Ed Miliband’s New Carbon Demand Secures His Place in the Climate Pantheon
Has MPs shrunk or has Ed Miliband grown? Did he grow in his boots? Has it surpassed them?
He’s been such a source of satirists, humorists and related noodling over the years that it’s easy to forget that he’s had more influence than any Labor politician in living memory. And not just because of his £2 membership drive, which has drawn Labor to special events for five years. What other contenders are there? It is true that Tony Blair’s war in Iraq has had a far-reaching impact on the outlook of hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East – but this will pale into insignificance against the leadership Ed has shown with the Climate Change Act.
It was he, as Energy Minister, who legislated that we must decarbonise our entire economy, and while the skeptics scoffed, laughed and seized on the excesses – the rest of the world went along and followed suit. Unbeknownst to us, it has created an epistemological crisis so great that the world no longer agrees on what fact is.
“The planet is hotter than it has been in 125,000 years!” he told us as if it wasn’t a lie. “We are already seeing the catastrophic effects of 1° warming.”
A degree! Didn’t we have a temperature rise of 1° in the Middle Ages, during the Roman period, during the Minoan period? Isn’t the climate changing? Don’t catastrophists find it impossible to explain how much of the warming is man-made and how much is natural?
“Regarding the decisive issue of 1.5°,he said “This summit failed”
Police failed to constrain 27 emissions – measurable emissions recorded by detectors, but the link between this and any specific temperature rise is unclear. Nobody knows.
He then asked the minister to accept his proposal “A Zero Carbon Energy System by 2030.” It is “the new gold standard of international leadership.”
We laughed at his Climate Change Act – “If the climate changes, who will be judged?” we laughed. But by any standard, Ed Miliband changed the world.
You’d have to be psychotic to wish his zero-carbon catastrophe on British life – but there’s a temptation to demonstrate to Ed that his policies would be more the end of humanity than all the great communist dictators put together.