If You Set A Target That’s Impossible To Meet, That’s Your Problem, Chums!

Taking all of Winchester’s cars off the road for a year would still not be enough to meet the city council’s carbon footprint targets.

That was the stark warning from a city councillor worried about the scale of the challenge facing Winchester City Council as it tries to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent in four years.

Not that they wouldn’t like to do just that, I suspect. Except for councillor’s vehicles, I’m sure…

According to a council report, Winchester district’s carbon dioxide per capita figure remains the highest in Hampshire.

So..? Since it’s all a pile of round objects anyway, who cares?

Cllr Hutchison called on the council to think about how they were going to achieve the carbon footprint reduction and to put in some realistic programmes and outcomes.

“This is where the future jobs lie so we need to get on with it,” he said.

If ‘future jobs’ are reliant on this load of old flannel, then you’re doomed.

Council leader Councillor George Beckett said that the council took the issue seriously and would deal with it in balance to its other responsibilities, but said that it had taken many steps to reduce carbon emissions, such as low emissions park and ride buses.He said there appeared to be a connection between an area’s prosperity and carbon footprint and that he would not apologise for the prosperity of residents.

Heh! Nice way of pointing out that the more prosperous an area gets, the fainter any hope of its residents falling for the hair-shirt approach of the Greens…

9 comments for “If You Set A Target That’s Impossible To Meet, That’s Your Problem, Chums!

  1. nisakiman
    January 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I find it staggering that these (one would assume) intelligent and educated Councillors continue to propagate this “carbon footprint” tosh, particularly at this stage of the game, when it’s just about mainstream opinion that the AGW circus has been comprehensively discredited.

    And when (if) they achieve their 30% carbon footprint reduction, then what? They will have hosed away a shedload of council (ratepayers’) money, probably closed down several local businesses, driven people’s local taxes up, slowed down the local economy, and all for what?

    Will it make even one fraction of an iota of difference to what the climate will do? No. It will not.

    Will anybody gain from it? Probably not.

    So WTF are they doing it for? Are they completely blind to the futility of their goals?

    Words (almost) fail me…

  2. January 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    But if they take all the cars off the road (except for local Councillors on essential business natch)

    Who will pay all the lovely parking fines, that they tell us aren’t a revenue raising measure.

    BTW Julia did I miss something from you about Southend council having Councillors number plates blocked on wardens machines so they can’t be issued tickets?

    • David
      January 28, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Ha ha – quite!

    • January 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Oh, that is indeed the case, though it’s merely the digital enshrining of a previously-existing system…

      • January 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm

        Ha, Trust and local Councillors, as I live in Bexley you can understand why I am currently PML 🙂

  3. January 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    … to put in some realistic programmes and outcomes.

    So did they ever get round to this step?

    • January 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      ‘realistic programmes and outcomes’ ‘growth and stability’ ‘future jobs’

      Its always this vague promise of something for nothing in the future so long as we give up our freedoms, rights, transport, energy use, etc.

      When is someone going to call them on it, and insist they specify exactly what growth, what jobs, what programmes. They don’t know because they don’t exist. Its a fantasy land carrot and stick approach.

      From the EU down to local councils its all the same vague bullshite, unless we are all to end our days pumping bicycles generating electricity like the Charlie Brooker depiction in ’15 million merits’.

      • January 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

        Yes. I should probably have made it clearer that it was the ‘realistic’ bit and what these clowns believe is realistic that I was getting at.

  4. Andrew Duffin
    January 30, 2012 at 9:56 am

    “This is where the future jobs lie”

    Hello? Lunatic Asylum?

    Do they actually believe all this stuff or do they actually think we do? I am not sure which is worse…

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