Fish in a barrel

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is a UK quango with the role of advising government on those climate change commitments blithely taken on board when they were somewhat more fashionable :-

The CCC is an independent body established under the Climate Change Act (2008). We advise the UK Government on setting and meeting carbon budgets and on preparing for the impacts of climate change.

So with a lofty disdain for accuracy, the CCC describes itself as independent. It is barely worth asking the far too obvious question – independent of what – the hoi polloi? It appears to be an extension of the fake charity idea – a loopy quango specifically intended to foster this bizarre claim of independence. Presumably our politicians prefer to keep their distance from the obligations they signed up to when carbon credits were worth more than they are now. Particularly stories like this one recently reported  by the Press Association :-

The Committee on Climate Change’s chief executive David Kennedy said emissions from shipping needed to be part of the overall goal to cut greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 because they were “too big and too worrying to forget about”.

I’m afraid criticism of the CCC is very much like shooting fish in the metaphorical barrel, but it usually is with climate cant. From the 2011 – 2014 CCC corporate plan we have with my comments added in bold:-

National newspaper coverage about the Committee reached around 10 million readers each month, and our website received 100,000 visitors over the year, an improvement of 8% on the previous year’s traffic. Feeding nonsense to the MSM is easy, but the web seems far less tractable.

Our digital presence was improved through the redesign of our website and launch of social media. We push the buttons and still they aren’t interested.

The Committee was shortlisted as a finalist in the Climate Week Awards in recognition of the innovative analysis which informed the 4th carbon budget report. Innovative analysis? No comment – fish now shooting themselves.

We introduced a more efficient process for producing our reports from templates, in order both to reduce our carbon footprint and to reduce costs. Over the next year we will continue to publicise our work across our network, ensuring our recommendations are understood and have impact. Reports from templates? Still no comment – fish now shooting holes in the barrel.

We will focus in particular on expanding our audience by improving the way that we interact with diverse stakeholders.  We will achieve this by introducing innovations to the way that we communicate; through our website, publications and social media. We couldn’t think of anything else.

In doing so, we will work transparently and efficiently, in order to provide information in a way that is engaging, carbon-friendly and cost-effective. But we split it into two points anyway.

This turgid propaganda machine is part of our supposedly democratic government. Okay, so bland misinformation is governmental stock-in-trade, but this is something different, more on a par with the passive smoking fraud than simple propaganda. Anthropogenic climate change is supposed to be a scientific theory, which means a refutable statement about the real world. There is nothing of the real world or the refutable about the CCC.

This is the nascent Ministry of Truth babbling away at us, learning the ropes, extending its dull-witted self-righteous tentacles far into our distant future. It doesn’t matter if climate change theory is true or false and as far as one can tell – it never did.

6 comments for “Fish in a barrel

  1. john in cheshire
    November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Wasn’t Eric Pickles going to abolish lots of quangoes? It’s gone very quiet recently; has he lost interest?

    • November 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      It was more a Fondue of the Quangos than a bonfire, wasn’t it?

      • November 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm

        Making them even more cheesy?

        • November 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

          Quite possibly, though there’s something to be said for poking them with little forks on long sticks.

          • james Higham
            November 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

            And running them through the deep fat fryer with the Mars Bars.

    • Jeremy Poynton
      November 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Never mind the apparently lost “Great Repeal Bill”.

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