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Britain’s “Net-Zero” Climate Agenda a Net Loser for British People

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Shirley

Climate Change protesters holding protest banners with Westminster Abbey
Climate Change protesters holding protest banners with Westminster Abbey.

Democrats have for years chastised the American people for supposedly failing to do as much as their European counterparts to “combat climate change.” But developments in Britain suggest that these grand “green” ambitions have hit some major roadblocks across the pond and are proving disastrous for everyday Brits.

Back in 2019, the British government passed legislation requiring a 100 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across the board by 2050 – what the left refers to as going “net zero.” Parliament followed up that bill with a series of aggressive policies gutting the country’s fossil fuels industry and investing heavily in subsidies for wind and solar. All domestic oil and gas production on the island nation is theoretically being phased out.

But according to a new report from RealClear Foundation Senior Fellow Rupert Darwall, Britain’s ambitious goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions has not only fallen largely flat, but has led to significantly higher energy costs for British families.

“The case for net zero rests on two falsehoods: the low and falling costs of renewable energy and that net zero is good for economic growth,” Darwall writes. “It will take time for these to be exposed for what they are and for net zero to be recognized as the greatest error of our age.”

As Darwall explains, despite the British government investing billions in renewable energy, “Whereas British residential electricity rates rose by 67.3 percent between 2009 and 2020, average U.S. residential rates rose 14.3 percent, from 11.51¢ per kWh in 2009 to 13.15¢ per kWh in 2020.”

“In 2009,” he continues, “Britons were paying 2.24¢ per kWh (19.4 percent) more for electricity than American households. In 2020, the gap had widened to 9.85¢ per kWh—74.9 percent more than average U.S. residential prices.”

These higher prices naturally compelled people to use less electricity. Climate activists then pointed to lower energy demand as proof of their success – apparently not realizing just how outraged the British people were at being forced to choose between feeding their families and keeping the lights on.

Proponents of the net zero agenda have alleged that green energy policies will ultimately be a massive boon for the economy – a key selling point for everyday people.

But according to Darwall, Britain’s Treasury and the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) resorted to promoting outright falsehoods in an attempt to sell the government’s net zero ambitions as economically viable.

One of the most alarming falsehoods was their assertion that public debt in Britain would reach “289 percent of GDP in 2100” if no effort was taken to curb climate change. This proclamation was made on the assumption that massive climate catastrophes, including “a complete melting of the Greenland ice sheet,” would occur within the next century. But even the United Nations’ climate change panel believes the Greenland ice sheet would only melt over the course of the next “several millennia,” not several decades.

American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Zycher has called Darwall’s study of British climate policies one of the most important case studies for understanding how dangerous radical climate policies can be for a country’s economic health. He noted specifically that Britain’s decarbonization agenda has reduced British economic growth to “the lowest in peacetime since 1780.”

Darwall’s study also points out that many of the left’s climate policies are based on pure speculation, rather than actual hard science and data about whether or not renewables can meet current energy demands.

For example, the OBR claims that eliminating fossil fuel use in Britain and deploying massive government subsidies to the renewable market will inherently lead “to innovation that will boost growth,” and that the need to find alternative energy sources will spur scientific breakthroughs. In other words, the British government is intentionally creating an energy crisis and assuming that will make science progress faster. Darwall calls this assumption “wishful, indeed, nonsensical optimism.”

What makes Britain’s net zero disaster all the more demoralizing is that, even if environmental groups are correct about the looming disaster of climate change and even if Britain did reach net zero by 2050 or sooner, it would likely do little to stave off the pending apocalypse. According to the European Union’s own databases, the entire United Kingdom accounts for just 0.79 percent of total global carbon emissions.

As Democrats in the United States look to pass policies strikingly similar to those passed in the U.K. four years ago, Americans should take stock of Britain’s struggles. While energy prices have surged under Joe Biden and Congress has implemented a number of ill-advised climate policies of its own, the United States may still have a chance to avoid complete disaster if voters choose to reverse course now.

Andrew Shirley is a veteran speechwriter and AMAC Newsline columnist. His commentary can be found on X at @AA_Shirley.

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Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
1 month ago

Just like FDR’s “New Deal”, The Green New Deal is really a RAW DEAL.
Chiquita Khrushchev (aka AOC) and Greta Thunberg aren’t fooling anyone.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

Gee if there was a system available to heat and cool my home for pennies or an cheap, readily available alternative fuel for my truck, I would use them. Too bad there isn’t. Just unicorns and rainbows and the “flux capacitor” pipedream.

A Voter
A Voter
1 month ago

Net Zero is a loser for any people. Except of course the rich elite who will gladly buy your carbon certificates so they can use them at their pleasure.

Gigi
Gigi
1 month ago

All of the climate change nonsense that is destroying the lives of people around the globe is all in vain. Nothing that man can do will change what God has already spoken and what is already written in His Word. This earth will pass away as He has said—when He decides. There is nothing that man can do to stop Him no matter how many billions of dollars they have or how powerful they think themselves to be. It’s all in Scripture. Read it.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

How can some of these politicos be so dumb??? Go green through stupidity. Kyle L.

FedUp
FedUp
1 month ago

The case for net zero rests on two falsehoods”. I think the author missed the third and most critical falsehood. The climate crisis is a sham. It’s the third in a line of fake crisis (global cooling, global warming) designed to help those in power, gain more power, and stay in power. All you need to do is watch the actions of these fear mongers to realize they don’t actually believe what they are saying.

james Carlyle
james Carlyle
1 month ago

It should be apparent to almost every citizen in the developed world that the Climate Scam of the 21st century is designed to bring Western nations to the brink of disaster or beyond-effecting massive wealth redistribution as outlined in the Great Reset defined by the Globalists, WEF, the UN & their ilk. The evidence is in.

Patriot Bill
Patriot Bill
1 month ago

THE MAJORITY RELIGION IN THE UK IS NOW MUSLIM. LET THAT SINK IN. Check the facts yourself.

AMERICA STILL HAS TIME TO STOP THIS HERE

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
1 month ago

any government that goes along with this fake man made global warmign bs is out to destroy their country and their people should attack all the governemtn officials and their extended families. .

GMA
GMA
1 month ago

Many Scientist have disagreed with the Climate Change agenda..another way to Control..

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

Until those with a 2×4 mentality have been beat upside the head enough, perhaps near death, absolutely nothing is going to change. I personally enjoy sitting back and watching people swim through their self created septic pool, choking and gagging on the sh*t pile they have created.

Jackie
Jackie
1 month ago

It seems that every time the subject of “green energy” comes up, we discover that “green energy” MAY be better for the planet (and I do question that sometimes as I also question the true motives of environmentalists) but it is always an excuse for them to raise prices!!! I, for one, can’t afford for the electric company to increase my rate! I don’t agree with all of the “green” crap and I think it’s a way for the elite to make more money for themselves!!!

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
1 month ago

Britain is a lesson in what NOT to do when it comes to climate change and trying to fight it. A lesson the green energy crowd in this country has no interest or intention in learning. Americans will also end up with higher energy bills, brownouts (or blackouts) and less freedom. The AOCs, Al Gores and the climate crazies of the world will love it but the rest of us will not.

Loretta Pramick
Loretta Pramick
1 month ago

When India and China stop polluting the air and water, I will start to take it seriously

Karen
Karen
1 month ago

If people actually understood what climate change is, they would realize how stupid they are and the futility of what they’re trying to say. Telling people to fight climate change is like telling a man to stand on his front lawn to pee on the sun to put it out…isn’t going to happen…LOL
Climate change is real and global warming and cooling are both part of it. It’s part of Earth’s natural cycle of life. It’s been going on for millions of years and this has been proven time and time again by core drillings that have been taken from various places all over our planet. This is 6th-grade earth science folks. Go back to school and educate yourself for crying out loud.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Gee seen no 1 in EU drive EVs

Angus
Angus
1 month ago

They hate people !

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Casey C Matt
Casey C Matt
1 month ago

Someone needs to ask the UK just how much of a carbon footprint does the spent munitions their country along with the rest of the sickening NATO group has allowed the Nazi infested Ukrainian government to expend in their laughably losing battle with Russia. All that expenditure of “pollution”, for what? Extending the conflict, completely removing the male population of Ukraine as their leaders desperately feed their citizenry into the bloody woodchipper of battle…….all in the name of Stepan Bandera (look that awesome fellah up folks and see what your tax dollars are being spent on supporting)?
The UK is a failed state. Sending millions of what little money they can now borrow to Ukraine while their population suffers under their woke leaderhship.
Thank God the sun is setting on that tyrannical kingdom.

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