Incoming energy secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has taken on his new job at a big moment. Not only are we in an energy crisis, with soaring gas prices linked by pretty much every expert to our failure to invest in renewable energy, but a climate crisis that is becoming increasingly apparent to the public.
While Liz Truss has also appointed Graham Stuart as minister for climate change, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s new gig means he’s the one in charge of bringing the UK towards our legally-binding net zero 2050 target. But his track record of comments on climate change aren’t exactly promising on that front.
The effects of carbon emission on the climate ‘remains much debated’
In 2013, Rees-Mogg’s position was that it was simply too early to say whether climate change was real.
“It is widely accepted that carbon dioxide emissions have risen but the effect on the climate remains much debated while the computer modelling that has been done to date has not proved especially accurate,” he wrote in the Telegraph.
“Common sense dictates that if the Meteorological Office cannot forecast the next season’s weather with any success it is ambitious to predict what will happen decades ahead.”
That piece was headlined “climate change alarmism caused our high energy prices”, by the way.