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British PM Announces Net Zero Retreat as King Charles Visits France

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Did Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wait until King Charles was safely on his way to France, before announcing a Net Zero retreat?

Rishi Sunak delays petrol car ban in major shift on green policies

By Sam Francis
Political reporter, BBC News

In a speech from Downing Street on Wednesday, Mr Sunak said moving too fast on green policies “risks losing the consent of the British people”.

Among the key changes announced were:

  • A five-year delay in the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, meaning a requirement for all new cars to be “zero emission” will not come into force until 2035
  • A nine-year delay in the ban on new fossil fuel heating for off-gas-grid homes to 2035
  • Raising the Boiler Upgrade Grant by 50% to £7,500 to help households who want to replace their gas boilers
  • The ban on the sale of new gas boilers in 2035 remains, but the government will introduce new exemption for poorer households
  • Scrapping the requirement on landlords to ensure all rental properties had a Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of grade C or higher, from 2025.

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Meanwhile, King Charles addressed the French Parliament on the need for greater climate ambition;

King Charles uses historic address to French parliament to label global warming an ‘existential challenge’ and call for a ‘sustainability agreement’ with France – hours after Rishi U-turned on green targets


PUBLISHED: 16:41 AEST, 21 September 2023 | UPDATED: 03:20 AEST, 22 September 2023

King Charles made history today by becoming the first British monarch to address the French Senate – and used his speech to declare global warming as ‘our most existential challenge’ – just hours after Rishi Sunak put the brakes on Net Zero.

The monarch spoke of the close friendship between the UK and France but focused on tackling climate change, calling for a new ‘entente cordiale’ specifically to ‘tackle the global climate and biodiversity emergency’.

Speaking in perfect French, Charles suggested France and Britain needed the same unity shown in the World Wars and now Ukraine to ‘stand together’ on the environment, shortly after the PM warned that imposing ‘unacceptable costs’ and ‘heavy-handed’ proposals on families risked wrecking support for saving the planet.

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Waiting until the king is out of the country, before staging a revolution – there is plenty of precedent for that.

Not that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s timid retreat could really be described as a revolution – more likely a desperate attempt to bring false hope to furious voters, many of whom are counting the minutes until they can throw his incompetent administration out of office.

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September 23, 2023 2:14 am

Just to be clear, it’s no longer a “Climate Emergency”…

Reply to  Ron
September 23, 2023 4:23 am

It never was, and never will be..

John Power
Reply to  Ron
September 23, 2023 4:46 pm

So, what is it, then?

Reply to  John Power
September 23, 2023 6:36 pm

Entirely beneficial.

Reply to  John Power
September 24, 2023 12:33 pm

A Marxist ploy to destroy free enterprise and monopolize all resources on the planet. Its aim is to enslave the rest of humanity by eliminating the middle class and controlling information so they they get enough of humanity to sell us all out to our new overlords. We’ll have humanity segregated into economic castes of rich (5% + government) and the rest of the 80% of us; they will have all the benefits but the rest of us will have none. Hail the rich and bow down and lick the boots of Marxist apparatchiks.

Reply to  Ron
September 25, 2023 11:03 pm

When are British citizens, no longer subjects of the Crown, going to give that jug-eared twit the Charles I treatment? Like his predecessors Charles I, Charles II and James II, the Gluecksburg spawn is a traitor.

September 23, 2023 2:17 am

The announcement sent the supposedly unbiased BBC wild with rage! They devoted most of the following day’s breakfast programme to ‘devastating news’ 😀.

J Boles
Reply to  mrbluesky
September 23, 2023 7:00 am

Those at the BBC are free to give up their FF use, daily usage.

Reply to  mrbluesky
September 23, 2023 7:54 am


But the idiot, know-nothing bureaucrats will still be there, as well as the various know-nothing climate cabals. They have a life apart from the real world.


A group of US governors is calling on the Biden administration to help ease the “extraordinary economic challenges” that have combined to threaten not only future offshore wind development, but also the number of projects that are already under way.

In a letter submitted to the White House, the governors of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island say:

“inflationary pressures, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the lingering supply-chain disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic” have resulted in project cost increases that have become steadily disruptive.

Parts of that statement is total BS.

Bloomberg recently reported, citing figures from Bloomberg-NEF:
“The all-in, turnkey capital cost associated with a typical US offshore project, before bonus tax credits of the IRA, has increased by 57% since 2021.
The increased costs of materials, energy, components, labor, and supply chain disruptions and constraints (shortage of European-owned specialized ships, etc.,) explain about 40% of that, with 60% due to increased interest rates.
Increased financing costs are due to borrowing larger amounts/installed kW, at higher interest rates”

Back to the Governors’ letter regarding more subsidies

They already get the upfront 30% Investment Tax Credit, which can be used to offset ANY taxes on profits in other businesses owned by these EUROPEAN Big Wind conglomerates

They already get ACCELERATED depreciation in 5 years of the ENTIRE PROJECT, which saves lots of taxes on ANY TAXABLE INCOME in the early years of the project.

They already get to deduct the interest paid on bank loans from ANY TAXABLE INCOME

They get the Production Tax Credit; a new IRA benefit

They get the Domestic Content Tac Credit, if qualified; a new IRA benefit

They get the Energy Community Bonus Tax Credit, if qualified; a new IRA benefit

They are asking the federal government to donate the federal lease revenue to the shoreline states; a new demand!

All of that, so they:

Can kill more whales, etc.,
Ruin more fisheries,
Further impoverish ratepayers and taxpayers,
Further enrich multi-millionaires with super-safe, lucrative tax shelters,
Screw up the shoreline tourist and vacation industries
And do nothing regarding GLOBAL WARMING


Handicap the US economy with extremely expensive UNRELIABLE electricity that is totally absent during a hurricane, because rotors are feathered and locked to hopefully prevent/minimize damage

East Coast hurricane winds have much higher speeds than North Sea winds, which usually max out at 70 mph.

Wind and solar are, by definition, as unreliable and unpredictable as the NEW ENGLAND weather.

You could have rain in winter, but just as well have 3 to 4 inches of wet snow, that freezes overnight and stays on the solar panels, including my neighbor’s panels, for about 2 weeks.

How in hell is that reliable several times during the winter?

Every morning I get up around 6 and there is not a a leaf moving. My house is 1000 ft up, on a hill.

Every evening there is not a leaf moving DURING PEAK DEMAND HOURS

How in hell is that reliable year-round?


Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 10:15 am

Bloomberg analysts estimate $US 200 Trillion to stop warming by 2050. There are around 2 billion households so that is $100,000 per household. The less developed countries can’t afford anything like that so the developed countries will have to pay around 1 million each or around $33,000 per year for 30 years. That is completely unaffordable.

The millionaires and billionaires have $208 trillion in wealth. That would cover it.

Bryan A
Reply to  scvblwxq
September 23, 2023 11:11 am

If you take everything from the Millionaires and Billionaires of the world who would pay your salary? They might become disinclined to reproduce it and the world becomes insolvent.

To see the type of world you propose…

Read Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged”

Or watch the movies
Available on YouTube with ads
Or Prime Video without commercials
Atlas Shrugged Parts 1 2 & 3
Unfortunately the actors change for the characters in each part

Reply to  Bryan A
September 23, 2023 12:41 pm

Those millionaire folks are easily replaced with people just as capable, but not so self-serving, we hope

It is the RULES-BASED system that produces these millionaires

Bryan A
Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 1:16 pm

Might I ask then,
Who pays your salary?
Who manages your banking?
Who manages your investments?
Who supplies your Energy sources?
Who manufactures your transportation?
Who manufactures replacement parts for that transportation?
Who supplies your access to information?
Who supplies your access to communications?
Odds are, everything you depend on to live your life is already funded by those 1%ers that it’s being proposed to take everything from

Bryan A
Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 1:21 pm

If there were people equally as capable then there would be many more 1%ers and they too would be susceptible to having their wealth stripped from them as proposed above
And again there would be even fewer people capable of or wanting to create wealth for the world just to have it taken from them just to give to those that only know how to spend … like the government

general custer
Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 4:14 pm

Actually, there’s a pretty good chance that the days of the super-wealthy corporate leaders will soon be over.

Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 4:20 pm

Really? So where are these over-achievers with altruistic values? Why have they not come forward for the benefit of all mankind?

Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 6:38 pm

So you actually believe that people are rich due to luck, and it has nothing to do with talent and or drive?

Reply to  scvblwxq
September 23, 2023 12:37 pm

Those multi- millionaires are the INVESTORS WITH LUCRATIVE, LONG- term tax shelters, living in the choicest places in the world.
They do not give a damn about GW.
They care only about NW, net worth!

Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 6:04 pm

Many of the billionaires, such as Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and others, have pledged to donate a large portion of their wealth to charities. Feel free to try to persuade them to donate to your global warming charity of your choice.

Reply to  wilpost
September 23, 2023 6:41 pm

As near as I can tell, you seem to feel that the only reason why investors make money is due to tax shelters.

That’s as stupid as a belief that eliminating fractional reserve banking will improve the economy.

Reply to  MarkW
September 23, 2023 8:00 pm

I knew somehow that you would be onto fractional banking , but not the version that actually exists.

Reply to  mrbluesky
September 24, 2023 2:28 am

Net zero is enshrined in law. the next step must be to repeal this law. The BBC would go mad with rage and probably implode

September 23, 2023 2:19 am

Its not what it seems, though.

Previously there was a total ban on ICE car sales in 2030 AND an obligation on manufacturers to sell 22% of their cars as EVs starting January 2024, and rising to 80% in 2030.

This obligation, enforced by draconian fines of (from memory) 15k per car over the quota, remains in effect. Its a trivial difference.

Oil boiler replacement is going to be allowed till 2030. But that affects only a couple of million households. Its good, but its a tweak.

Then there is the raised subsidy for heat pumps. When there will be no power to run the things, probably also no local grid capacity to hook them up. Just like there will be no power either nationally or locally to charge the EVs.

And also, there were the repeated commitments to Net Zero. Over and over again.

As Ben Pile says, this is not backing off Net Zero. This is an attempt to salvage it. Net Zero remains a policy of doubling the demand for electricity while making the supply unreliable and more expensive by moving it to mainly wind and a bit of solar in summer.

Its impossible to do, in the sense that the country cannot install enough wind to decarbonize its power generation. Well, intermittency makes that impossible no matter how much you install. All you can do is either produce blackouts or increase gas consumption. Or both!

And its pointless, in that it would have no effect on global emissions.

Perhaps the key aspect of the speech was what it did not say. It did not explain why they all are so desperate to do Net Zero. What’s the reason for it?

No-one knows. There is no reason. But all UK political classes, the Guardian, BBC and Sky are all furiously denouncing the slightest attempt to bring rational critical appraisal to the slightest detail of the current plans.

Read Ben Pile

Rod Evans
Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 2:34 am

Spot on Michael, you beat me to it.

Peta of Newark
Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 2:41 am

“”Net Zero remains a policy of doubling the demand for electricity

It’s much more/worse than that
(OK) This is ‘household dependant but the calculation goes thus:

  • Typical household now consumes 8kWh electricity per day
  • An EV, doing 10,000 miles per year in UK conditions, will require 10kWh per day average draw
  • A heat pump supplying 1kW constantly (enough to keep one (large-ish) room warm will require another 8kWh per day assuming it performs to claimed specification
  • Going from ‘gas cooking’ to electric will require another 3 or 4kWh per day
  • making sufficient hot water for cleaning, showering and laundry in a family household, when gas is taken away, will require another 3 or 4kWhper day

Tot all that lot up and typical household electricity usage goes from 8kWh per day to 33kWh per day.

Is it beyond belief that Chuckles was sent to France to ‘butter them up’ so as they don’t further reduce the flow through the interconnector
Previously that wire was bringing a nearly constant 4GW into the UK – it’s now averaging half of that.
While UK is now burning coal, running OCGT stations and has the ’emergency peak supply’ at Dinorwig (pumped hydro storage) supplying power just to get through he morning peak, let alone the 6 o’clock evening-time really really peak demand.

Holy Cow, summer was barely 3 weeks ago and we’re already running out of power – THAT is what’s prompted/pushed SnackSnack into what he’s done

Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 23, 2023 7:00 am

Don’t forget that Germany is now competing for imports of power following their stupid decision to close its last 3 nuclear power plants. It could have these and 6 more running.

Reply to  gezza1298
September 23, 2023 8:47 am

I would think that France should be making a lot of money off their nukes. Charge what the market will bear. After all, GB and Germany can afford expensive windmills, so why can’t they afford higher priced nuke power – without the loss of land, landscape, and avian life?

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Peta of Newark
September 23, 2023 8:01 am

I’ve just received in the post a leaflet from SP Energy Networks which is responsible for maintaining the grid in Central and Southern Scotland, Cheshire, Merseyside, North and Mid Wales and North Shropshire – 3.5m homes and businesses.

It’s called ‘Preparing for a power cut’ and is inviting me to log on and provide details of our household (just me and my better half). Should I be worried? 🙂

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 2:41 am

Agreed – but I have a slightly more positive view.

Sunak (and other non-eco loons) cannot simply announce and end to the lunacy.

Start with some sensible short term steps, really pi$$ off the opposition (brings some electoral advantage) and buy some time for further row-backs in a few years time…..


I agree following the renewable path to NZ is existential….

Reply to  Hysteria
September 23, 2023 3:48 am

Please don’t use that NZ abbreviation. We New Zealanders would object strongly.
It looks to me as if Rishi Sunak is too new in his job to risk upsetting that technically-illiterate KC3.

Rod Evans
Reply to  mikelowe2013
September 23, 2023 4:43 am

Yes we should avoid abbreviating then to NZ it is more appropriate to give them the more precise abbreviation ‘Netzees’. That covers the attitude of the movement as well as their policy ambitions.

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 3:41 am

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, we New Zealanders celebrate the onset of Spring by thanking you carbon dioxide-producers for enhancing our plant growth. Mind, with a General Election fast-approaching and with both main contestants still mad-enough to believe in this net-Zero craziness, we cannot be sure that more illogical and unsupportable legislation will not come to bite us!

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 5:01 am

“Its not what it seems, though.”

true, but it’s a start- a little bit at a time

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 11:34 am

“It did not explain why they all are so desperate to do Net Zero. What’s the reason for it?No-one knows. There is no reason.”

I beg to differ. There obviously must be a reason – it’s simply that THEY don’t tell us what it really is. There are, however, dozens of conjectures on the net as to its purpose…..

Reply to  alexei
September 23, 2023 6:17 pm

It’s all about control of the masses.

September 23, 2023 2:28 am

King Charles III is attempting a revival of King Edward VII’s Entente Cordiale, speaking perfect French at the Paris Senate. Looks like Charles is running foreign poliy, as did Edward.
And by 1914 the result was for all to see.
Have Macron and Sunak any idea of what is going on?

Curious George
Reply to  bonbon
September 23, 2023 7:34 am

I am not familiar with British subtleties. Is the (polite) choice of a language more important than the choice of words?

Smart Rock
Reply to  bonbon
September 23, 2023 8:35 am

I wouldn’t read too much into Charles speaking French in France. It’s been a traditional requirement for the royals, despite periodic infusions of Dutch, German and Scots into their gene pool. It goes back to the Norman conquest of England 957 years ago, after which a French-speaking aristocracy ruled over a predominantly Anglo-Saxon population for centuries before the gradual fusion of the languages led to what became English. Also, until the 20th century, French was the “lingua franca” – the common language of European diplomacy, and speaking it well was important for the rulers of a nation seeking seeking international power and influence.

I recall in 1973, when Queenie addressed the Canadian parliament, my francophone colleagues expressing their surprise at how perfectly she spoke (Parisian) French.

September 23, 2023 2:31 am


Beg to differ with your final sentence.

Judging by the absolutely furious reaction from the rent-seekers and bein pensant commentariat, it was a well timed rolling of the proverbial hand grenade under the door. Perhaps Rishi has a spine and a pair of you-know-whats after all!.

The explosion in the British press has been monumental, showing just how sensitive and insecure the alarmist community really is. A dam burst starts with just a small dribble. Being optimistic, I’d like to think this is a very crafty way to get the public onside with the impracticality and coming economic catastrophe of Net Zero if allowed to run unchecked.

It also paves the way for a welcome and vigorous debate during the forthcoming general election campaign and, hopefully, a split in the Conservative party to weed out all those closet LibDems who became MPs in Cameron’s ill-considered change to the candidate selection process.


Reply to  JohnT
September 23, 2023 2:42 am

Absolutely agree….this could be the first step in a very strategic long game….

Reply to  JohnT
September 23, 2023 5:28 am

a welcome and vigorous debate “

I, for one, would welcome that. However, debates are micro managed these days and I see no danger of any counter-narrative ideas being given the time of day.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  JohnT
September 23, 2023 8:55 am

“The explosion in the British press has been monumental, showing just how sensitive and insecure the alarmist community really is. A dam burst starts with just a small dribble.”


If the British media becomes this hyperventilated over a pushback against NutZero, image what kind of reaction we would receive from them if someone in high office on either side of the pond pushes back against climate alarmism and the idea of a climate emergency with the disconfirming science.
The explosion and shock effect would be so fun to watch.

The reaction would probably be equally explosive here in North America — and equally fun to watch. Presently though, only one presidential candidate, Republican Vivek Ramaswamy, understands the phoniness of the climate scare. None of the others appear to be much of threat to it, and Ramaswamy is probably not going to be the Republican nominee.

As you said though John, a dam burst starts with a small dribble. We can all wait and see how bad the leak eventually gets.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
September 23, 2023 10:23 am

image what kind of reaction we would receive from them if someone in high office on either side of the pond pushes back against climate alarmism

Trump. Though even his push backs were tepid. He did promote the production of oil and gas.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  MarkW
September 23, 2023 11:56 am


If he wins a second term next year, I will very much look forward to seeing him push back (and I mean push back hard) against climate alarmism much more than in his first term.

Promoting more domestic fossil fuel production is all and good and I applaud that. But it is only half the job when Democrats and climate activists use alarmism to demonize and try to shut down fossil fuel production.

Rod Evans
September 23, 2023 2:31 am

The so called backtracking on the Green agenda by Sunak should not be described as anything more than a gesture.
The fact remains, he is still a WEF disciple as is Charles Windsor AKA King Charles as is Macron.
The Great Reset promoted by KC is still going through as scheduled. The only change to the ICE car ban in 2030 being pushed back to fall in line with the EU instruction of 2035 is miniscule. The policy being advanced still demands an 80% target of all new vehicles in UK be battery powered by 2030. down from 100%
That is about as insignificant a change anyone could ever make and claim it to be significant.
The other minor changes are simply acceptance that it ain’t going to happen in the timescales pencilled in for the Great Reset.
We normally describe this kind of media grabbing politics by a floundering PM as ‘a damp squib’

Reply to  Rod Evans
September 23, 2023 2:44 am

The incandescence in the MSM suggests to me that the damp-squib is seen as the start of a slow-burn fuse ….

Reply to  Hysteria
September 23, 2023 3:20 am

Yes, that is probably what is motivating it. The ferocity of the reaction, compared to the very minor changes he is making, was very striking. Its what Charcot and Breuer defined as hysteria: emotion out of proportion to its object.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 8:17 am

Perhaps the hysteria is because deep within themselves the hysterics know the whole net zero thing is really a house of cards waiting to collapse and ruin their lucrative income.

Reply to  Rod Evans
September 23, 2023 3:15 am

Yes, you and I appear to be the only ones who have noticed the 80% condition! It makes a nonsense of the whole thing!

Hysteria and JohnT may be partly right however. It could be a deliberate first step in opening up the debate. One would like to think so. And even if not, once some kind of rational debate about Net Zero starts to happen, with discussion of costs and objectives and a demand for detailed implementation plans and feasibility studies, it could snowball in the way these things do.

That I think is what the furore in the press and broadcasters is about, a fear that once a normal policy discussion starts about costs and benefits, the whole thing will come to bits. It is possible. Sunak is right, there has been no discussion of why the country is doing Net Zero, or about what it will take in specific detail to make it work or what it will cost.

We had an example of the possible process in Scotland. You had the Scottish Parliament voting quite cheerfully for self declaration of gender without all that much thought other than vague generalities and virtue signalling. However, as soon as it turned out that this meant sending male rapists to womens prisons because they claimed to be really women in the wrong body, the whole thing unravelled and Sturgeon suddenly realized the attractions of spending more time with her constituency. It could happen in this case as the implications dawn on everyone and this could be an outcome of Sunak’s intervention. Lets hope so.

But I think cars are probably a lost cause at this point. The cost to the industry of a U-turn on cars would be huge. The most likely outcome is that the restriction stays in effect, EV fleet sales will continue to thrive because of the tax concession, but that private buyers will stock up on ICE in the years up to 2030 and EV sales to them will fall further. They have already fallen quite a bit year on year. At the moment most personal sales are probably to rich buyers for second cars. But as the percentage restrictions increase, this will have to change if the market is to hold up. Which I do not think it will.

The refusal of personal buyers to buy EVs will lead to a glut of used fleet EVs on the used market, and at some point this has to result in real financial pain somewhere in the supply chain. You’ll have 40-50K EVs coming off the fleet market at three years old in volume, no private buyers wanting them, prices falling through the floor, below 10K, maybe well below. Who is going to pick up the fleet buyers losses?

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 4:04 am

I suspect that many of those early-EV-adopters will soon be regretting their earlier purchases. Not long now before used EVs reach a resale value of NIL, with no would-be purchaser prepared to pay good money for the vehicle and then a very high extra-cost for a replacement battery. And which company would be prepared for a follow-up EV purchase knowing that there will be no trade-in value at all? At the same time, those with lower-mileage ICE vehicles will retain rather than sell them, further reducing the available supply. Until, that is, the date for selling new ICE cars is reached at which date I might be persuaded to sell my excellent 15-year-old Nissan X-Trail for a high price!

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 4:32 am

Agree the 80% omission is notable, but in terms of the overall radical departure from the status quo, its a detail that’ll get sorted out once the depth of public outrage ramps up (probably in the general election campaign) to the point where it punctures the Westminster bubble and the politicos can no longer go on ignoring the mood of the people (or the wisdom of the crowd).

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 10:01 am

The cost to the industry of a U-turn on cars would be huge.

The cost of continuing to build cars that nobody wants is much, much larger.

Reply to  MarkW
September 23, 2023 10:06 am

Manufacturers might be able to sue the government if the government requires manufacturers to abandon a profitable product line and start building something else, then abruptly drops the mandate.

Dave Fair
Reply to  MarkW
September 23, 2023 11:01 am

The government has to agree to let you sue it.

Reply to  michel
September 23, 2023 10:33 am

Bloomberg analysts estimate the cost to be $US 200 Trillion or $1 million per household in the developed countries spread over 30 years.

Bryan A
Reply to  scvblwxq
September 23, 2023 11:15 am

World goes broke as Millionaires/Billionaires relocate to a new country of their own making and refuse to create wealth for the rest of the world.

David Dibbell
Reply to  Rod Evans
September 23, 2023 3:34 am

Yes. The entire program of Net Zero “climate” nonsense is not just a leaky bucket that needs a few patches to hold water with the public. It is the Titanic.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Rod Evans
September 23, 2023 8:12 am

Well they may find that there is no market in the UK for their EVs. A survey of 15,000 drivers by the Automobile Association (AA) in Feb 2023 found 18% planned to buy an EV next, down from 25% in 2022

Dave Fair
Reply to  Dave Andrews
September 23, 2023 11:07 am

“Planned” and “thinking about it” are two different things.

September 23, 2023 2:45 am

The King declaring an existential challenge is more worrying….

Krishna Gans
Reply to  Hysteria
September 23, 2023 3:50 am

Where are the Kings clothes ?

Reply to  Krishna Gans
September 23, 2023 4:34 am

Turnbull & Asser etc Jermyn Street etc

Bryan A
Reply to  Krishna Gans
September 23, 2023 8:27 pm

Busy being mended with Unicorn Tail Hair and dry cleaned with Proxy Dust

Rod Evans
Reply to  Hysteria
September 23, 2023 4:51 am

His last declaration of an existential threat to humanity back in 2009, when he declared we have just 96 months to save the world wasn’t very accurate either.
That deadline came and went in 2017 and none of the MSM decided to celebrate the fact we dodged that existential bullet he was so certain existed.
The guy talks to the trees remember so maybe he considers the lack of resistance from the Oaks and Ash in the great park at Windsor sufficient endorsement for his imaginings…..

September 23, 2023 3:51 am

furious voters, many of whom are counting the minutes until they can throw (t)his incompetent administration out of office.”
Yep, just so that they can have one that’s far worse. The choice at the next election basically boils down to a choice between a bad government and a very bad government.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  CampsieFellow
September 23, 2023 5:10 am

well, sometimes when times get tough new leadership arises- we can hope for that

September 23, 2023 4:09 am

Net Zero Retreat?  Kicking The Can Down The Road

Perhaps we can dub Rishi as Sunak the Cunctator. He’s arguably doing his best to rescue the Net Zero project in the face of mounting opposition as the costs and implications hove into view.

Sunak delays it a bit just about sums it up. That’s single political cycle thinking. Charles isn’t going to shut up, either:

“He also proposed a new “entente for sustainability”, saying France and the UK should strive together to protect the world from the climate crisis. “

…so it becomes an entente for sustainability to tackle more efficiently the global urgency in terms of climate and diversity”

The elites across the board had kittens at this news, in fact they still are. And fresh off the presses we have…

“A climate scientist on how to recognize the new climate change denial
Delay, deflect, downplay…”

Who is the climate scientist? You know who it is…

Reply to  strativarius
September 23, 2023 4:15 am

Watch out for the legal challenges. They will come….

Reply to  strativarius
September 23, 2023 4:35 am

Absolutely, that’s the way politics is done these days. But it creates an interesting and welcome tension in the public discourse.

September 23, 2023 4:13 am

Not that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s timid retreat could really be described as a revolution – more likely a desperate attempt to bring false hope to furious voters, many of whom are counting the minutes until they can throw his incompetent administration out of office.

From what I can see all roads lead to Labour. A vote for the Tories leads to a Labour victory, a vote for Reform UK – the only party I’d consider rational at this point – leads to a Labour victory, and of course, a vote for Labour leads to a Labour victory. Buckle up ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a hellish eight years.

Reply to  PariahDog
September 23, 2023 4:20 am

Starmer is doing his level best to shoot himself in the foot….

“Starmer put himself forward as the man to take back control of the illegal-migration crisis on Britain’s southern coast. His plan would involve accepting a quota of migrants from the EU. As Fraser Myers pointed out on spiked , since no UK government has ever accepted such a quota before, this would mean Britain ceding even more control of our borders to Brussels than when we were a member of the bloc. It would also mean the UK bending the knee to the Eurocracy rather more deeply than existing EU members, such as Hungary and Poland, who have refused to accept Brussels’ new migrant-quota scheme (which goes under the typically Orwellian-sounding title of ‘compulsory solidarity’).”

Dave Andrews
Reply to  strativarius
September 23, 2023 8:34 am

If he keeps Miliband on he will be shooting himself in both feet. There is no way that the UK will be producing all its electricity from unreliables by 2030 and they will be forced to kick that particular can a long way down the road. Wait for the hysterics then!

September 23, 2023 4:30 am

Nah It’s grubby politics. The Conservative Party know thatNet Zero isunpopular so they are looking to the next election . The idiot whose lentil fed flatulent buttocks sit on the throne – formerly known as Prince and whose head is so far up Klaus Schwab,s butt that all he can see is Al Gore’s boots needs reigning in before he emulates Charles I

September 23, 2023 4:59 am

Charles said he would stay out of politics. Everyone knew he couldn’t. It didn’t take long.

Reply to  Mike Jonas
September 23, 2023 5:47 am

That’s why he’s dubbed “The Black Spider”

Reply to  Mike Jonas
September 23, 2023 10:18 am

Socialists tend to consider their positions to be the non-political position.
It’s always those who are opposing them who are engaging in politics.

After all, how can saving the planet be “political”?

September 23, 2023 5:24 am

Michael Mann sums it up in two words

climate delayism”

general custer
September 23, 2023 5:37 am

This is bad news. The inconsequential United Kingdom with its little population of 68 million is a perfect laboratory for misguided scientism in the service of politics. If they were to approach the non-problem with a genuine effort its subsequent inevitable failure could be noted by the rest of the world and economic catastrophe averted.

Sadly, tradition has been sabotaged by the crowning of Charles III, a Euro-elite Hanoverian. His predecessor, Charles II, was an admirable true Englishman, a Stuart, who led an exciting and romantic life in the most troubled of times, surviving the homicidal wrath of the satanic Cromwell and going on to be one of the founders of the Royal Society, one of the first institutions devoted to true science.

Reply to  general custer
September 23, 2023 5:45 am

The inconsequential United Kingdom “

A bit like Rome, then.

Sadly, tradition has also been sabotaged by the woking of the United States.

Reply to  general custer
September 23, 2023 3:05 pm

And Charles I Cromwell set the expectation bloody behave yourself or else
Time we got him back

general custer
Reply to  HB
September 23, 2023 4:24 pm

Cromwell was such a beloved figure in the UK that his head was displayed on a pike for eighteen years after he was disinterred.

PA Dutchman
September 23, 2023 6:11 am

The man who would be King, a climate champion, pfffft. He and his entourage will easily produce more CO2 on this vacation than I and my family will this entire year but the plants do appreciate it.

I personally think he is better suited to be Camilla’s undergarments (I believe that was once reported that he desired that).

September 23, 2023 7:35 am

From the above article:
“The monarch spoke of the close friendship between the UK and France but focused on tackling climate change, calling for a new ‘entente cordiale’ specifically to ‘tackle the global climate and biodiversity emergency’.”

Any elitist monarch that would use the term “entente cordiale”* in a public speech is so far out of touch with the common man as to be from another planet. IOW, this king has no clothes.

Besides, if there is a “global climate and biodiversity emergency”, where are the sirens?

*NB: the term “Entente Cordiale” dates back to 1904, pre-WW1. It figures that it would be in Charles’ vernacular.

September 23, 2023 7:36 am

Just like all the failed CC predictions these NetZero dictates will either be ignored or move to future date. Reality strikes again. “…consent of the British people…” or more plainly said “vote” will rule when lifestyle deteriorates.

Steve Case
September 23, 2023 7:48 am

 ..furious voters, many of whom are counting the minutes until they can throw his incompetent administration out of office.”


Charles needs to follow is mother’s example of staying out of politics, or he might find out that removing reigning monarchs is a bit more messy than a simple vote count. He needs to keep his unelected/royal mouth shut. Of course, that’s not going to happen.

September 23, 2023 8:54 am

Umm, “…throw his incompetent administration out…” and replace it with what?

John the Econ
September 23, 2023 9:20 am

“The Climate Crisis” is just an imaginary distraction from the epic failure that Progressivism has been over the last half century.

Reply to  John the Econ
September 23, 2023 10:51 am

The Conservatives won’t stand up and say that “The Climate Crisis” is completely wrong with facts to back up their position.

John the Econ
Reply to  scvblwxq
September 23, 2023 1:23 pm

As far as I can tell, Britain hasn’t had conservatives for at least 30 years.

September 23, 2023 9:31 am

Well, good for them. They’ve delayed turning themselves into a Third World backwater until 2035. That gives the winners 12 years to flee before the losers demolish themselves.

September 23, 2023 9:31 am

I thought the royals were supposed to avoid politics?

Reply to  MarkW
September 23, 2023 11:41 am

They always define what THEY want to talk about as NON-political. QED!

September 23, 2023 9:47 am

Sunak has no electoral mandate as PM. He has no policy successes to bolster his position. He is out-classed by the Leader of the Opposition so badly that he shut up Parliament 4 days early just to avoid PMQs – his weekly humiliation.
His position is weak and dependant on the hope that Tory MPs think that they have no-one better.
So, his only priority is holding onto power. It’s the limits of any practical ambition.
That means holding the fragmented wings of the Conservative Party together. Which, in fairness, he is doing very well.
But the price of that juggling act is a complete lack of integrity.
He sacked his Home Secretary as a security risk and then let her back in the job just one week later.
He talks of Global Britain and trade deals with India (the party wing which he has supported since before Brexit) but then speaks out against immigrants to appease the nativist wing.
Now he speaks of delaying the ban on ICE vehicles (in line with France, BTW, where HRH CR III has been).  But he is still 100% committed to NetZero and adding more windfarms to the grid.
It’s incoherent. It’s embarrassing. But it’s the only way to stop the Tory Party splitting apart.

Frankly, I think he should put country before party, kick out those he doesn’t agree with and call a general election on his own policies to get that mandate.

Steve Richards
September 23, 2023 9:50 am

Re timing:

Sunak was bounced into announcing his change of heart due to politics.

He change of heart was leaked by a senior civil servant (deepstate) to the Times newspaper and they ran an opposite story of Sunak is about to reconfirm his/our! commitment to Net zero!!

The BBC then ran that story following the times.

Before it got out of control, he had to get his story out even though there were climate meeting on all around the world and KC was in France.

September 23, 2023 11:47 am

I cannot help but imagine Mahatma Gandhi smiling upon seeing that picture of King Charles and PM Sunak side by side.

Reply to  Giving_Cat
September 23, 2023 8:05 pm

Ghandi trained as a English barrister and was told that facts are only 3/4 of the law

Thats been well learned by climate scientists- the actual facts are 3/4 , climate activists go even lower – under half does fine

September 23, 2023 11:48 am

Of course, the mandates for increasing percentage of vehicle sales (with £15000 fine for each EV car sold less than the mandate – obviously to be passed on to the customer) remain in place [22% in 2024 rising to 80% in 2029 – and I guess now also in 2030 to 2034]. No change, then, in the position until 2030 when 20% of ICE cars will be allowed to be sold.

Since manufacturers will have to cover the fines – which will be extensive given resistance to purchase of EVs – ICE vehicles will become prohibitively expensive to most. Politicians will the say it is nothing to do with them, it is just greedy manufacturers!

September 23, 2023 12:06 pm

Boris Johnson messed up by joining in on climate alarmism.

It may sadly be necessary for the Conservatives to fall and Labor to rise to power and proceed to implement NetZero policies.

Then, when the inevitable destruction of the UK follows, with most of the world going merrily along spewing carbon while enjoying prosperity, the Conservatives can arise and run on climate sanity as a platform.

Sometimes, it seems reality must deliver a 2 by 4 to the head to knock sense into an electorate.

Edward Katz
September 23, 2023 2:07 pm

I thought France has long been taking climate action by generating most of its electricity with nuclear energy. I guess Charles figures the country doesn’t have enough EVs on the road to make up for Britain’s shortfall.

September 23, 2023 2:29 pm

We are seeing movement, that’s a good thing. King Charles is pathetic.

Bryan A
Reply to  Bob
September 23, 2023 11:13 pm

Charles is Im-Potant

September 23, 2023 2:40 pm

A guy called Cromwell many years ago fixed this problem.
Do we need to get him back ?

September 23, 2023 6:44 pm

It’s long past time to demand the STOP OIL, nut zero and the other climate catastrophists to follow their convictions. If they want a world without oil and net zero carbon they must ‘de-carbonize” themselves, as an example to the rest of us. Ask them if they drive and ice vehicle or ride in ones. If so, why haven’t they stopped doing that. Do they own a smart phone? Plenty of fossil fuel went into that. Stop using it. Do they own any plastics? Out with them. No plastic if you want to STOP OIL.  Do you own anything from China? The biggest CO2 producer on the planet. Get rid of it. We also need to label them correctly. They are bullies. They want to force everyone else to do what they won’t do. We need people to attend all these climate meetings and confront them with their hypocrisy.

September 24, 2023 1:13 am

Don’t fall for it. 😄 It’s no climb down at all. 🤣

Crafted to look like a rowing back on Net-Zero, while only cancelling a few nonsenses, most of which hadn’t been announced yet anyway, like the seven bins fallacy. 🙄

Having the Green mob react to it as they do just keeps the media occupied and fools a few more into thinking he has done something significant, which he hasn’t.

Net Zero nonsense remains locked in, to the overall committment and timetable being followed by other adherents like the EU.

Pat from Kerbob
September 24, 2023 5:48 am

Not sure why the slagging is Sunak, finally the beginning of a little common sense, compared to your Labour loons.

All beginnings are good

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