The reason why Tata steel is cutting 1,500 jobs from its UK operations could not be clearer. According to this report, Karl-Ulrich Köhler, head of European operations for Tata, said:

“EU carbon legislation threatens to impose huge additional costs on the steel industry. Besides, there remains a great deal of uncertainty about the level of further unilateral carbon cost rises the UK Government is planning. These measures risk undermining our competitiveness and we must make ourselves stronger in preparation for them.”

In other words, lunatic EU greenie policies combined with dead-man-walking Chris Huhne’s newly-adopted turning of the screw (scroll down to the David Rose comment piece) – proudly putting the UK in the world lead as adopter-in-chief of suicidal eco-economic policies – are forcing lifeblood manufacturing industries out of the UK.

Surprise, surprise, the BBC’s reports on the job losses here and here barely mention this. When a union chief or Labour MP slams government policy for being Thatcherite or “Tory cuts”, the subs at the BBC routinely salivate and make it headline news. But because in this case Labour MP Nick Dakin dares to attack the BBC’s revered carbon taxes, it’s not emphasised or played up at all.

The headline I would have written for the story would have been “Carbon taxes lead to major job losses, says steel boss”. Never in a month of Sundays on the BBC.

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19 Responses to MISSING CO2

  1. john in cheshire says:

    Robin, Mr Huhne may  be the mouthpiece and facilitator for the catastrophic green legislation but surely he’s not that bright that he can be pressing the case alone. Who does Mr Huhne take his advice from; who helps him to form his views and formulate his policies? Who are the people who are knowingly working Mr Huhne for their own bizarre worldviews? None of this is to imply that I wish Mr Huhne well or that he should not be removed from office and if possible, imprisoned.


  2. Natsman says:

    When Huhne slides off into political obscurity, which he inevitably wiill, the Former UK will still be up to it’s neck in debt and promisory notes to the EU to pointlessly cut it’s CO2 output.  This lunacy will run and run, because, even if they wanted to stop it, they couldn’t – it’s gone too far.  The more they foist upon the poor (unsuspecting??) public, the more the public laps it up.  Yes, they grumble, but they continue spending, they continue in their little cocooned world, and will do until the lights go out.


  3. John Horne Tooke says:

    What a refreshing article by David Rose. Shame it was not on the front page where it should be.

    Did Ed Milliband really say on “..the science of man-made global warming is ‘settled’..”?

    “Good scientists detest that phrase, pointing out that science is never ‘settled’ but rather an ongoing process of testing, refinement and rethinking.”

    If he did I do not remember the BBC reporting it.


    • Craig says:

      JTH, here’s the report from the Times of Ed Miliband saying just that:  
      “We have to beware of climate saboteurs, the people who want to say that this is in doubt and want to cast aspersions on the whole process. The science is clear and settled.”  
      He was echoing his then boss, Gordon Brown, who a few days earlier had said:  
      “With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn’t be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. We know the science. We know what we must do.”  
      At the time John Humphrys did the unexpected (for the BBC) and actually challenged the arrogant and presumptuous Miliband about this. Humphrys himself, however, misrepresented sceptics in one of his questions asserting that the dissenting scientists “are not climatologists”:  


      • Grant says:

        Can someone remind me of Ed’s qualifications in science ?


        • Grant says:

          And Gordon the Moron, for that matter ?  Ignorance has never prevented puffed up nonentities like them having an opinion on anything.


          • cjhartnett says:

            Utterly correct Grant.
            You`d be hard pressed to get any competences in anything-arts, sciences,education from this lot.
            They seem to have only done PPE at Oxbridge and been daddys boys. Having carried Barbara Castles handbag or pressed Tariq Alis trousers in 68 seems to be enough…as well as a willingness to stuff envelopes and lick envelopes for the Party.
            Moving these toxic dumps from department to department before the damege that they do is permanent( as opposed to generational,which is accepted by the political classes) seems to be the game we`re paying to watch as spectators-and pay for!
            These muppets are the self same types that mock the rapture zealots on their bulletins-as if their “chicken licken” stuff re global warming is not equally asinin…God forbid!
            A microchipped,brown plastic(`cos its week 2!) dustbin of history for these recycled third raters!


        • John Horne Tooke says:

          ” Even the Chinese questioned Ed Miliband over his “qualifications” to lecture them on climate change, his response was that as a politician, he was in effect, charged with selling the concept.”

          Then he is a salesman and a salesman must believe in the product.

          “Those are my principles.  If you don’t like them, I have others.”
          Groucho Marx


      • Millie Tant says:

        Without knowing that he’d said it, I would have bet good money that he’d said it. You could just tell that he would. He only speaks in cliches so it’s not that hard to work it out. He is a man who could make even Gordon Brown seem a sparkling personality and speaker.


      • My Site (click to edit) says:

        He was echoing his then boss, Gordon Brown,’

        This was a ‘tipping point’ for me, a greenie (albeit one who requires the numbers to add up before I’ll allow anyone to claim a project is for my kids’ futures), where I saw the grotesque McCarthy mindset inherent in these statements as much more dangerous to our future now than any possible effects of (A)GW at some future point.

        Sadly, they, and those like them following, have a £4Bpa uniquely-funded broadcast propaganda echo chamber in full slavish support, free of any attempt at balance or scientific rigour.


  4. Peter Parker says:

    In addition to avoiding Huhne’s CO2 taxes I suspect there’s another incentive for Tata to close the plant – as detailed here:


    They will make a fortune selling their surplus ETS carbon permits for the steel they’re no longer going to produce.

    Also by moving the plant and jobs to India they can claim additional credits under the UN’Clean Development Mechanism’.

    So yes – we’re paying these [email protected] TWICE to move jobs to India.


  5. Natsman says:

    Doesn’t “Choo-choo” Pachauri have some underhand and vested interest in Tata?


  6. Katabasis says:

    Sheffield Forgemaster’s can’t be far behind.

    I attended a discussion on “climate change” at Sheffield University with a number of academics promoting the alarmist line (and that “green jobs” will save us….). Also present was a representative from Sheffield Forgemasters. He said that the proposed “green taxes” on energy will completely wipe out Forgemaster’s profits by 2020.


  7. cjhartnett says:

    Huhne, Clegg-all these horny handed sons of toil could not have been better chosen,had we asked the Chinese what their dream team for screwing up what little competition thay might get from this landfill site Blair and Brown bequeathed us!
    That either of these twerps have any say in anything apart from examining the Guardians carbon footprint from beneath it on a park bench says much about how low we`e gone as a country.
    Christopher Booker for Energy Secretary-whilst we`ve got some time left!


  8. DP111 says:

    It was all about raising huge amount of taxes using the AGW/CO2 scam, and then throwing money around the world.  This scam has been well and truly outed, but our politicians cannot get out, as they are hooked on raising taxes, come what may. The result will be mass de-industrialisation of Europe, fall in living standards, and ironically, less for the treasury.  

    Nothing short of a revolution will bring about a  change, as our politicians are immune to reason. 


    • Grant says:

      It is a gift to the emerging economies. They must be laughing their way to the bank and good luck to them ! 


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