US: Regulation in the land of the free. Once upon a time the Frenchman Toqueville reported on the US…
Unlike Frenchmen, he continued, who instinctively looked to the state to provide economic and social order, Americans relied on their own efforts. “In the United States, they associate for the goals of public security, of commerce and industry, of morality and religion. There is nothing the human will despairs of attaining by the free action of the collective power of individuals.”
What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: “Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fetes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools.”
The people of the world have switched off on global warming, revealed by UN sponsored survey.
Whichever way you slice and dice the results, the climate-change fight is more or less bottom-ranked globally out of the 16 causes.
The results of the poll to date are that worldwide, we people of the world view the fight against climate change as the least important of 16 issues suggested by the UN. Top-voted issue for importance worldwide is “better job opportunities”, second is “a good education”, and the lower-ranked issues are “better health care”, “affordable and nutritious food”, “support for people who can’t work”, and so on.
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The cost of green jobs.
Each green job in Britain costs £100,000 (and 3.7 other jobs): (What’s worse than one green job? 76,000 green jobs.)
Robert Norris, Renewable UK’s spokesman, said:“… by 2021, more than 76,000 people will be working in the British wind industry in full-time, well-paid green-collar jobs. — Telegraph, 15 June 2013
In Spain for every green job created 2.2 jobs were lost. In Italy, each green job cost 5 jobs from the rest of the economy: In Germany, the subsidies far exceed the wages of the jobs created: In Denmark wind power reduces the GDP.
Turning out the lights in Britain, an alarming report, quickly corrected, but still alarming.
THE CORRECTION. Christopher Booker 16 June 2013
I must apologise for an error in last week’s item on the Energy Bill, where I said that, through a Government amendment, we were now committed to reducing our electricity use by 27 per cent within six years and 40 per cent by 2030. Although it was not exactly clear from Hansard’s report on the debate, this was not in fact a Government amendment and was not put to a vote, so those improbable targets were not part of the Bill approved by the House.
Greg Barker, the minister for energy and climate change, did, however, say that “in principle” he approved that amendment, which only sought to make a statutory requirement of what the Government is hoping to do anyway. It is clear from a report published last November by his department that these mind-boggling targets are very much part of its thinking as to how we might “decarbonise” our electricity supply.