Azara Blog: Another pointless report by MPs on carbon

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Date published: 2010/03/29

The BBC says:

The government must act faster if the UK is to fully benefit from low carbon technology, a report by MPs has warned.

The Energy and Climate Change Committee said in 2008 there were 881,000 green sector jobs - but with extra funding that could rise by 44% by 2015.

But it criticised slow uptake of carbon capture systems, electric cars and home insulation, calling on the government to invest more in the technologies.
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Committee acting chairman Paddy Tipping MP said: "Investment in low carbon technologies must be seen as key to economic recovery.

"These technologies have the potential to reduce the carbon intensity at every stage of the energy supply chain, resulting in lower emissions, many new jobs and growth for the economy."

Yet another pointless report by yet another pointless committee of MPs. Surprise, the conclusion is always that the government "must act", although there is never any indication that anything the government has ever done has ever helped in any area of technology, except to get in the way.

Unfortunately this report strays beyond the pointless and ends up in the realm of the silly with that last claim: "These technologies have the potential to reduce the carbon intensity at every stage of the energy supply chain, resulting in lower emissions, many new jobs and growth for the economy."

Countries with lower carbon intensity in general have higher (per capita) emissions than countries with higher carbon intensity, not the other way around. Although reducing carbon intensity means that a given task can be done with less energy / emissions / money, it then means that more can be spent on other goods and services.

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