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Why The UK Will Definitely Fulfill Its Climate Change Act Emissions Reduction Target For 2020

Roger Pielke Jr is skeptical about the absurd task the UK has given itself regarding a “34% target for emissions reductions below a 1990 baseline by 2020“. He’s obviously not knowledgeable enough about the ways of the British governments re:targets. Let me explain.

Many years ago somebody had the bright idea to declare a target for UK train punctuality by a certain date. Scrambling for a solution in the face of certain failure, shortly before the deadline the rail companies agreed on artificially lengthening their schedules, thereby guaranteeing they could reach the target even if in practice they had done nothing of the sort.

Then it was Mr Blair’s government’s turn to declare a target on waiting list at the NHS by a certain date. Scrambling for a solution in the face of certain failure, shortly before the deadline the NHS structures decided to operate a double waiting list system, with the “official” one designed to consistently reach the target, and the “unofficial” one a parking area for patients that were simply not counted by the target system. Everybody had therefore guaranteed they could reach the target even if in practice they had done nothing of the sort.

This practice, i.e. an extension of “creative accounting“, has permeated the whole public system in the country. Even during the Dec 31, 1999 celebrations in London, the expected “river of fire” with 60ft+ tall flames was declared a success despite having been mostly invisible to the crowds, by redefining the meaning of “river of fire“.

And yes!, this may all sound familiar to people that have read about attempts to “redefine what the peer reviewed literature is“. Of course.

Please do not be surprised therefore if, come 2020, we will be talked into believing that the “34% target for emissions reductions below a 1990 baseline by 2020” will have been achieved, regardless of what the true figures will tell.

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  1. Lars Dane
    2010/11/23 at 13:33

    Chris Korvin is spot on. At the public hospital they just stop or slow down doing all the tests needed before operations. Voila, the waiting lists will disappear before your eyes. Mind you, that’s only when the press and thus also the politicians have decided to do something about the problem. Otherwise the natural tendency in any public health system is to have as long waiting lists as possible because that will clearly show that you need more money/people/equipment – or the patients will suffer. Of course.

  2. Jack Savage
    2010/11/23 at 11:15

    Oh God…..we really are turning into a parody of a State.
    When do we rise up and slaughter them?

    • 2010/11/23 at 12:02

      Jack – as it’s a democratic country, the only meaningful slaughter would be mass suicide. Not sure it would solve much, though.

  3. rogerthesurf
    2010/11/23 at 03:47

    Haha the british government sounds a little like a family of ducks I know.

    In my country we have a native duck. Quite a large bird actually with beautiful plumage. I’m told it is actually also related to the goose family.

    Anyway, these ducks are very territorial, in any park in my city or green strip or wherever there is feed, a pair of these ducks will take up permanent residence and vigorously defend against any “intruders on their patch”.

    One of these pairs “owns” a green patch near the side of the road adjacent to a regular bus stop.
    Every time one of the big red buses stops, the male duck immediately adopts an aggressive pose and charges/waddles at the bus in a very protective manner.
    And he succeeds everytime because the big red bus drives away/retreats? within a few minutes of the ducks attack, everytime.

    So I imagine, like the UK government, the male duck feels very proud that he has scared away such a large problem and he surely remains high in the estimation of the female duck for the same reason.

    Cheers

    Roger

    http://www.rogerfromnewzealand.wordpress.com

  4. Chris Korvin
    2010/11/22 at 22:08

    The NHS data was worse than described above.To comply with the Government requirement every patient got their appointment within three days,my local Practice,and undoubtedly others, simply stopped issuing appointments for more than three days ahead.So targets were always met. Easy! ( No unofficial waiting list.) Frantic phoning as the phones opened every morning to try to beat the system . At a political meeting which was televised Tony Blair was informed about this abuse.He seemed genuinly taken aback,said he didnt know about it and said he would look into it. Guess what changed. Thats right … Nothing.

  5. geoffchambers
    2010/11/22 at 21:36

    And if temperatures have failed to rise by more than 0.2°C in 10 years time, it will be thanks to the British effort. May I be the first to say Well Done Britain!

  1. 2010/11/25 at 22:50

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