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Will the valleys ever be green enough?


THE prophet hath spoken. The Swedish ecodwarf has smiled upon the green valleys of Wales. The empty suits of the Senedd bask in her favour. Mark Drakeford is to be spared the humiliation of a future ‘How dare you!’

It is not the Welsh football team’s plucky performance at Euro 2020 that has tickled young Thunberg (although I use ‘Welsh’ lightly as it appears that most of the team come from the land of the Anglo-Saxon oppressor: of the nation’s three forwards, only one was born in Wales, the other two hailing from Torquay and Gloucester).

No, instead her pleasure was directed at Deputy Climate Change Minister – there’s a position ripe for the chop – Lee Waters’s announcement that Wales is to halt all road-building projects as the government conducts a review.

This is all in the name of ‘fighting climate change’, natch. According to the wise minister, Wales is ‘facing catastrophic consequences’ as Gaia will soon turn against the nation if it does not do more to reduce its carbon emissions. Such dire predictions are par for the course for greenies; they’ve predicted more extinction-level events and announced alarmist ‘x months to save the environment’ more times than I’ve had hot dinners.

As part of the plans, the Welsh government intends to put more money into public transport. It is unclear whether government ministers will be the first to abandon their private transport and start taking the bus into work. After all, at current trends Wales will not hit ‘net zero’ until 2090, according to Mr Waters, so no sacrifice is too small.

Mr Waters claimed: ‘We need a shift away from spending money on projects that encourage more people to drive, and spend more money on maintaining our roads and investing in real alternatives that give people a meaningful choice.’

Which all raises a few questions: if you don’t want people to drive, why exactly are you maintaining roads? Surely medieval-style dirt tracks would be more than enough for the car-less peasants of Wales? Or must one assume it is for the fleet of ministerial limousines which will continue to speed along unimpeded?

Moreover, clearing away the meaningless verbiage of the modern politician – you can stick your ‘real alternatives’ and ‘meaningful choice’ in the same place as your ‘we-are-listenings’ and ‘more-must-be-dones’ – reveals the true intent of the unending eco-fascism.

The whole purpose of the motor car is that it gives people a ‘meaningful choice’ already: they can go where they want, when they want. However, having enjoyed this freedom for too many decades, the serfs must be put back in their unheated boxes, forever reliant on inconvenient state-supplied transport. Pretend it’s for the environment, though, and the guilt-ridden normies will happily go along with the charade in an attempt to assuage the meaninglessness of 21st century living.

Anyone wondering how much of an effect all of this will have might consider the following facts. The UK is responsible for 1.03 per cent of the world’s CO2 emissions. Wales accounts for 4.7 per cent of the UK’s population. Thus we can calculate that Wales accounts for somewhere in the region of 0.048 per cent of world emissions. I cannot say how much of this is sheep farts.

Clearly, in light of this it is vital that the Llandeilo bypass be put on hold.

As the Chinese and Indians plough ahead and build endless coal-fired power stations, the inconvenienced population of Wales will be glad to know that they sacrificed not only their prosperity – and even more fundamentally their freedom – on the altar of the millenarian cult of watermelon communism.

In future, people will no doubt wonder why, when carbon energy has dragged billions of people out of poverty, the foolish Western governments of our era are so hell-bent on its restriction. The answer, they will surmise, has little to do with protecting the environment.

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Frederick Edward
Frederick Edward
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