Connie Hedegaard doesn’t need science to tell her that Europe’s green policy is on the right track. She’s the EU’s Climate Commissioner, and she has discarded science, the oft-donned mantle of green policymakers around the world. In an interview with the Telegraph, she said, “Let’s say that science, some decades from now, said ‘we were wrong, it was not about climate’, would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?”Global warming has plateaued recently, a phenomenon that continues to baffle climate scientists. Perhaps Hedegaard is merely acknowledging our limited understanding of our climate here, but she seems to be discarding reason as well as science. How else can you explain her curious conviction that Europe’s skyrocketing electricity prices are nothing to worry about?
[Hedegaard] rejected public complaints over increases in electricity prices to subsidise renewable energies, such as wind farms, as unrealistic because, she said, increased competition over diminishing energy resources such as oil and gas will lead to higher bills….“I think we have to realise that in the world of the 21st century for us to have the cheapest possible energy is not the answer.”
We’ve long known that greens make stupid policy decisions, but we can’t recall seeing the twisted logic behind them being displayed so starkly. Hedegaard might not see price as a relevant factor in choosing energy sources, but you can bet that Europe’s households and industry do.[Earth image courtesy of NASA]