Sir Simon Jenkins, chairman of the National Trust and Guardian
columnist, has written a somewhat bizarre
blog at the Guardian's Comment is Free today.
His central thesis seems to be that British energy policy is
something of a dark art that rests on shaky factual
Our experience of examining media coverage of the same doesn't
disprove this, but even so we'd guess that Jenkins' assertion
"Anyone who claims to understand energy
policy is either mad or subsidised."
...is probably a bit strong.
Jenkins has a somewhat bizarre characterisation of why the UK is
trying to change its energy policy, though. He seems to think
that the aim is to bring about global cooling:
"As for achieving a remotely significant
degree of global cooling, that requires world diplomacy - which
has, as yet, proved wholly elusive.
"Britain's contribution to cooling can only be so infinitesimal as
to be little more than gesture politics, yet it is a gesture that
is massively expensive."
Are we being excessively pedantic, or is it worth heading off
confusion about this?