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CCNet – 16 May 2011

The Climate Policy Network

Former Cabinet Secretary Questions Blind Faith In Climate Alarmism

Lord Turnbull, the former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service (2002 – 2005), has called on MPs and ministers to consider more carefully the rising costs and economic risks of Britain’s unilateral climate policies. In a dispassionate but devastating critique of current policies, Andrew Turnbull also criticises the blind faith in the propositions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) given that they do not bear the weight of certainty with which they are often expressed. --The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 16 May 2011

Ministers would be well advised not to place such heavy bets on just one rather alarmist source of advice. Vince Cable was right to point out the serious threat the UK's unilateral climate targets pose to British business and the economy, particularly at a time of considerable economic fragility. --The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 16 May 2011

Climate change policies proposed by a Westminster committee would harm UK companies, a leading manufacturers’ group will claim today. International competitiveness and investment prospects for British businesses would take a severe knock if the government adopts the plans, it said. --Julian Harris, City A.M. 16 May 2011

David Cameron has moved to resolve a Cabinet row over the UK's climate change targets, with an agreement on emissions to be announced on Tuesday. But ministers worried about the impact on the economy and burdens on industry have secured a get-out clause. The targets will be reviewed if European nations backslide on their own climate commitments. --Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 16 May 2011

 Energy prices could more than double over the next decade, a Welsh economist has warned. Professor Brian Morgan said the increasing cost of energy was likely to continue as the cost of tackling climate change – such as the higher price of renewables – influenced prices. “These are not short-term supply side shocks. These are related to long-term issues to do with moving to more costly to produce energy, to do with efforts to tackle climate change. “I would say over the next 10 years or so there’s going to be a massive increase in energy prices. People should be factoring that in. --Claire Miller, Wales, Online, 13 May 2011  

1) Former Cabinet Secretary Questions Blind Faith In Climate Alarmism -- The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 16 May 2011

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About the author

Andrew Turnbull was Permanent Secretary, Environment Department, 1994-98; Permanent Secretary to the Treasury 1998-2002, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service 2002-05. He is now a crossbench member of the House of Lords and a Trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

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2) UK Climate Policy Threatens UK Manufacturing -- City A.M. 16 May 2011

3) Get-Out Clause: UK Climate Targets Conditional On International Commitments -- BBC News, 16 May 2011

4 ) Green Poverty: Energy Prices 'To Rise 25%' In Coming Months -- UK Net News, 14 May 2011

5) UK's Climate Policy May Double Energy Prices By 2020 -- Wales, Online, 13 May 2011