Yesterday, as some areas of the east of England were declared in a state of drought, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman was quick to blame the shortage of water on the ‘big challenge of climate change’.
It was the typical knee-jerk reaction of an obsessively ‘green’ government which – in order to justify its punitive environmental taxes and draconian targets to reduce CO2 emissions – sees evidence of global warming everywhere it looks.
As former Cabinet Secretary Lord Turnbull said this week in a truly withering critique, ministers and their officials have deliberately ignored the huge doubts surrounding climate change science.
‘From our politicians we need open-mindedness, more rationality, less emotion and less religiosity; and an end to the alarmist propaganda and to attempts to frighten us and our children,’ he wrote.
Already, the cost of what Lord Turnbull calls the Government’s ‘global evangelism’ is plain to see: with households paying an extra £200 a year in hidden green charges on their gas and electricity bills and power companies being forced to scar the countryside with 10,000 ineffective wind turbines.
The cost to the fragile economic recovery could be even greater, with advisers warning David Cameron that the move to a low-carbon economy will cost 1 per cent of GDP, or £13billion a year.
Worse, we are the only country in the world to have imposed on its economy a strict, anti-competitive and legally-binding requirement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2025.