We are just weeks into winter and already an energy crisis is starting to burn in Britain. Part of this anguish is directed at climate policy, especially net zero.
The Brits are way ahead of the US when it comes to threatening people with direct hits, so this is no surprise. We have high natural gas prices, but they are being told they will have to pay huge sums to insulate and convert their gas heated homes to electric heat pumps. We have high gasoline prices while they are threatened with outlawing new fuel-fired cars. The stupidly green government has even suggested that personal car ownership might be ended. No wonder the Brits are running hot.
One aspect of this green shock is that supposedly conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson was elected largely because of his role in Brexit. That he was a roaring green was not part of his popularity. Under his leadership the UK has taken the global lead in climate madness. This includes floating various surprise radical proposals at COP 26, all of which mercifully sank. Thus he is the natural lightning rod to attract the energy anger.
What is especially interesting is that the mainstream press is on board with the people. Here are some nasty headlines from six different papers, from just a few days. Imagine months of this!
“Millions of British families may have to choose between eating and heating”
Metro, 4 January 2022
“Boris Johnson rejects energy bill VAT cuts to help struggling families”
The Daily Telegraph, 5 January 2022
“Tory MPs turn on Boris as PM rules out tax cut on soaring energy bills”
Daily Express, 5 January 2022
“Sir John Redwood MP implores Boris Johnson to scrap Net Zero policy”
Reading Chronicle, 3 January 2022
“Soaring energy bills put Britons off paying higher taxes to fund Net Zero”
The Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2022
“Boris Johnson is urged to treat soaring energy prices as an ’emergency’”
Daily Mail, 3 January 2022
“Elderly ‘could freeze to death as bills rocket’, warns Age UK”
Daily Express, 3 January 2022
“Revive fracking to tackle rising energy bills, net zero sceptic Tory MPs tell Boris Johnson”
The Yorkshire Post, 2 January 2022
“Boris Johnson faces loss of more than 100 seats as ‘Red Wall’ support plunges”
The Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2022
The rest of Europe is also firing up over energy. Kazakhstan has gone ballistic, kicking out the government and burning their buildings. Here is stuff on that:
“State of emergency in Kazakhstan, Govt sacked amid protests over soaring gas prices”
Euro News, 5 January 2022
“Kazakhstan declared emergency as protesters torch public buildings”
Reuters, 5 January 2022
I have the deepest sympathy for the millions of people suffering from this severe energy crisis. But it sounds like they will finally take seriously the warnings that my fellow skeptics and I have been repeating for years.
Mind you we still have a long way to go. Climate madness is deeply entrenched in the British political system, with all major parties supporting it. What form a skeptical revolution might take thus remains to be seen. It is virtually certain that something big is going to happen, but it might just be kicking Johnson out and replacing him with a slightly less aggressive green-head.
How all this will affect the US is also of great interest. High heating bills are just starting to appear, on top of high gas and diesel prices. A lot of people are going to get very angry and anger has a way of spreading globally thanks to the Internet.
Here’s hoping a wave of peaceful anti-alarmism sweeps the country, and the world. Stay tuned to CFACT for ongoing coverage.
January 7, 2022