Too much green energy is bad for Britain

March 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

At last, the Coalition – or the Conservative part of it, anyway – is beginning
to recognise these painfully obvious truths. In this week’s Budget, the
Chancellor backed the policy of domestic fracking – the extraction of shale
gas – with the promise of tax breaks for companies involved in the industry.
He will know that American gas prices have plummeted, thanks to the US
embracing the shale gas revolution. Britain must do the same. George Osborne
also announced in the Budget that ceramics businesses would be exempt from
the Climate Change Levy on energy costs. By making that exemption, he is
acknowledging that green taxes are a significant drag on industry. He should
make the exemption universal.

Our energy problems have been deepened by the greener-than-green Liberal
Democrats, with their seeming stranglehold on the Cabinet post of Energy
Secretary. When Chris Huhne took on the job in 2010, he swore Britain would
become more independent of energy imports. Yet the country remains just as
dependent, and Huhne’s Liberal Democrat colleague, Ed Davey, is still wedded
to green power. Last year, he publicly slapped down his junior Tory energy
minister, John Hayes, for calling for an end to more wind farms.

There is some good news, however. As we report today, government sources have
said that wind power subsidies are to be cut again. This is a move in the
right direction and we very much welcome it. It is to be hoped that there
will be more such announcements, and concrete actions, from a government
that has neglected a fundamental duty – to keep the lights on, energy
affordable and our houses warm.

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