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The woman who could save us from Net Zero

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WORLD events and the shadowy manipulations of Big Money overshadow Westminster. Pity the poor Secretaries of State for Paperclips/Football/Constitutional Change: for all their titles and limos they are powerless. But there is one appointee in the latest long list (does everyone in the Tory party get a job?) who has the chance to write her name in the history books, to emerge from the shadows to set the entire world on a better and more optimistic path.

Step forward Thérèse Coffey, who has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Unusually for a Cabinet minister she actually has some relevant qualifications, with a PhD in chemistry. Hers is real science, not the ‘The end of the world is coming, please send more money’ science we see in the Daily Mail or from Gummer’s Climate Change Committee. For her doctorate Dr Coffey synthesised 11 new complexes of molybdenum of the type [Mo(NR)2(S2CNEt2)2] so we are talking here of a real scientist, who should be able to detect biased or fudged science in the papers that cross her desk.

Her Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Trudy Harrison MP, is not a scientist but her government and practical business experience should count for something. Together these two women could ensure that we avoid the disaster that is Net Zero. Or not, if they accept uncritically the CCC narrative – CO2 bad, renewables good, shale gas the spawn of the Devil, carpeting England with solar glass good, growing our own food bad. Theirs is the chance to address climate change in a sensible manner.

COP27 begins in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh next weekend. A year ago 120 world leaders, 22,274 party delegates, 14,124 observers and 3,886 media representatives gathered in Glasgow for COP26 to the delight of the hotel industry, the private jet sector and the wee hairies of the Broomielaw. No Zoom pow-wows for those people, they wanted the full-on Glasgow experience.

This year could be much the same, or given that the venue boasts first class hotels, sun, sea and sand, and some of the best snorkelling in the world, even more popular. We can expect to see more hangers-on, more self-satisfied and self-appointed parasites spending our money.

But there will never be a better chance to stop the panic, calm the hysteria and start rebuilding the energy supplies which are the currently shaky foundations of western prosperity. The problem for anyone trying to step back from the brink of the confected energy crisis (which will lead to recession and depression) is the momentum behind the climate change narrative. The public has endured over 20 years of propaganda about a climate emergency and will prove difficult to de-program. Worse, the major media outlets are convinced that it is their duty to reinforce the message.

Still, the first good sign is that Rishi Sunak will not be attending. Dr Coffey, however, should be there, if she is up to the task of bringing sanity to the MSM, the BBC, the Civil Service and the entire apparatus of government. She needs to point out that COPs 1-26 have made no difference and it’s time to try something different.

For a start, Coffey could look at the odd warming record of Sharm El Sheikh itself. The town is at the north-west end of the Red Sea, a nice place to be as winter tightens its grip on our energy-weak UK. Here’s something interesting: like many enclosed and polluted water bodies, the surface of that part of the Red Sea is warming much faster than the global average. Extend your browsing, Dr Coffey, and you will find that the eastern Mediterranean, parts of the Gulf of Mexico, the great Atlantic gyres and Lake Michigan are all warming faster than one can explain by the CO2 warming hypothesis. While waiting for the next glass of Adnams, she should make a Feynman guess why that is so. Then look at the way the climate models project twice the average world-wide warming rate that balloons and satellite measure in reality. Make a Feynman guess why that is so.

Now make the risky move. Announce that anomalous local ocean warming and the failure of climate science to match reality casts doubt on the global warming models, and ask whether our commitment to Net Zero is necessary. State clearly that we will take a slower precautionary approach to cutting the UK’s already negligible carbon footprint. Result: industry saved, pensioners’ energy bills reduced and a name in the history books.

Let’s be optimistic even though that’s difficult as we contemplate the stupidity on show at the beginning of the new Westminster regime. Sunak’s most important pronouncement at his first PMQs was the reinstatement of the fracking ban. Because the fracking process sometimes produces tremors equivalent to a fat man sitting down on an office chair, our industry must suffer, so says multi-millionaire Sunak, an Oxford PPE graduate. Dr Coffey should be able to eat the lightweight alive when it comes to the science, and a few major hits on the floor of the House, combined with industry shutdowns and the odd blackout might turn the tide. If she holds her fire until the lights begin to go out, and people realise the trouble we are in, she might get away with it.

Or, Dr Coffey, you can stick with the narrative and be out on your ear in two years’ time with the rest of the Conservative Party. 

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Julian Flood
Julian Flood
Julian Flood was a Vulcan captain at the age of 24. It’s all been rather downhill since then.

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