By Paul Homewood
h/t Robin Guenier
New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
But some hybrids would still be allowed, he confirmed.
It is part of what Mr Johnson calls a “green industrial revolution” to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear energy.
Critics of the plan say the £4bn allocated is far too small for the scale of the challenge.
- Offshore wind: Produce enough offshore wind to power every home in the UK, quadrupling how much it produces to 40 gigawatts by 2030, and supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- Hydrogen: Have five gigawatts of “low carbon” hydrogen production capacity by 2030 – for industry, transport, power and homes – and develop the first town heated by the gas by the end of the decade.
- Nuclear: Pushing nuclear power as a clean energy source and including provision for a large nuclear plant, as well as for advanced small nuclear reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.
- Electric vehicles: Phasing out sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles and investing in grants to help buy cars and charge point infrastructure.
- Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport for the future.
- Jet zero and greener maritime: Supporting research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
- Homes and public buildings: Making homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, including a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
- Carbon capture: Developing world-leading technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030 – equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber.
- Nature: Protecting and restoring the natural environment, with plans to include planting 30,000 hectares of trees a year.
- Innovation and finance: Developing cutting-edge technologies and making the City of London the global centre of green finance.
There is actually nothing particularly new in any of this, other than filling in a bit of detail. We really need to await the forthcoming Energy White Paper, which will hopefully include some proper detailed costings.
The buffoon Ed Miliband naturally complains that the government (ie taxpayers) should be spending much more:
Shadow business secretary Ed Miliband criticised the plan, saying that the funding “in this long-awaited” announcement does not “remotely meet the scale of what is needed” to tackle unemployment and the climate emergency.
“Only a fraction of the funding announced today is new.”
Mr Miliband, who served as energy and climate change secretary from 2008-10, said Labour wanted the government to bring forward £30bn of capital investment over the next 18 months and invest it in low-carbon sectors to support 400,000 additional jobs.
But in reality, the £4bn quoted by the BBC is only a tiny part of the overall cost. For instance, installing 600,000 heat pumps annually would cost in the region of £6bn a year alone.
Recently there seems to be widespread, incredulous astonishment in the media about the government’s climate policies. I fail to see why, because they were all published in the party’s manifesto a year ago!
Labour’s manifesto, of course, went even further, promising by 2030:
While the Lib Dems policies were just as potty:
As for the ban on petrol and diesel cars, the Environmental Select Committee was calling for this to be brought forward to 2032 two years ago.
And all of this has been inevitable since the Climate Change Act was passed in 2008.
Where has the media been the last few years?
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November 18, 2020 at 07:54AM