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Date published: 2009/01/22

The BBC says:

Energy experts are meeting to generate new ideas for the "greening" of heating, which produces 47% of the UK's CO2 emissions.

Heating, the Cinderella of the energy debate, consumes 49% of final energy in the UK but attracts a tiny fraction of the publicity afforded to electricity generation and transport.

What a surprise. The academic middle class who run Britain are hysterical mainly about transport. Of course they claim that if you do naive extrapolations of air transport forty years into the future (in particular assume that air travel will alway use fossil fuels) and if you assume that the UK will actually meet the target of cutting overall emissions by 80% by 2050 (ignoring that the calculation is bogus because a large chunk of UK emissions are "off balance sheet"), then hey presto, air transport will account for a huge fraction of emissions in 2050. But the real problem that the academic middle class have with the two modes of transport, cars and aviation, that they are always hysterical about, is that they don't like the ordinary people of Britain having that kind of mobility. Meanwhile the real issues of the day are ignored. The BBC, unfortunately, is one of the worst offenders. One anodyne article does not make a difference.

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