric cars for transport and heat pumps (or hydrogen) for home heating might in practice make no significant difference to system-wide lifecycle net CO2 emissions, and could even be counter-productive.

They claim that unproven at scale, bonkers” carbon capture and storage will abate the CO2 emissions from industrial processes like gas-fired power stations and the mooted production of “blue” hydrogen from natural gas for use in home boilers. This involves piping inefficiently and expensively captured CO2 across the country into deep underground reservoirs, supposedly leak-proof for posterity. They then ignore the hugely inflated end-product energy costs that would result from these processes. So-called “green” hydrogen is even more of an unviable white elephant.

They take the general public for fools by pretending that biomass is a “carbon-neutral” renewable when it adds to air pollution and increases CO2 emissions in the short term and possibly for centuries. The whole sorry process involves cutting down forests in North America to be transported across the Atlantic in diesel powered ships to burn inefficiently as wood pellets in expensively-converted power stations at huge public subsidy to create higher CO2 emissions than the coal they replace.

The eye-wateringly expensive lunacy of proposed EU “green steel” production is exposed here.

So much for the climate establishment’s engineering competency, common sense and honesty.

Since March 2020 we have all suffered draconian Covid lockdowns of the global economy. Some politicians seem to think that the Covid experience provides some sort of template for trying to achieve Net Zero but they are deluded. Global CO2 emissions fell by an exceptional 6.3% in 2020 but this had no discernible impact on the atmospheric CO2 levels measured at Loa Mauna.

During the first lockdown the Met Office asserted that “To halt the CO2 rise and prevent further global warming, global CO2 emissions would initially need to halve, and reduce by even more in the long term”. If the alarmists’ unproven academic theory of dangerous but still indiscernible man-made CO2 global warming were actually correct, it would mean that reaching Net Zero would require the equivalent (and much worse) of a never-ending lockdown of the entire world economy.

The 2020 Covid lockdowns actually made very little difference to the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. The BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2021 shows that in 2020, global fossil fuel dependency fell just 1% to 83% while the global supply of flagship renewables wind and solar power rose to a paltry 1.6%, boosted by the exceptional 5% drop in mostly fossil fuel global energy consumption. In the UK, fossil fuel dependency fell from 79% to 75% thanks to a 10% fall in GDP (closely matching the 11% fall in energy consumption), the biggest drop in 300 years. UK wind and solar supplied just 4.6% of 2020 domestic energy consumption.

The UK is more dependent on imports than most other countries after having sacrificed so many businesses on the altar of climate change policy in recent years. The 2020 75% fossil fuel dependency figure does not include the foreign fossil fuel consumption used to produce and deliver these imports, which include dangerously-insecure interconnector-supplied electricity. This means that in reality the UK is still as dependent on fossil fuels as the rest of the world despite 12 years of Climate Change Act striving.

These simple numbers show that the world as a whole and the UK in its own are technically a million miles away from “Net Zero”.

Finally, the true costs of fantasy Net Zero are starting to percolate out beyond the fantasy “easily affordable” costings of the climate establishment, e.g. here and here. The GWPF thinktank puts the cost at “£3 trillion and counting”. It is obvious that the UK Committee for Climate Change fudged the issue by simply guessing it would cost “about £50 billion a year in 2050”. Nothing that these dangerous ideologues have to say can be trusted. Thankfully, they have been on the spot by the Information Tribunal to provide detailed costings by mid-September. They have already admitted that only authoritarian rule can deliver Net Zero.

Why on earth is this pointless, eye-wateringly expensive, austerity-on-stilts, anti-human Net Zero agenda being pushed so hard for COP26 by Boris Johnson and the entire political class, shamefully disenfranchising the unconsulted UK electorate? The people pushing this agenda are either “ill-informed or stupid or malignant or all three”.

It is obvious that the same technocratic establishment authoritarianism which has dominated the Covid agenda is also driving the Net Zero agenda. I observed in this ThinkScotland paper in April 2021 that our politicians have been less concerned with the wellbeing of the general public than with deliberately delaying the return to normality to give time for the entire population to be vaccinated. I warned that the resulting vaccine passports would morph into social credit digital identity passes like those used in communist China to deny everyday rights such as travel to millions of people. I surmised that they were pursuing this hidden agenda coercion system because they see the personal identity pass as an essential prerequisite to the undemocratic Davos/WEF/UN “Great Reset”, aka Agenda 21, lampooned here.

So it is proving, despite the UK Coronavirus epidemic having been effectively over since June 2020 (audio only, original video censored by establishment-toady YouTube), with endless fearmongering and pointless lockdowns (cf. minimal lockdown Sweden), shifting of goalposts and the obscene coercion to get everyone, including helpless young people at negligible risk from the virus, to take the experimental, provenly-dangerous vaccine. Their recent desperate push for medically-unnecessary child vaccinations proves this interpretation beyond reasonable doubt – “this is cold-blooded, inhuman child abuse, impure and simple. It’s as bad as anything done at Dachau and Auschwitz”.

Many independent doctors say that the vaccines are far too dangerous and should be withdrawn, e.g. here, here and here. The establishment-suppressed truth about the vaccines is that they have directly caused, and will continue to cause, illness and death among large numbers of people. The most dramatic manifestation was during the January-February 2021 UK “second wave” triggered by the start of vaccine rollout, a phenomenon which was soon replicated across the world. The current level of UK Covid deaths (scroll down to Daily Deaths) is much higher than a year ago when there were no vaccines and is almost certainly being caused mainly by the seemingly worse than useless Covid vaccines. It is scandalous that the MSN fails to investigate this obvious reality, or rather that the government (Ofcom) prohibits them from doing so.

To date there have been 1,600 suspected UK vaccine-induced deaths and over a million non-fatal vaccine adverse reactions (both numbers undoubtedly hugely under-reported), never mind the unknown longer-term adverse side-effects. In shaming contrast, the 2009 swine flu vaccine was withdrawn after fewer than 50 reported vaccine-induced deaths. With due deference to all who have been afflicted by the Covid vaccines, hopefully these facts will soon become widespread public knowledge to help scupper the establishment’s despicable plans of continuing coercion.

Just as the Covid agenda has been primarily about dictatorial coercion rather than public health and wellbeing, the only rational explanation for the madness of Net Zero is that it is primarily about authoritarian world governance rather than climate change. I postulated this in an email sent to various politicians in July 2021, posted online by PSI but got no response.

We seem to be sinking rapidly into a post-truth Orwellian dystopia of unaccountable technocratic oppression, coercion, censorship and deceit. How long will it be before we are told to believe that two plus two makes five?

Thankfully the establishment’s evil Covid machinations are faltering (a short video by retired Pfizer head scientist Dr Mike Yeadon), France is revolting, Denmark has broken ranks (like Florida) and evidence is mounting on Covid malfeasance and the shocking failings of the vaccines, e.g. here, here, here, here and here. The despotic establishment will hopefully soon face a day of reckoning via class action legal process for the terrible, unjustified abuse they have inflicted on the people over the last 18 months, described by the putative litigants as “crimes against humanity”.

Hopefully this will also put paid to their climate change machinations.

Just as establishment plans for “tackling climate change” are doomed to ignominious failure for the simple reasons given above, also doomed to failure are their long-established covert plans for police state vaccine passports/smartphone personal identity cards, contrary to the hollow protestations that these were never planned, simply because their Covid vaccines have turned out to be so damaging and ineffectual. Never mind that even the politicians have admitted that for most people Covid is only a “mild to moderate illness”. Look at the disaster unfolding in highly-vaccinated Israel, yet nobody in authority can bring themselves to join the dots. Check the Twitter hashtag #CanYouSeeItYet initiated by HART Group statistician Joel Smalley. Thankfully for the wellbeing of the general public, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men [and politicians] gang aft agley” (Robert Burns).

Yours faithfully,

Douglas Brodie, Nairn

 


 

 

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.

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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.

Yours sincerely

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.