By Paul Homewood

h/t Jonathan Scott

Harrabin’s persistent and blatant, one sided propaganda is becoming a scandal:

The world’s wealthy must radically change their lifestyles to tackle climate change, a report says.

It says the world’s wealthiest 1% produce double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%, according to the UN.

The wealthiest 5% alone – the so-called “polluter elite” – contributed 37% of emissions growth between 1990 and 2015.

The authors want to deter SUV drivers and frequent fliers – and persuade the wealthy to insulate their homes well.

The report urges the UK government to reverse its decision to scrap air passenger duty on UK return flights.

And it wants ministers to re-instate the Green Homes Grant scheme they also scrapped recently.

The document has come from the UK-based Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change.

It’s a panel of 31 individuals who study people’s behaviour relating to the environment. They were tasked to find the most effective way of scaling up action to tackle carbon emissions.

Their critics say the best way to cut emissions faster is through technological improvements – not through measures that would prove unpopular.

But the lead author of the report, Prof Peter Newell, from Sussex University, told BBC News: “We are totally in favour of technology improvements and more efficient products – but it’s clear that more drastic action is needed because emissions keep going up.

“We have got to cut over-consumption and the best place to start is over-consumption among the polluting elites who contribute by far more than their share of carbon emissions.

“These are people who fly most, drive the biggest cars most and live in the biggest homes which they can easily afford to heat, so they tend not to worry if they’re well insulated or not.

“They’re also the sort of people who could really afford good insulation and solar panels if they wanted to.”

Harrabin would like you to think the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change is an official body. It is not. It is run by a self appointed clown called Peter Newell, whose only qualification is a Phd in Philosophy.

And the clown cannot even get his facts right. He states:

The wealthiest 5% alone – the so-called “polluter elite” – contributed 37% of emissions growth between 1990 and 2015.

Between 1990 and 2015, emissions rose by 11451 Mt CO2. Asia, Africa and Latin America accounted for all of this, increasing by 11757 Mt. Emissions fell by 1072 Mt in the US and Europe:

BP Energy Review 2020

He talks about the wealthiest 5%, as if they are all billionaires. In fact, it equates to about 395 million people, the equivalent of nearly half the population of the US and Europe. In other words it is not Bill Gates he is talking of, but you and me.

He also rants about the 1%, but their emissions are tiny in relation to the West as a whole. It is simply rabid left wing politicking. You might just as well say that Europe produces three times the emissions of Africa. To put this claim into context, UK emissions are dominated by power, residential, industry and transport. Does Mr Newell seriously expect us to believe that Britain’s 1% are responsible for the bulk of transport emissions? Or residential heating? Or do they use most of the electricity generated? Or buy most industrial produce?

No doubt his panel of 31 cronies is just as left wing as he is.

So why does Harrabin think this has the slightest relevance?


April 13, 2021 at 12:57PM