Luxury Beliefs And Energy Policy: The Fatal Conceit

From Forbes

Tilak Doshi Contributor

I analyze energy economics and related public policy issues.

In a remarkable interview on Wednesday with anchor Laura Ingraham of Fox News, Norman Fenton, Professor Emeritus of Risk at Queen Mary University of London, spelt out just what the “net zero” economy really means. Net zero, to remind ourselves, is the rallying policy battle cry of all major governments in the West and intergovernmental agencies such as the International Energy Agency, the World Bank and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In the UK context, Prof. Fenton points out that all airports except Heathrow, Belfast & Glasgow will close by 2030. No one will be flying at all by 2050. There will be no new gasoline or diesel cars by 2030 and by 2050 road use will be restricted to 60% of today’s level. Food, heating and energy will be restricted to 60% of today’s levels by 2050. Beef and lamb will be off the menu by 2050.

Many of the restrictions on mobility and social activity will be achieved by “15-minute cities”. These are, Wikipedia informs us, where daily necessities and services, such as work, shopping, education, healthcare, and leisure “can be easily reached by a 15-minute walk or bike ride from any point in the city.”

Prof. Fenton put out his observations in a twitter thread that scored an astonishing number of views — some 3.3 million — which was then followed by the Fox News interview. These consequences of net zero for the UK — and by extension, the rest of the collective West — are not mere conjectures by him. They are derived from a detailed document issued by UK FIRES, a research program funded by the government. The program informs the government’s policy strategy to achieve the “net zero by 2050” goals of the 2019 Climate Change Act amendment. The Act was enthusiastically supported by every political party without public consultation and astonishingly without a debate over the costs and benefits of the legislation.

Matt Ridley put it to his peers in the House of Lords as follows: “I am genuinely shocked by the casual way in which ‘the other place’ [presumably the House of Commons] nodded through this statutory instrument [the 2019 Climate Change Act amendment] on Monday committing future generations to vast expenditure to achieve a goal that we’ve no idea how to reach technologically without ruining the British economy and the British landscape.”

How did a leading economy like Great Britain come to have governments (from both sides of the aisle) that promise their people penury and a future without the basic freedoms Westerners have taken for granted for over two centuries? This, it should be noted, is in the land that boasts the 1215 Magna Carta, the first document to put into writing the principle that the king and his government were not above the law. How does the scare of an alleged “climate emergency” impel a ruling elite of whatever ideological persuasion to impose draconian energy policies that promise their people a return to pre-industrial standards of living?

Good Intentions and Luxury Beliefs

Predicated on unfalsifiable climate models and a hockey-stick global warming chart of suspect provenance, Western policy makers assure us that “the end is nigh.” We are told that this is the “scientific consensus”, an established truth which the BBC, for example, holds such that it sees no need to allow contrarian views on any of its programs. Michael Crichton was emphatically wrong, in this view, when he said:

“I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had. Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics… The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”

What have luxury beliefs to do with the proclaimed “scientific consensus” on climate change? Rob Henderson who coined the term defined them as “ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.” This was an update on the sociologist Thorstein Veblen’s century-old theory of conspicuous consumption. Veblen wryly portrayed a shallow, materialistic “leisure class” obsessed by clothes, cars, consumer goods and climbing the social ladder. But today, Henderson argues, “because material goods have become a noisier signal of one’s social position and economic resources, the affluent have decoupled social status from goods, and re-attached it to beliefs.”

With rapid economic growth on the back of modern capitalism, material goods have become relatively cheaper with affluence afforded to a much broader mass of the population. Consequently, virtue signaling and luxury beliefs now play dominate elite behavior while conspicuous consumption of status goods and services plays a lesser role or is even frowned upon. The moral worth of a person today is related to his luxury beliefs, of which the “fight against climate change” is the crowning achievement. While the rich may drive their “clean” Teslas, ordinary people can bike or take public transit in this most virtuous of all possible worlds.

Children of the upper bourgeoisie — steeped in learning the tenets of the new left — are unsurprisingly the moral shock troops of the climate alarmism. Convinced of their cause, they throw tomato soup onto art masterpieces and glue themselves to block traffic and inconvenience the general population from going about their daily lives of work and paying the bills. They do this without the slightest compunction, even “gleefully” blocking ambulances from ferrying the injured or sick to hospital. The larger cause of “saving the planet” overrides all, including the needs of the general populace for heat, mobility and affordable food (dependent on cheap fertilizers). Indeed, the net zero economy threatens the very basis of modern civilization.

Politicians of all stripes find it easy to attach themselves to the great moral crusade to save the planet and win office. Tending to the most vociferous rather than serving the material interests of the majority seems to be the winning ticket. If the great essayist H. L. Mencken was correct in his view of practical politics as the means “to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary”, there is a corollary: if a particular hobgoblin, that is the “climate emergency”, has already been fully conjured up over decades of mass media repetition, its easiest to build on it so that the “clamor for safety” results in good ballot box performance. The so-called conservative parties try to even outdo the liberal ones – as in Britain – to fight for the cause.

The In-built Obsolescence of Luxury Beliefs

Luxury beliefs come with an in-built obsolescence because of their, well, luxuriousness. The cost of radical climate policies are increasingly becoming apparent, “even to Europeans”. The massive policy push for electric vehicles across the West offers an enlightening example of luxury beliefs and their costs on the average consumer.

As ideological green policies – Germany’s reigning luxury belief — are decimating the country’s economy, warnings of a social and economic disaster by local observers have multiplied in recent years. In an interview on Tuesday, long-time head of the CDU Economic Council and former Audi and Daimler board member Professor Kurt Lauk accused Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (a Greens party leader) of technology hostility. “The anti-technology emanating from the Ministry of Commerce is unbearable. Wherever we are or were world market leaders, we have set about abolishing it. For several years now, hard work has been done to destroy this competitive advantage of German industry or to hand it over to other nations. The technological advantage of German carmakers through 150 years of experience with the combustion engine, transmissions etc. is being recklessly abandoned.” Pointing to the unaffordability of electric vehicles, he said “We are running into a huge social conflict with this idiotic, singular policy to drive on electric batteries.”

The recent decision by the EU to allow the sale of internal combustion cars using “e-fuels” technology (itself unproven at scale and very expensive) after 2035, rather than the suggested outright ban by then, signals an important retreat. Last minute objections by the German, Polish and Italian governments suggest that the impending suicidal destruction of Europe’s industrial base is coming increasingly into focus despite the luxury beliefs of the past few decades.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the Verge reports of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to announce tough new emission standards to force the phase out gasoline-powered cars while boosting the sale of electric vehicles to fulfil the Biden Administration’s climate policy goals. “Up to two thirds” of cars sold are mandated to be EV by 2032. Despite the relentless push for EVs, the working class has little interest. In a recent Gallup poll reported on Wednesday, just 2 percent of non-college respondents say they currently own an electric vehicle and a mere 9 percent say they are “seriously considering” purchasing one. The results are not much better for the population as a whole: just 4 percent own one and 12 percent say they are seriously considering one.

The University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute in collaboration with AP-NORC conducts an annual survey on climate attitudes. This year’s survey finds less, not more, urgency around climate change. The share of those who attribute climate change to humans, as opposed to natural changes in the environment, has fallen from 60 percent in 2018 to 49 percent. And where it matters most, putting one’s money where the mouth is, “the share of respondents who would be willing to spend their own money on tackling climate threats has also nosedived” according to the survey results. It would shock today’s privileged luxury believers that just 38 percent of Americans would support a carbon fee of just $1 on their energy bills each month. And that is 14 percentage points less than when they were asked the same question two years ago.

It is no surprise that Prof. Norman Fenton’s twitter thread got over 3 million views and that one of America’s most popular news anchors interviewed him. Today’s luxury belief of choice, net zero and the climate crusade, seems to be coming apart in front of our very eyes.

Tilak Doshi

I have worked in the oil and gas sector as an economist in both private industry and in think tanks, in Asia, the Middle East and the US over the past 25 years. I focus on global energy developments from the perspective of Asian countries that remain large markets for oil, gas and coal. I have written extensively on the areas of economic development, environment and energy economics. My publications include “Singapore in a Post-Kyoto World: Energy, Environment and the Economy” published by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2015). I won the 1984 Robert S. McNamara Research Fellow award of the World Bank and received my Ph.D. in Economics in 1992.

4.9 44 votes
Article Rating
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
April 16, 2023 6:17 am

Been falling apart from the first day ‘Global Warming’ was uttered.

In great part thanks to Anthony and the stalwarts on WUWT who have spawned a generation of sceptical blogs and websites with the authority of good science behind them.

The world will change over the coming five to ten years in ways none of us expect, least of all the alarmists.

Steve Case
Reply to  HotScot
April 16, 2023 6:40 am

“Been falling apart from the first day ‘Global Warming’ was uttered”

Sez you. See my post below.

Last edited 1 month ago by Steve Case
Reply to  Steve Case
April 16, 2023 6:49 am

He too was defeated.

Allan MacRae
Reply to  HotScot
April 17, 2023 2:39 am

Hi HotScot and great article Tilak. – Thank you!
I’m getting tired of being correct – every time I write something, a whole lot of people die. [insert strong expletive here.]

Hi Igor – I nailed this way back in 2002, then in 2013, and then in Nov2022:
“This winter will be hell, especially in Britain and Germany.” – MacRae, Nov2022.
Britain and Germany over-invested in near-useless Wind Power and made the heating of homes unaffordable. That energy shortage, along with the Covid-19 vaxx-caused deaths, contributed to this winter’s carnage in those two countries. They were fortunate in that this winter was mild – it could have been much worse.
Politicians are energy imbeciles – keep them away from the hot stove.
I posted the following prediction in Nov2022:

This will not be easy to watch. I told you so 20 years ago.
This winter will be hell, especially in Britain and Germany.

The cull of the elderly and poor
We published the important conclusions to this debate in 2002 and nothing has changed:
The alleged Climate Crisis is a fifty-year-old scam, and “green energy” is not green and does not produce much useful energy.
The Climate scammers have wasted trillions of dollars and millions of lives on fraud.

1.       “Climate science does not support the theory of catastrophic human-made global warming – the alleged warming crisis does not exist.”
2.       “The ultimate agenda of pro-Kyoto advocates is to eliminate fossil fuels, but this would result in a catastrophic shortfall in global energy supply – the wasteful, inefficient energy solutions proposed by Kyoto advocates simply cannot replace fossil fuels.”
– by Sallie Baliunas (Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian), Tim Patterson (Paleoclimatologist, Carleton U), Allan MacRae (Professional Engineer, retired (Queen’s U, U of Alberta)
I PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2002 in the Calgary Herald:
3.       “If [as we believe] solar activity is the main driver of surface temperature rather than CO2, we should begin the next cooling period by 2020 to 2030.”
3a. “I suggest global cooling starts by 2020 or sooner. Bundle up.”
[Some say global cooling started in Feb2016, but I prefer Feb2020.]
British Undersecretary for Energy and Climate Change, 31Oct2013
By Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc.(Eng.), M.Eng.
So here is my real concern:
IF the Sun does indeed drive temperature, as I suspect, Baroness Verma, then you and your colleagues on both sides of the House may have brewed the perfect storm.
You are claiming that global cooling will NOT happen, AND you have crippled your energy systems with excessive reliance on ineffective grid-connected “green energy” schemes.
I suggest that global cooling probably WILL happen within the next decade or sooner, and Britain will get colder.
I also suggest that the IPCC and the Met Office have NO track record of successful prediction (or “projection”) of global temperature and thus have no scientific credibility.
I suggest that Winter deaths will increase in the UK as cooling progresses.
I suggest that Excess Winter Mortality, the British rate of which is about double the rate in the Scandinavian countries, should provide an estimate of this unfolding tragedy.
See and my papers listed therein for proof.
Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Calgary

Allan MacRae
Reply to  HotScot
April 17, 2023 2:54 am

Hi again HotScot – glad you made it through the winter – did you use your auxiliary power systems or heating systems?
This energy shortfall in Britain and Germany was predicted one and two decades ago and their politicians were well-informed of the dangers.

It is easy to believe that this cull of the elderly and the poor was deliberate – even imbecilic politicians cannot be this stupid for this long. Deliberately obtuse!
Best regards, Allan MacRae in Calgary


“It is the obligation of responsible, competent professionals to blow-the-whistle on this (global warming) scam, and to encourage the availability of cheap, reliable, abundant energy systems for humanity. This is especially true for the elderly and the poor, and for the struggling peoples of the developing world.”

The elderly and the poor in the United Kingdom, Germany and other countries are suffering increased winter deaths due to high energy costs. In the UK, this human disaster is called “Heat or Eat”.

The Excess Winter Mortality Rate in Britain is much higher than that in Canada. Canada has a population of about 35 million and the UK about 65 million, but Excess Winter Mortality in Canada is about 5000 to 10,000 per year, and in the UK it is 25,000 to 50,000 per year.

Canada and the UK have genetically similar populations and similar health care systems. Canada tends to be colder but mostly drier than the UK. However, Canada generally has much lower energy costs and better-insulated housing and probably better central heating systems, on average. This suggests that adaptation to winter and low energy costs are significant drivers of lower Winter Mortality rates.
Imagine IF the UK had competent politicians in the past several decades instead of warmist imbeciles. Instead of spending billions on green energy debacles, they could have spent the funds on improving home insulation and central heating, and encouraged fracking of shales to reduce natural gas prices., and a whole lot of grannies and grandpa’s would still be alive for their grandchildren.

Cheap, abundant, reliable energy is the lifeblood of society – it IS that simple.

When politicians fool with energy systems, real people suffer and die.

Regards, Allan

“Cold Weather Kills 20 Times as Many People as Hot Weather”, September 4, 2015
by Joseph D’Aleo and Allan MacRae

Reply to  HotScot
April 16, 2023 1:14 pm

I hope that you are right HotScot.
The problem is that most political parties use the threat of climate change to become elected to power .
Very few political parties will stand up and state clearly that the quest to reach Carbon Zero will ruin countries standard of living and make the vast majority of their populations poorer .
Until political parties grow some balls and put the facts out for the electorates to see for them selves where these nut zero policies will end up .
Some one has to form political parties that are not afraid to stand up and tell the voters that net zero policies cannot work unless the standard of living is drastically reduced and that zero carbon will lead to world wide starvation .
I will state here that there is no way that half of the worlds food could be grown without the use of nitrogen fertilizer.
4 billion people are fed with the food grown with nitrogen fertilizer and there is no alternative even in the development phase that could work .
Asian countries are ignoring the UN and if western populations and politicians do not wake up very soon Asia will control the world simply because they are expanding their manufacturing as western countries are wrecking their ability to make very much at all.

ethical voter
Reply to  Graham
April 16, 2023 1:40 pm

Political parties will never grow balls and do the right thing. It is not in their DNA. They are the essence of the problem. No new party can fix it. What is needed is no parties. they all use and abuse democracy for their own advancement. There is now happening a rise in independent thought in politics. I think it will soon explode and clear the swamp. Hopefully.

Reply to  Graham
April 17, 2023 2:38 am

It is not just the politicians. It is the civil service and the quangos, minority pressure groups and many so-called charities, that are driving the zealotry. Many politicians (bar very few) are technologically and scientifically ignorant, and so just roll-over when the topics of such are presented. They have no appreciation of the implications of what they are asked to make judgement on. The whole are so wedded on computer outputs that discernment and challenge is against their grain. As our elected representatives they are failing us, our well-being and those of our coming generations. It is our fault for putting them there.

Steve Case
April 16, 2023 6:36 am

In an interview Professor Fenton spelt out just
what the “net zero” economy really means.
I’m guessing that most people don’t believe that
it could really happen or affect them.

100 years ago a famous German politician wrote
a book spelling out his plans for the future.
At the time most people didn’t believe him or
that it could really happen or affect them.  

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Steve Case
April 16, 2023 7:07 am

after all, he was an uneducated corporal and in prison when he wrote it

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 1:54 pm

I don’t think Gramsci ever made it to corporal, although he did most of his writing in prison. It is his heritage that is with us now.

Joao Martins
Reply to  It doesnot add up
April 17, 2023 2:13 am

It does not add up indeed: Antonio Gramsci was not German, he was Italian.

It doesnot add up
Reply to  Joao Martins
April 17, 2023 3:17 am

His nationality is irrelevant. The fact is that his ideas are being implemented and have led to the institutions of the West being subverted into promoting policies that undermine its e istence, including policies related to climate change.

Lee Riffee
Reply to  Steve Case
April 16, 2023 8:07 am

You hit the nail on the head! I think this is exactly why this creeping green crud has been able to spread like a cancer in Germany and so many other places. People just don’t see it as the threat that it is. They think “saving the environment” and “clean energy” sounds nice, but are clueless about what it really will mean for them.

Reply to  Lee Riffee
April 16, 2023 8:40 am

Propaganda works exceedingly well. Especially on the poorly educated and the uncritical thinkers.

Another fact that the uneducated corporal took to heart and used to his advantage.

Reply to  pillageidiot
April 16, 2023 10:07 am

Ironically, I find that in general it is the so called “well educated” and not the poorly educated that embrace the climate emergency scam without a critical thought. Perhaps for them life is so comfortable that they yearn for a crisis and charismatic leader figures to lead them out of it. An adventure without real risk.

Reply to  robaustin
April 16, 2023 10:49 am

Mostly, their beliefs are conditioned and bolstered by who they hang out with.

Groupies get their rocks off by boasting to the other groupies, rather than the quality of their experiences.

Jon Garvey
Reply to  robaustin
April 16, 2023 11:14 am

Fully agree. The educated tend to think themselves well-informed (by followingf mass media) whereas the uneducated call a spade a spade. The educated also have a vested interest in being approved by the rest of the educated – and now more than ever, when elite views are so limited, bizarre and polarised (and education is indoctrination).

Propaganda aims primarily to pervert the educated, who may then coerce the rest, whether or not the latter have succumbed to the deception.

Jon Garvey
Reply to  Jon Garvey
April 16, 2023 11:15 am

Declaration of interest – I got my educashun at Cambridge, which used to be a University!

Tom Johnson
Reply to  robaustin
April 18, 2023 7:29 pm

It is NOT the ‘well educated’ who espouse catastrophic climate change, it is the ill-educated. The combination of corrupt teacher unions and corrupt media is the culprit pushing this hoax. The ill-educated simply don’t know any better.

Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 6:57 am

“Many of the restrictions on mobility and social activity will be achieved by “15-minute cities”.”

gee, and just what will that cost to rebuilt all urban areas?

Elliot W
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 10:57 am

“what will it cost to rebuild all urban areas?”
Nothing. There will be a decree that you must stay in your enclave (AKA ghetto) which will be enforced with roadblocks, identity papers, cameras, and police. Using Oxford as the example, no one is suggesting Oxford be re-built.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Elliot W
April 16, 2023 12:24 pm

“15-minute cities” sort of sounds like “The Hunger Games”.

Reply to  Elliot W
April 17, 2023 3:36 pm

Sort of sounds like Aus tried that out with the 5K travel distance limit for covid. Worked well, jailed violators and taught the rest that they better behave.

I don’t think Aus or NZ have a chance against the next authoritarian actions from the next excuse, whatever is made up. No guns, no chance.

Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 6:59 am

How did a leading economy like Great Britain come to have governments (from both sides of the aisle) that promise their people penury and a future without the basic freedoms Westerners have taken for granted for over two centuries?

Covid shots causing some new brain disease? /sarc

Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 7:04 am

“The share of those who attribute climate change to humans, as opposed to natural changes in the environment, has fallen from 60 percent in 2018 to 49 percent.”

uh huh! no more consensus- problem solved!

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 8:04 am

Ah! But there is a consensus, just not one alarmists like……..

Jon Garvey
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
April 16, 2023 11:17 am

Unfortunately the consensus amongst scientists has gone from 97% to 105%…

Reply to  Jon Garvey
April 16, 2023 12:03 pm

Wouldn’t you think that “the enlightened” should conduct a study into the situations of consensus participants, to wit –

what are the implications / consequences for consensus participants of their NOT signing up to the statements of the consensus?

Reply to  Jon Garvey
April 16, 2023 12:45 pm

In universities and math labs, the consensus is 157%.

Reply to  Ex-KaliforniaKook
April 16, 2023 6:50 pm

Meth labs ?

April 16, 2023 7:04 am

Today’s luxury belief of choice, net zero and the climate crusade, seems to be coming apart in front of our very eyes.

Would that it were. I am afraid chickens are being counted.

William Howard
April 16, 2023 7:19 am

Mencken also noted that Americans deserve the government they get and they deserve to get it good & hard – welcome to the Buyden adm. – we are getting it good & hard

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  William Howard
April 16, 2023 9:43 am

“Mencken also noted that Americans deserve the government they get and they deserve to get it good & hard…”


Judging from the quotes of his that I’ve read, I would hazard a guess that Mencken was probably more Libertarian-minded than anything else. His attitude towards govt reflected in his quotations was not of the type we generally see in the majority.

When I consider the green energy, climate change alarmist and net zero narratives, I definitely find myself gravitating fairly strongly in the direction of Mencken’s thinking and libertarianism when it comes to govt. As I like to say sometimes, to err is human, but to really screw things up requires government.

Unfortunately, some of Mencken’s quotations also appear to be antisemitic, which is a part of him that I definitely do not concur with.

If Western civilization start going downhill in the years and decades ahead, it won’t be difficult to understand why.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 16, 2023 10:10 am

The quote from Mencken below seems to strongly apply to the state of affairs today.

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-face for the urge to rule it.”

— H. L. Mencken

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 16, 2023 11:12 am

If Western civilization start going downhill in the years and decades ahead, it won’t be difficult to understand why.

It has been in motion for quite some time already.

Dave Fair
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 16, 2023 11:56 am

CD, do you have actual quotations of Mencken that are antisemitic? Could it be the vernacular of his time grates upon modern moral sensibilities and delicate social palates?

Last edited 1 month ago by Dave Fair
CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2023 5:12 pm

“Mencken infamously wrote the following in his 1930 “Treatise on the Gods,” one of his best known books: “The Jews could be put down very plausibly as the most unpleasant race ever heard of. As commonly encountered, they lack many of the qualities that mark the civilized man: courage, dignity, incorruptibility, ease, confidence. They have vanity without pride, voluptuousness without taste, and learning without wisdom.”

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Dave Fair
April 16, 2023 5:19 pm


I readily acknowledge that Mencken left behind many quotes that are words of wisdon regarding politics and government. When quoting him however, I would suggest that it be done with a grain of salt if he was indeed antisemitic as the quotation from his 1930 book suggests.

Dave Andrews
April 16, 2023 7:31 am

UK Fires is a collaboration between Cambridge, Oxford, Nottingham, Bath Universities and Imperial College, London. They got several million pounds to undertake their studies.

They admit that UK is unlikely to get to net zero by 2050 based on current plans and funding, including that the “growth in non emitting electricity supply will not be enough to meet future demand” and then:-

“Future legislation will have to FORCE retrofit/ replacement for long lived assets – buildings/ houses – that will not be replaced before 2050”

They descend into la la land when they start talking about retrofitting vintage cars with electric motors, or spending £47,000 on a newly converted electric Beetle!>absolute-zero

Last edited 1 month ago by Dave Andrews
William Howard
April 16, 2023 7:36 am

Interesting that they won’t spend any of their money but are ok with governments spending trillions that will bankrupt the world destroying the quality of life for their children and grandchildren

John Oliver
April 16, 2023 7:55 am

There just is not an unlimited amount of capital to continually miss allocate leaving little to rebuild with after the Green blob idiot machine destroys our western economies- this is dreadfully serious.

John Oliver
Reply to  John Oliver
April 16, 2023 8:15 am

Akio Toyota has been trying to communicate this to world leaders for a couple of years now that the engineers in almost all industries know that this EV / renewables transition is not realistic.

Reply to  John Oliver
April 16, 2023 11:15 am

Wasn’t a major Toyota executive recently forcibly replaced by one who is onboard with electrification?

Reply to  John Oliver
April 17, 2023 4:04 am

Yep, Thatcher’s comment quite appropriate here:

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

Sadly, she never thought it would apply to the UK Conservative party as much as the Labour party.

John Hultquist
April 16, 2023 8:18 am

 Meanwhile, “micromobility devices” (e-bikes and such) are burning buildings and people. Fox News reports from New York City:

April 16, 2023 8:28 am

All is happening according to Agenda 21 because so far people are complacent and don’t see it affecting them. When you think about it, the “plan” has been in place since the Russian Revolution. Inch by inch Democracy is falling to the Marxists and we are nearing the real “tipping point” of civilization. In reality it’s another “conspiracy theory” coming true. If, if, we can stop cheating at the polls in America we might be able to stop it. AGW fear is accelerating and strengthening the “plan”.

Last edited 1 month ago by mleskovarsocalrrcom
Reply to  mleskovarsocalrrcom
April 17, 2023 4:01 am

Democracy is falling to the idiots.

Others are just taking advantage to give themselves more power, more riches or both. Doesn’t require Blofeld (aka Klaus Schwab) behind the scenes, despite what the WEF look and feel like.

Last edited 1 month ago by ThinkingScientist
The Dark Lord
April 16, 2023 9:21 am

You meant Crighton was right ? Correct ?

tilak doshi
Reply to  The Dark Lord
April 16, 2023 2:15 pm

Yes. Did my article not make that clear? Tell me where I could edit if required to clarify that. Thank you

Joe Crawford
April 16, 2023 9:54 am

I think the government and the universities should show us how it is done, i.e., the path to net zero, by declaring one business/school day per week as a zero carbon day. First, that day, a full 24 hours, should be defined in advance, e.g., from 5AM Wednesday to 5AM Thursday, and all government and university buildings provided with only what renewable electricity & energy is available. Second, no ICE vehicles are allowed within a fixed distance from those buildings/campuses (e.g., 1 block) for that same time period.

Granted this will not come close to the actual effects of net zero but it would supply a small preview of the future. By requiring pledges from those involved and slowly increasing the time period up to two or three days a week and the restrictions (e.g., eliminating bicycles) it could be easily sold as preparing the population for full implementation of net zero.

Last edited 1 month ago by Joe Crawford
April 16, 2023 10:12 am

The U.K. has had it

Net Zero common sense

David Wojick
April 16, 2023 11:24 am

This seems extreme: “How did a leading economy like Great Britain come to have governments (from both sides of the aisle) that promise their people penury and a future without the basic freedoms Westerners have taken for granted for over two centuries?”

So it is extermination versus the end of civilization? I think not.

April 16, 2023 11:27 am

What with the guy in the picture, in the middle. He has 3 legs. Wonder if AI drew it.

Dave Fair
Reply to  timosoren
April 16, 2023 12:00 pm

I also saw that in the image. I assumed he was lying upon somebody hidden by his bulk.

Reply to  timosoren
April 17, 2023 9:03 am

If you look carefully you will notice many disfigurements of hands, fingers and even faces. These are the hallmarks of the current ChatGPT and DALL-E AI generators, which know very little, intrinsically, about anatomy, but are very skilled at integrating and stitching together snippets from training sets of human-drawn figures containing billions of features.

April 16, 2023 11:31 am

There is something fundamental missing from this account. The climate and energy manias are only part of it. The rest of the phenomenon you have to add in the gender and race manias.

What’s happened is the overproduction of elites, with no place to go, and liberal arts degrees which prepared them for a life of gentlemanly leisure, which is nowhere to be had.

Its a very dangerous revolutionary force, free floating intellectuals who feel they have been cheated. High cost housing, no jobs they think worthy of them, no mobility. And so they start to get swept by radical manias.

Reply to  michel
April 17, 2023 4:00 am

The long term danger and rioting will come from the proletariat and the poor suffering under these ivory tower policies, not from the liberal arts degree w@nkers.

The situation is getting noticeably worse and I feel we are heading towards mobs, torches, pitchforks and draconian use of state force to suppress dissent.

It is going to end very badly.

Ed Zuiderwijk
April 16, 2023 12:14 pm

The quote from Crichton, true as it is, itself contains quotes from that great scientist and educator Richard Feynman.

tilak doshi
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
April 16, 2023 3:22 pm

I actually edited the sentence and included a reference to Feynman. Thank you!

April 16, 2023 1:35 pm

The more I read about this mess the more I am reminded of Agenda 21. I am coming to believe that the same people are using the climate crisis as a vehicle to achieve what they couldn’t preaching Agenda 21.

“We are running into a huge social conflict with this idiotic, singular policy to drive on electric batteries.”

You are going to see a hell of a lot more than social conflict if these morons don’t wake up.

John Oliver
April 16, 2023 3:18 pm

Agenda 21- hmmm . Population? Hav nt read it all recently. Covid vaccine issues- maybe even scarier than I thought. Stay calm but these people in power may have really done it to us this time and a lot of them selves. I’m glad I’m stubborn.

John Oliver
Reply to  John Oliver
April 16, 2023 4:01 pm

not implying a conspiracy- just reckless incompetence

Reply to  John Oliver
April 17, 2023 3:56 am

I agree. Hanlon’s razor:

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Edward Katz
April 16, 2023 6:28 pm

As usual, Tilak Doshi provides readers with the type of facts that are precisely what the mainstream media goes to great lengths to suppress.

April 16, 2023 6:36 pm

I want that percentage of support for climate legislation of all kinds to nosedive to net zero asap. Tomorrow won’t be soon enough. I’ve had more than I can take of these absurd policy proposals.

April 16, 2023 8:48 pm

Truth in advertising as Twitter labels Government Funded Media-
ABC News branded with new label ‘Government-funded Media’ on Twitter (

April 17, 2023 1:42 am

Just to clarify one small nicety of UK political discourse, when a Lord in the House of Lords speak of “the other place” it is always the House of Commons.

tilak doshi
Reply to  aelfrith
April 17, 2023 3:01 pm

I put it as “presumably” as a semi-ironic reference, but perhaps that was not necessary.

April 17, 2023 3:01 am

From the article:

How did a leading economy like Great Britain come to have governments (from both sides of the aisle) that promise their people penury and a future without the basic freedoms Westerners have taken for granted for over two centuries?

Because they are blind to the fact that Western societies are slipping into a modern form of fascism – authoritarianism with an unhealthy relation between the state, large corporations and the media. Politicians are drunk on power and fired up with a self-righteous messiah complex of “saving the planet”.

Its going to end very badly. Note how the BBC London News reported the ULEZ protests as supported by “vocal protesters and mainstream politicians were joined by conspiracy theorists and far-right groups”.

English Man on Twitter: “#DefundTheBBC #Leftwingactivists” / Twitter

These are ordinary people who are very angry about the impact a draconian and authoritarian policy enacted by an out of touch London Mayor will have on their everyday lives. And the BBC is using lazy slurs to echo the London Mayor’s labelling of anyone disgreeing with his policy as

“‘You need to understand that their opposition has been latched on to by anti-vaxxers, by Covid deniers, conspiracy theorists and Nazis.”

This the same Mayor who has said:

“The mayor of London has called on the environmental lobby to come out more strongly in favour of the controversial policy, saying climate change deniers will be “emboldened” if it fails. Speaking at an event in central London on Monday, Khan said: “The causes of climate change and air pollution are the same.”

Sadiq Khan and the BBC, you have no grasp of history nor what fascists really are. Labelling your critics as “nazis” is lazy and ignorant. Take a look in the mirror.

Politicians of all persuasions in the UK have stopped listening and think they have the power to enact anything in our interests because we have to be saved. It is staggering hubris and arrogance. As I say, its going to end badly.

And in response to Mayor Khan’s claims about deaths and air quality, I grew up in the 1970s and presumably missed the huge fatalities back then?

Last edited 1 month ago by ThinkingScientist
Kevin Kilty
April 17, 2023 6:13 am

The particular ignorance and stupidity of the Biden Administration notwithstanding, I have noticed some recent backpedalling on certain plans. Iintegrated Resource Plans that in comparison to the prior version of two years ago now show running coal-fired plants longer than expected and more conversions of coal to natural gas than planned previously.

Perhaps this suggestion on the part of Germans to allow eFuels, whenever they come into being, is part of a trend of controlled leaks — preparing the unhinged for a hard landing for their dreams. One can hope.

John Oliver
April 17, 2023 7:38 am

Just an aside. But can anybody recommend a high quality site like WATTs Up but for medical/ covid vac discussions. I know it’s not appropriate to go to far into it here so where. I listen to Dr John Campbell Dr Drew High Wire etc. But want a site that allows some back and forth discussion in the commentary amongst well researched reasonable people . The pathological studies are becoming more disturbing every month. Thanks

April 17, 2023 8:49 am

CAGW and the net-zero response are of the same world view and social contagion that is suddenly driving the “trans” movement, convincing troubled adolescent girls that they have rapid onset gender dysphoria and forcing otherwise sane doctors to provide “affirmative care” or risk being barred from practicing medicine. They administer the “cure” before the examination.

%d bloggers like this:
Verified by MonsterInsights