Tuesday, 18 January 2011

£10.3m for efficiency projects!

Local community groups and organisations are invited to bid for over £10m of public funds allocated for projects which improve efficiency or encourage healthy lifestyles.

The money is being made available in 2011-12 as part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund.

Those of you who know me will be aware that I believe scientific evidence for human induced global warming is extremely uncertain.  An attitude of climate hysteria* has led to a series of unwise public policy decisions, especially in Scotland, including the extremes of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act, 2009.  The Climate Challenge Fund, whilst having co-incidental benefits, is a manifestation of that climate hysteria.   (For these reasons, I also write the blog Climate Edinburgh.)

So why am I posting about the Climate Challenge Fund?  Two reasons.
  1. The objectives of the Climate Challenge Fund often coincide with efficiency or other public benefit. It is possible to kick start efficiency or encourage healthy lifestyles, for example, by means of projects using this seed corn money.  You could set up a project to encourage cycling or healthy lifestyles or energy efficiency at a local level**.   Here is one case study of a project which has previously won money from the fund.
  2. Secondly this is an allocation of public money. Our money.  We will do well to ensure it is used for worthwhile purposes.  In the last three years some £27m has been spent by this fund. Some of the money has created networks of 'climate champions'.  Surely we can do better than spend money so wastefully.
The funds are administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful.  You can find out how to get a slice of these funds for something worthwhile by going to their website for more information of how to apply.

This blog has previously reported a £0.75m grant to Causewayside charity, The Bike Station from the Climate Challenge Fund.   So there is serious money available for projects.  The Grange Association received a smaller received £10k award for its  award for its GEARS project in September 2009.

*  Professor Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a climate scientist with impeccable qualifications, uses this term and is one of many scientists who do not subscribe to the scientific conclusions which currently drive our public policy.  See this article for more on his use of the term 'climate hysteria' and a summary of the evidence for his (and my) position.
** You might need to estimate by how much your project will reduce CO2 emissions - but if the project is for a worthwhile cause, that shouldn't be too much of a burden.  Of course, I appreciate some readers may disagree with me and feel sure CO2 is a clear and present danger. It is a government sponsored scheme.  I hope to encourage projects which put the money to a worthwhile use!

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