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Tinyco2. Can you suggest any prominent Tory who might become a minister who would reverse the current energy policies and/or push for new legislation that would nullify the Climate Change Act? Who would take the huge political risks of opposing the environmental-academic consensus? You are living in a fairyland if you think Brexit will have any impact on what both of us knows what needs to be done.

Jun 25, 2016 at 4:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan kendall

It depends on who is PM after Cameron and who gets what jobs after. Amber Rudd is likely to be out. CO2 won't be top of the agenda.

Jun 25, 2016 at 4:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

What indications are there that today's Tories, or tomorrow's, will change their minds about climate change or the need to decarbonise our economy? We may see the need for a rethink, but I don't think our political masters do. Nor will they until it's late in the day and lights begin to dim or go out.

Do wonder why Ann Widdicombe is not more of a sceptic's icon, she having been one of the very few who did not vote for the Climate Change Act 2008.

Jun 25, 2016 at 3:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan kendall

There will be greater financial imperatives and a stable UK energy supply will be essential. It will be easy to quietly drop green blob stuff between the cracks.

Jun 25, 2016 at 2:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

golfCharlie. Why would you think that Brexit and a rebranded Tory government of whatever flavour will do anything drastically different about climate change or energy provision?

The Climate Change Act seems to be respun here as an evil socialist Milliband creation when in fact it was given overwhelming cross party support. In the same vein, the EU is cast as the villain imposing draconian energy legislation upon the poor UK who were quite helpless in the face of its undemocratic dogma. When the truth was that the EU suggested a 60% cut and the UK parliament upped this to 80%. Imposition of sulphur and particulates directives from Europe speeded up the retrofitting of clean coal technologies to the benefit of everybody's respiratory health. I don't believe the UK demurred.

Why should departure from Europe have anything to do with downgrading the push towards renewables?

I am currently looking into the implications for energy supply that might occur if the EU becomes intransigent. There might be some problems ahead. But more of this later.

Jun 25, 2016 at 2:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan kendall

97% of Brexit voters can point to the Climate Change Act 2008 as a major contributing factor.

Areas that have suffered the worst effects, manufacturing etc, have also been traditional Labour strongholds.

So will Labour have a new leader before the Conservatives?

Owen Patterson would be the best leader of an all new improved Department of Energy, as he knows already who the destructive Civil Servants are. A Department of Climate Change couldn't even be given away for a £1 (Philip Green style) as it is too toxic.

Jun 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

PCar: Owen Paterson has been the best minister in the last 10 years. It's a great pity he will not be in the running for PM, but he would be the best choice for minister at the revised DE. I expect Gove (who was an excellent Education Secretary) to be PM and like your other choices in the cabinet. Hopefully Boris will not be PM, Home Secretary perhaps, or minister with responsibility for the new Department for the Extraction of the UK from the Clutches of the EUSSR (DEUCE).

Jun 25, 2016 at 6:48 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Will the 2008 Climate Change Act celebrate a Happy 10th Biirthday?

Jun 25, 2016 at 1:42 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Pcar, catamarans are less able to ride up and over a wave, especially if they are angled down at the bows before they hit the wave. Try YouTube ships in heavy weather. Size decreases the likelihood of it happening, but a rogue wave high enough to have damaged that vessel would have had to have been very rogue, and so vertical as to have been breaking, unless the vessel was angled down at the bows, probably!

Jun 25, 2016 at 1:31 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

@TinyCO2

With a bit of luck Amber Rudd will be history.

I would expect so after her personal ad-hom vicious attacks on Boris on ITV debate.

Hope to see Owen Paterson, Liam Fox, IDS & David Davis in cabinet plus Lords M Forsyth & M Ridley.

Jun 24, 2016 at 9:09 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

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