MENTION the words ‘climate change’ or ‘climate emergency’ and climate scientists and ‘entrepreneurs’ are drooling in anticipation of the research grants, subsidies and investment grants which will keep them in luxury for years.

Now scientists at the University of Cambridge plan to set up a research centre to develop new ways to repair the Earth’s climate. These include refreezing the poles, removing CO2 from the atmosphere and fertilising the sea with iron salts to promote the growth of plankton.

Over the years there has been failure after failure with climate schemes but still the government plough in more taxpayers’ money.

Remember Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) which was going to ‘save the planet’? A costly failure.

Remember Salter’s Duck, a device that converts wave power to electricity? Another non-starter.

Then there was the idea of dropping a weight down a disused mineshaft to turn a generator and produce electricity. Gravitricity received £650,000 in government grants, but has produced no grid electricity so far.

Pride of place must go to Kite Power Systems who were proposing to fly kites to produce electricity. I think they were told: ‘Go fly a kite’.


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Clark Cross is a retired chartered accountant, finance director and managing director. He lives in Scotland.