Interestingly he was very aware of the arguments in Matt Ridley's recent Spectator piece - updated here - that global warming is likely to be of net benefit to humanity until 2080 and beyond.
(This is assuming global warming ever resumes after the present plateau, which is 17 years and counting. Schoolchildren have not seen global warming in their lifetime.)
This holes the coalition's catastrophic energy policy below the waterline. It removes the only argument for an energy policy which will condemn us to pay higher prices than we need for our energy for decades.
This is lunacy. As Matt Ridley mildly said to Caroline Flint and Greg Barker when they shouted him down on Daily Politics, they are out of date. But it will cost us billions of pounds and many unnecessary deaths before they see what they have done.
Greg Barker thinks we're stupid. He claims that
Some planners have been too insensitive to the impact on the landscape and it has turned public opinion against the wider renewable agenda.Stupid public! They are against 'renewables' just because of onshore wind farms. So Mr Barking's answer? Put more wind farms off shore. But we know off-shore wind farms are dangerous and even more expensive - see here and here for instance.
The Conservatives may try to puff that they are trying to disengage from some green subsidies. But this is just sleight of hand. It's not just that the Tories' Mr Barking is as green as any Illiberal Undemocrat and that Lord Snooty vowed to lead the greenest government ever.
As Booker explains, the whole coalition energy strategy seems designed to make our power deliberately expensive, even though much cheaper alternatives will be available soon even if our world class oil and gas shale deposits stay in the ground.
So yes, government, we do know, and we despise you for wilfully pauperising us for no good cause.