A Warning To The Pope: Rising Green Energy Taxes To Hit Poorest Hardest

cartoon gas billRising green levies on energy bills risk causing a public backlash that will undermine efforts to tackle climate change, a leading left-wing think tank has warned. Subsidies to fund green electricity projects such as wind and solar farms are paid for through levies on consumer energy bills. Joss Garman, associate director of the IPPR think tank, said: “The government’s plan to hike up green levies on energy bills risks causing a public backlash against action to address climate change, especially because they hit the poorest households hardest.” –Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph, 17 June 2015

Government policies intended to reduce carbon dioxide are directly harming the poor in both the developing and developed world, according to a report released by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Energy sources that are not based on fossil fuels are making both power and food more expensive, the report argues. While the affluent remain relatively unaffected, the poor are bearing the brunt of rising prices. The report, entitled Climate Policy and the Poor, was the written by Professor Anthony Kelly, who died on Tuesday. Kelly, who was widely regarded as the father of composite materials in the UK, points to two major ways government policy is harming the poor in the UK and overseas. –Guy Bentley, City A.M. 6 June 2014

On the eve of a forthcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment and climate change, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. Catholics’ views on global warming are broadly reflective of American public opinion writ large. About seven-in-ten U.S. Catholics (71%) believe the planet is getting warmer. Nearly half of Catholic adults (47%) attribute global warming to human causes, and a similar share (48%) view it as a very serious problem. However, analysis of the survey findings shows that political party identification and race/ethnicity are much better predictors of environmental attitudes than are religious identity or observance. —Pew Research Center, 16 June 2015

Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change should not be treated as official Catholic doctrine binding on all Catholics, but rather a personal position of the Pope, according to Father James Grant, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Many will see the Pope’s encyclical as the official position of the Church on the area of climate change. This is simply not the case,” says Father James. “In Catholic doctrine, it is completely acceptable for Catholics to disagree with the opinions of the Pope in an encyclical. So while the encyclical will hold significant weight in the Catholic community, there is nothing new in the debate regarding encyclicals. Catholics can feel safe in being sceptical about the Pope’s opinions,” says Father James. —Institute of Public Affairs, 16 June 2015

Europe’s car manufacturers and European Union officials are locked on opposing sides as the carmakers would gladly see lax emissions rules as opposed to the governments which want greenhouse emission to go down as fast as possible. The automakers believe even tighter CO2 rules would definitely impact their global competitiveness. –Aurel Niculescu, Inauto News, 16 June 2015

Fracking offers Scotland the chance of a secure energy supply no more harmful to the environment than conventional gas production, according to a new study. The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s advice paper on “options for Scotland’s gas future” finds that “onshore production of unconventional gas” — or fracking — could offer the country security of supply without “significant risk” to health, wellbeing or safety. “The areas of health, wellbeing and safety surrounding an onshore industry do not appear to present significant risks. Domestic production onshore could improve energy security, create jobs and ensure Scotland takes responsibility for its energy consumption.” –Mike Wade, The Times,17 June 2015

Seventeen years ago –June 11, 1998 –Mitchell Energy performed the first modern frack job on a natural-gas well in Texas and unleashed the U.S. energy boom. Whether hydraulic fracturing is a force for good or evil remains one of the most divisive questions in America today. Prof Michael E. Porter says the energy boom is “perhaps the single largest opportunity to improve the trajectory of the U.S. economy.” But, he warns, Americans could fritter away this competitive advantage if they are not careful. This potential advantage could be lost because public support for fracking is weakening. “Further development is increasingly threatened,” the report warns. –Russell Gold, The Wall Street Journal, 11 June 2015

The latest round of UN climate talks have made slow progress on refining a negotiating text for the Paris summit in December, the focal point for efforts to agree curbs on greenhouse gas emissions in developed and developing countries. Despite two weeks of talks at an interim meeting in the German city of Bonn, most of the contradictory proposals that littered the previous 90-page document remain. Familiar disputes blocked progress at the mainly technical meeting in Bonn, which was being held around 500km away from this week’s G7 summit in Bavaria. But in Bonn rich nations failed to give greater clarity on how rich economies will deploy US$100 billion of climate finance a year from 2020. —John McGarrity, India Climate Dialogue, 17 June 2015

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    GR82DRV

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    The policies of the climate change left all lead inevitably to similar albeit unachievable ends. Being “poor” will no longer be relevant because under this Utopian dream we’d all be equally reduced to the lowest common economic denominator. Ahh… Justice!

    Climate change Marxists need to be pushed to fully describe their vision of enviro-justice Utopia to the public. Let people decide if they really want to live on green eco-friendly agrarian communes, spending their time sharing composting tips with their equally poor neighbors.

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    Amber

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    Hit the poor the hardest with high energy costs then they will get the right ” price signal” to not have kids . It is all part of the One World Government (Church Sponsored Scary Global Warming ) strategies for population control .

    Pretty simple really and so humane apparent

    Old people that are fuel poverty road kill are doing their bit to save the planet too.
    Freezing… could not be more humane ..just fall asleep apparently .

    It’s time the preachy socialist agenda got exposed for what it is really all about .

    Can’t wait to see the population control strategies for the shrinking middle class .

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    JayPee

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    Come on, think of the politics that is going on.

    The Roman Church and Papal authority are sinking ships.

    By aligning the Vatican to the new cult of Climate / UN autocracy ambitions, the Roman church has a chance to regain its former undisputed position it held in medieval times before the Reformation.

    The Papacy sees the chance to regain the faith based autocracy it held for centuries in Europe.

    And it can do so at very little cost. When the GHE, AAGW, Climate agenda goes down, none of the advocates civil or private are going to be castigated or humiliated or made to forfeit their ill-gotten gains.

    The DOPE has everything to gain short term and nothing to lose long term.

    The DOPE is making a totally political maneuver disguised as guarding and advising the faithful.

    The DOPE wants to bring back the glory of the pre-reformation Papacy.

    He’s actually smart and cunning.

    By his deeds
    you will know him.

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    GR82DRV

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    [b][i]”Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth.
    Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.”[/i][/b]

    -Winston Churchill

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    Amber

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    The RCC credibility is in freefall after lining up with this group of climate hustle promoters .

    I thought they were far smarter than that . Now I wonder about all their activities ?

    Not exactly a growth business especially when depopulation is a prime objective .

    Tell the 25% USA Catholics you expect $$800 billion out of American wallets and see how fast your collection plate empties .

    Dumb dumb mistake all over an overblown scam .

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    JayPee

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    Everybody wait.
    It’s coming out slowly.

    The DOPE and his advisors would not listen to anyone who did not hold the idiot alarmist view of the issue.

    Yes, they close mindedly considered only the warmist extremism.

    We’ve been told eternally that Jesuits are smart.

    REALLY ?!

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      Me

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      Holy crap, err I mean, Holy Poop, err I mean pope. Yeah, The Bullshit is strong with this one. 😆

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        Me

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        And yeah, there is no “wholly” part in that, Nice try but we know where projection goes.

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    Me

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    And another thing, I have saw Churchill quotes with a different Churchill, Mad Jack. There it is, and it is what it is.

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      Me

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      So both did and honour our freedom, but, there are those out there that want to confuse and misresperent it. Now what does that say?

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