Monday, Nov 3, 2008
Who says the Almighty has not got a sense of humour? Last Tuesday MPs spent yet another six hours discussing what is potentially the most expensive single piece of legislation ever put through Parliament.
The Climate Change Bill, which had its third reading, commits Britain (uniquely in the world) to an 80 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
As MPs droned on about the need to fight global warming, Peter Lilley drew the Speaker’s attention to the fact that, outside on the streets of Westminster, snow was falling. It was London’s first October snowfall for 70 years, and similarly unseasonal snow was carpeting a wide swathe of Britain.
In all that six hours of debate, only two MPs questioned the need for such a Bill, which had swept through its second reading with only five opposed.
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The sole MP who tried to raise the matter of the cost of the Bill – which could run to trillions of pounds if all its measures were implemented – was Mr Lilley. He was ruled out of order by the Speaker.
If the Bill’s intent is taken seriously, the cost of cutting our CO2 emissions by 80 per cent would cripple our economy, closing down much of what remains of our industry and rendering most motorised transport impossible.
But the cloud cuckoo land that our politicians have floated off into no longer touches scientific or practical reality at any point.
What they should have been discussing was the near-certainty that, within a few years, thanks to the imminent shutdown of 40 per cent of our electricity generating capacity, Britain’s lights will be going out.
This article was posted: Monday, November 3, 2008 at 5:15 am