If you thought the current talk of enforced compliance with energy reduction mandates and soaring electricity prices was oppressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Especially if you live within the European Union. According to the bureaucrats in charge of EU Climate Change Policy “science tells us” that we have to reduce emissions of Co2 not by 20, 40, or even 60% but by a ludicrous 80-95%. Or else:
Science tells us that all developed countries would need to reduce emissions by 80-95% in order to have a fair chance of keeping global warming below 2°C. If we do not step up climate action, temperatures might increase by as much as 4°C by 2100.
Delegation of the European Union to Mexico. Press Release.
They might do. Then again, they might not. But either way, “science demands” that we do lots of things, apparently. As usual, the onus and the burden will fall on good old John Q. Public. “Energy efficiency” is one area where the bureaucrats are less than pleased and are looking to enforce greater reductions in emissions. So look out for more directives telling you to shower less, turn your lights off at night, etc. Even more swingeing taxes on energy are likely to (supposedly) help this drive to efficiency, which is actually necessary as the EU is sending around three and a half billion euros a year to developing countries where it will be spent on
limos and beach houses fighting climate change (stop laughing at the back there).
Anyone else getting sick of the “science tells us” line yet? If they said “selective computer modelling conveniently tells us” at least it would be closer to the truth.