This winter is one of the coldest on record with temperatures in Oxfordshire where Aardvark lives only 2 degrees warmer than Antarctica.
The spell of very cold weather means that winter fuel bills are going to be considerably more than they were this time last year, and not only because of fluctuating fuel prices but also due to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
This adds on average 14% to electricity bills which is about £120 per household. Like most schemes from the EU it is riddled with fraud and corruption which costs the EU €5 Billion a year.
With the news that the BBC is investigating the BBC about bias in science reporting is was hardly surprising that the BBC was hard at work pushing AGW propaganda today:
Following yesterday’s item aimed at making sure the kids are still on message about MMGW, today we had Newsround for grown-ups. In a report which aired on the 6 pm news on both BBC 1 and Radio 4 this evening, David Shukman explained:
“The key thing is that there’s a difference between the weather and the climate. The weather’s what you get day by day, month by month, like this cold spell. But the climate is the kind of weather you get over a thirty year period, and that’s what the scientists say is changing.”
As James Delingpole asked:
Q: What’s the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’?
A: Climate is when it’s warming and weather is when it’s not
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By Tory Aardvark
Hidden away in the bureaucracy of the European Union is the Emissions Trading Scheme, a well kept secret from us.
This well kept secret is costing us £3 billion pounds per year, that’s about £117 per household on our energy bills.
When the cost of the trading scheme is added to the Renewables Obligation then the average cost on each eclectricy bill is 14% of the total.
The cost falls disproportionaly on the elderly and business, both large users of electricity, both can ill afford increased costs in the current recession.
For all that, it is pretty ineffective at cutting emissions. Prominent environmentalists and energy companies have called for a floor on the price, as it keeps collapsing. That would bring into question the whole point of the trading scheme. The volatility of the price both makes it that bit harder for families and businesses to manage their budgets and weakens the incentive to invest in cutting emissions.