In what insane world is it a government’s job to make things worse and more expensive for its people?
Net Zero will ruin people’s lives. This is so clear that it must be a deliberate aim, at least for some of those pushing this absurd anti-human policy. For others it may just be acceptable collateral damage. Either way, centuries of increasing living standards in the West are being ended by dogmatic and ridiculous policies that whilst enriching minute parts of society, will enfeeble many more.
The whole idea of Net Zero for an individual country making any world-wide difference, particularly for a small country like Britain, is laughable. Even if you accept wholeheartedly the need to cut global emissions – and that is not the settled opinion that is claimed – the suggestion that by cutting emissions in our tiny area of Northern Europe we will somehow improve conditions globally is madness. Our emissions are circa 1% of those emitted around the globe. Even if we cut our emissions to nothing we would make no discernible difference.
‘We’re all in this together, every little counts’ activists say, but that argument is nonsense as we’re most definitely not all in this together. China and India are huge emitters and are taking no interest in cutting their emissions. Forcing Britons to lower their energy usage and stop travelling will make no noticeable difference, except for forcing many into fuel poverty and cold homes whilst stopping us travelling to visit friends and family because it is too expensive.
How can any of this be sensible?
Where Net Zero is coming from is also appalling to see. You might expect these sort of mad policies to emanate from a woke leftist party that loves to virtue signal, but it is the Tory party that is currently pushing these policies. Not to say that Labour won’t be just as keen when they get into power, but if we cannot rely on Conservatives to push back on obvious stupidity then there is a real problem in our democracy.
These policies were never voted for by the public. Yes they were hidden in the bowels of the last manifesto, but that was an election fought over Brexit. There was no expectation that the government would take some minor point from their manifesto and make it a main plank of their ongoing policies. Britain has one Green MP, so why is the Tory party implementing Green policies? We should not even be talking about any of these ultra-green policies until the electorate shows they want them by voting for rather more Green MPs.
Net Zero is going to push out cheap and reliable energy and modes of transport and replace them with less reliable, much more expensive versions. In what insane world is it a government’s job to make things worse and more expensive for its people? We left behind governing of the people for the elite when we took the world out of feudalism. The industrial revolution was a great thing that has lifted people out of poverty around the globe. Now we seem to be reneging on the governing of the people for the people that we have been practising and returning to an elite-knows-best system where those who benefit from these policies push them through to the detriment of everyone else.
For let’s not ignore the fact that these new policies will affect the rich very differently to the poor. MPs even get their second home heating bills paid on expenses whilst many people already struggling cannot heat their first and only property. Yet government policies are deliberately inflating prices.
With the refusal to make us energy secure and an over-reliance on renewables we are heading towards energy blackouts as happens in South Africa. Our governments have been so negligent that we will no longer be able to rely on flicking a switch and getting power, as has been the norm for decades. This should have been the ongoing norm had governments not been seduced into destroying normality for a gold star from their mates in the global elite.
Some politicians will know what is coming and regard it as an unfortunate side effect of the transition to their much touted greener world. But poverty should never be seen in this way. If their policies are causing poverty and hardship then they are the wrong policies.
But other politicians will know exactly what is coming. They will be cheering it on, knowing that this deliberately inflicted poverty will help bring about the huge changes that they want to see in the world.
For ultimately these green policies are not about greening the planet. How could they be when the UK’s contribution to emissions is so tiny? Behind the call for Net Zero lies a callous, anti-human power grab. These policies actively hurt people now whilst promising a chimerical success sometime in the future – a success that can’t be measured but will always cost more money and require more sacrifice.
The only thing these policies manage is to transfer power and freedom from individuals to the central decision makers. Other people will decide how far we can travel, how many flights we can take, how much we can heat our houses. It’s a society where individual freedom is replaced by diktats from above and people live within strict boundaries, punished if they try and deviate from the State’s decisions. It’s not the West that we developed and defended. Net Zero is a bizarre mix of elements some, like the social control it relies on, more reminiscent of communism than the free West. A technocratic elite that believes it knows best, and has access to the money to enrich themselves will tell us what to do, whilst not doing it themselves – witness the delegates giving Planes are Bad messages at climate conferences that they used planes to get to.
The big problem is that Net Zero makes perfect sense to those in power, as it consolidates their power and allows them to make huge transfers of public money to private companies. Few people leave politics poorer than they entered it. Even if they have impoverished their country in the process