So, it appears it was the British Prime Minister David Cameron that fought harder than anyone against an EU goal of 30% more energy efficiency in 2030.
The EU summit finally opted for less ambitious 27%.
But why would Mr Cameron oppose an ambitious goal on energy efficiency?
Never mind the climate – it would demand new investments which is exactly what he, over and over, asks of other EU governments to finance.
Not only Mr Cameron, for that matter. They are more or less all of them looking for ways to start investing more (yes, except for Germany).
Energy efficiency is of course a double win, with big savings waiting at the other end in wasting less money on energy.
What solid arguments did Mr Cameron come up with to convince the other heads of governments that energy efficiency is a bad idea?
His arguments came straight from Ukip and the British tabloids.
They´ve been falling over themselves in order to be the loudest to attack the EU for banning powerful vacuum cleaners which, they say, makes life impossible for ”house-proud” Brits.
This isn´t true, the EU has introduced requirements for more energy efficient vacuum cleaners. High performance vacuum cleaners are not banned and machines that also comply to the new requirements have been on the market for some time already.
No problem then.
Except for Mr Cameron.
He prefers to play by Ukip rules even if that means using more energy than modern technology warrants.
And he takes everybody else with him.
We´ve all been sniggering over the fact that Nigel Farage could only save his generous EU subsidies from the European Parliament by hooking up with a Polish MEP, denier of Holocaust and proponent of wife-beating.
Now it´s Mr Farage´s turn to get a good laugh.