Friday, August 05, 2011

Maybe There Won't Always Be an England

As reported by Reuters:
The British government faces a public backlash against its green energy agenda as consumers are unwilling to spend more on power and gas bills to pay for investment in low-carbon forms of energy, a parliamentary committee warned on Monday.

"Our evidence points to the danger of a backlash against the government's green agenda if it means rising bills for consumers," the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee said in a report.

It urged the government and the energy industry to better engage with the public to explain underlying factors that create higher energy prices.
"Explain"? That should be easy:
Industry faces energy price increases of up to 70 per cent as a result of new 'green taxes' imposed by the Government.

Studies by the Energy Intensive Users Group, which represents industries such as chemicals and steel, show that the extra costs are so high that many companies may be tempted to move to countries that do not have such extreme environmental laws.

The group fears that a study by the Department of Energy into the impact of climate-change laws on energy prices for industry will attempt to downplay the impact of the new taxes.
Conclusion: One can have affordable energy or green energy. But, for the moment, not both. Why is this so difficult for British policymakers to understand?

(via Global Warming Policy Foundation)


OBloodyHell said...

>>> One can have affordable energy or green energy.

By the criteria generally applied by Greens, "green energy" == "zero energy".

Or rather and perhaps, "green energy" == "human brute labor"

Greens want to return us to their idyllic notion of Nature, ignoring utterly the inherent Truth of "Red, in tooth and claw".

KitWistar said...

This can be related to the ( often ridiculous) LEED
Laws in architecture and construction in the US.
It so often seems that the righteousness of particular groups----- not actual common good, or common sense---- is the real agenda.