*Authored by Cody5200*
Merely days ago the Nature Revolution movement delivered the following ultimatum to parliament.
“To save our planet, we demand that the following policies are immediately enacted:
- Net Zero to be met by 2025
- An immediate ban on diesel cars
- Only two flights per person a year.
- An Environmental Citizens Assembly that will hold the government to account on matters of the environment.
- The end of nuclear energy and the removal of nuclear weaponry in the United Kingdom by 2030.”
The sheer absurdity of these proposals becomes clear the moment one is to examine the statistics behind them. As the latest round of arrests shows there are potentially thousands willing to go along with them and carry out acts of violence. The shadow cabinet included.
The seemingly most insane of the proposals is Net-Zero by 2025. 25 years earlier than most scientific recommendations. The proposal would force us to axe 20% of our emissions every year. The Blair government’s 20% pledge shows us that such a feat is not within the realm of reality. Even if such a reduction was achievable the costs of it would far outweigh any benefits. The scale of emission reductions required would equal the emissions of the entire business sector.
There are 39 million registered vehicles in Britain as of the writing of this article, about 10% of them are electric. Were the government to ban every single fossil-fuel vehicle this instant about 35 million vehicles would have to be replaced overnight. To put this number in perspective all manufacturers in the United Kingdom roughly 1.3 million passenger vehicles a year. To replace even a fraction of these automobiles one would have to import millions of vehicles, spiking CO2 emissions and exacerbating the climate crisis. More harrowingly though even the combined US and EU car production would be insufficient to replace these vehicles, especially not if hybrid and low-emission cars were to be banned as per the original demand.
If not cars then what? One might be inclined to ask. Our public transit and rail networks cannot tackle the quadrupling of passengers overnight even with billions being thrown at them. While flights would be restricted to 2 flights per person per year so any hope of commuting by air is nothing more than a pipe dream. Millions of people would suddenly find themselves confined to their towns and villages as our delicate transport network would face paralysis never before seen.
Most worryingly of all the phaseout of nuclear power and fossil fuels would leave Britain with at best a third of its current electricity generation, thus forcing authorities to ration electricity in a manner eerily reminiscent of the Three Day Week. Except that this time it would take years if not decades to overhaul the power grid to the NR’s liking.
All the while Britain’s enemies would have an incredibly easy time subverting our interests as the NR’s demands see the vast majority of MoD vehicles mothballed or scrapped including most combat vessels and Trident.
The drop in quality of life brought about by the fulfillment of this dictate would be an apocalypse of its own. Millions of people including children would go without food as the draconian restrictions would shrink the food supply to unsustainable levels. Electricity would become a prized commodity or perhaps even a thing of the past. Ailments once curable would become the new grim reaper as the NHS would lack the funds and medication required. Any semblance of civil rights and freedom would have to be crushed by an Orwellian state to impose this sort of misery upon us.
All in all the policy peddled by the Nature Revolution movement would at the least be as bad as the climate change they are trying to protect and at worst would force biblical amounts of chaos and destruction upon the United Kingdom and yet we have seen elected politicians at least partly embrace these destructive policies…