Originally this was going to be about politics, and the answer was going to be “not as much as his poll ratings suggest”. But then I found a speech on Opec/Oil and the answer has to be, “yes he’s crap”. On so many levels.
He sez: Gordon Brown yesterday signalled a new determination to defend Britain’s hard-pressed consumers and motorists when he denounced the oil cartel Opec as a scandal and called for the EU and the G8 to break down its control, saying it was holding back the development of the world economy. This is just stupid playing to the gallery. No-one believes that Broon is going to do anything about Opec, because he can’t. It is, as people will recognise, a scandal that 40% of the oil is controlled by Opec. So what are we going to do? Wrest control of it from them – by invading them? No, that doesn’t sound like a good idea. By installing our own pet dictators? Hmm, maybe not. By making speeches? Umm.
But, returning to climate, Broon seems to have forgotten that we are supposed to be cutting our carbon emissions. He is, in theory, all signed up to that. Of course, as soon as that starts to cost money all that gets blown to the winds, which is one reason why he is crap. The reason that the oil price is high is that the world is using a lot of it. Increasing the supply would mean that we would use more. We’re supposed to be using less. Increasing the price sends a strong signal to use less, and from that point of view is good.
The other reason this is all stupid is that oil is at $127 a barrel. Anyone who can pump more out probably is.