As soon as I saw the headline for this, I knew which think tank it would be.
Sure enough it was the good old socialist IPPR.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says the target of reducing CO2 emissions from the power sector and heavy industry of 21 per cent by 2020 is threatened by plans for new coal plants.
Well, excuse me - but the prospect of meeting our energy requirements from renewables without nuclear is zero and unless that energy comes from somewhere the potential for ruining our economy is a far bigger threat than that offered to cutting our negligible emissions of an atmospheric trace gas which is necessary for life on earth to exist.
And the idea that we should use some of that precious energy to capture that trace gas and bury it somewhere through CCS is simply ludicrous. Energy is going to cost enough as it is without spending more on wasting it.
One shouldn't be surprised that this is the work of the IPPR. After all, they are the group who published the manual (pdf file) on how to promote the flawed global warming hypothesis as real.
To help address the chaotic nature of the climate change discourse in the UK today, interested agencies now need to treat the argument as having been won, at least for popular communications. This means simply behaving as if climate change exists and is real, and that individual actions are effective. The 'facts’ need to be treated as being so taken-for-granted that they need not be spoken. (My emphasis)
Never mind the fact that there has been no warming for 10 years and that the whole global warming theory now has more holes in it than a Gateshead salt shaker (before the clamp down), this bunch of loony lefties want us to stop building the only things that will prevent our economy going into meltdown inside of a decade or two. If you think things are bad now, wait until there isn't enough power to run our industries and businesses let alone our homes!
Without coal-fired power plants you can wave goodbye to your computer, the Internet, 24 hour media, ATM machines and, quite probably, your job. At least the candlemakers will do alright out of it though.
It reminds me of that famous Sun headline just before the 1992 election. "If Kinnock wins today, will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights".
Well, the socialists lost that one but won five years later and it looks like the Sun will get it's wish. The lights will go out all over Britain. I don't think they were ever on at the IPPR.