Lusty, I lived through those years of fear and concern over nuclear weapons, in fact we still do, but at least you could factually work out the potential ramifications of using them and the fact that both sides new the consequences pretty well assured they would never be used and to be fair it so far has and they remain unused. As far as emerging economies continuing to use fossil fuels despite the warnings, of course they want to catch up but they aren’t stupid. If the planet dies, so do they and then whatever fuel they use doesn’t matter. Instead of penalising ourselves we should be assisting these economies to grow through sharing of technology to offset the use of fossil fuels. Of course we want them to move to renewables but at the moment for some weaker and poorer economies, that’s just not possible and certainly not in the timescales projected.
I have absolutely no argument with moving towards renewables but not through being unnecessarily forced there just because a self interested government says I should. When an electric car costs the same as an ICE vehicle, holds its second hand value and can drive and be refuelled as quickly as an ICE vehicle can, then I’ll consider buying one. When a system that’s as cheap, as easy to fit and as good and reliable as my Gas boiler is created, then I might consider changing it but u then you can keep your heat pumps thank you. We are being lied to just to fulfil an agenda, just as the propaganda programme is brainwashing the public into accepting so many things that are against our previous beliefs. You don’t see that and don’t believe it. Fine, I do but we won’t know who’s right for some time will we, so we might just as well agree to disagree because neither of us will convince the other.