Let them eat carbon gets raised twice in a week on the floor of the Commons

October 25, 2011 9:49 AM

Matthew Sinclair's recent book, Let Them Eat Carbon, continues to attract the attention of parliamentarians at Westminster. Last week it was mentioned twice in the House of Commons chamber, firstly by Wycombe MP Steve Baker during a debate on Wednesday, while explaining his concerns that government-backed EU climate change policies are distorting energy prices and increasing bills for every British family. Watch what he said here:

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Then on Thursday, there was an exchange at Energy and Climate Change Questions between Bury North MP David Nuttall and DECC minister, Charles Hendry. The clip below begins with the minister's reply to David Nuttall's question asking what the Government is doing to reduce the cost of gas and electricity for consumers:

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It was somewhat surprising to hear Charles Hendry so merrily dismissing the figures on the relative costs of meeting environmental targets as cited in the book: they come from table four on page seven of this Citigroup analysis which the Department for Energy and Climate Change itself has used as a source - see footnote 9 on this official DECC document, for example.

I await Mr Hendry's response to my email pointing this out with interest...Matthew Sinclair's recent book, Let Them Eat Carbon, continues to attract the attention of parliamentarians at Westminster. Last week it was mentioned twice in the House of Commons chamber, firstly by Wycombe MP Steve Baker during a debate on Wednesday, while explaining his concerns that government-backed EU climate change policies are distorting energy prices and increasing bills for every British family. Watch what he said here:

[iframe http://www.youtube.com/embed/YyRitFNsjoc 485 304]

Then on Thursday, there was an exchange at Energy and Climate Change Questions between Bury North MP David Nuttall and DECC minister, Charles Hendry. The clip below begins with the minister's reply to David Nuttall's question asking what the Government is doing to reduce the cost of gas and electricity for consumers:

[iframe http://www.youtube.com/embed/zEOAGM0pAMU 485 304]

It was somewhat surprising to hear Charles Hendry so merrily dismissing the figures on the relative costs of meeting environmental targets as cited in the book: they come from table four on page seven of this Citigroup analysis which the Department for Energy and Climate Change itself has used as a source - see footnote 9 on this official DECC document, for example.

I await Mr Hendry's response to my email pointing this out with interest...

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