Before we start, let me apologize for the weird formatting of this post, but embedding the House of Lords video has been a nightmare and has screwed up paragraphs, video placement and line-breaks.
These two videos are enlightening
The first video is blunt and to the point. Professor Dieter Helm’s appearance before the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on Tuesday was pretty special. From his opening remarks he lays it on the line with the committee, saying that it’s an amazing state of affairs that Britain is even discussing the possibility of power cuts, and that we are failing on each issue of security, price and decarbonisation.
It is deeply disturbing that as one of the top industrialised countries in the world we find ourselves in this appalling state of affairs. Professor Helm’s evidence to the committee starts at 11:39am, so slide the button along to that time.
The second video is an interview on Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics show this past weekend. His guest, Elizabeth Truss, was appointed Secretary of State of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on 15th July of this year. It is, frankly, quite terrifying that she has absolutely no grasp whatsoever on what the UK has signed up to – a legally binding agreement to cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% of our 1990 levels by 2050, and the massive associated ramifications. Andrew Neil, quite properly, shows no mercy.
It is scary to think that people like Elizabeth Truss have our collective future in their hands. It is even scarier to consider that a Prime Minister would want them in his cabinet.
Just to cheer you up, I’ll let you on your way with a cutting from today’s Press & Journal; More raptor deaths are caused by wind farms than from by shooting industry. Click on it to enlarge it slightly.