The fact that apparently the consultation is being written alongside the production of the draft regulations, further strengthens the impression that (as is ususally the case with such things) the details of the scheme are already relatively fixed in the minds of ministers and officials, and there is little that 'negative' responses to the proposals will do to change them.
Now I am an optimist. I think that the Green Deal, if properly designed with genuine and open consultation, can be a success (even if it will never be the panacea that Government - Greg Barker in particular - would have us believe). I, like all of my peers, also desperately want the scheme to succeed. Reducing the emissions from our old and leaky homes here in the UK is absolutely essential if we are to reduce carbon emissions, fight rising energy costs and fuel poverty, and improve the UK's fuel security. But unless DECC considers opening up its doors a little wider, and - dare I say it - pushing back the start date for the scheme to allow for more meaningful dialogue with the industry and other experts, I can't help but think the GD may be doomed to achieve little.