Editorial: Green Energy Policy Is A Threat To Britain’s Security

  • Date: 20/02/13
  • Editorial, Daily Mail

If the lights do go out, history will be harsh on a posturing political class that – in order to burnish its ‘green credentials’ – has left Britain at the mercy of foreign powers for heat and light. In a sane world, ministers would immediately suspend their green edicts, scrap green taxes on energy bills and keep open existing coal power stations until we are producing enough clean power to stand on our own two feet.

Yesterday the head of the regulator Ofgem warned consumers to expect another rise in their already painfully-high energy bills – which have more than doubled since 2004, to £1,300 a year.

The reason for the increase is devastatingly simple: our power industry – once among the best in the world – can no longer produce anything like the energy we need to keep the lights on.

So we have to import gas from unstable countries such as Russia – at hugely inflated prices.

Energy bills have more than doubled since 2004, to £1,300 a year

Indeed, so grave is our energy shortage that Ofgem likened it to being on a rollercoaster ‘heading downhill – fast’.

In April alone, there will be a ten per cent fall in capacity when Draconian environmental targets force the premature closure of coal and oil-fired power stations.

If the lights do go out, history will be harsh on a posturing political class that – in order to burnish its ‘green credentials’ – has left Britain at the mercy of foreign powers for heat and light.

But then successive governments, obsessed by short-termism, have made a mess of energy policy.

First, ministers sold off Britain’s power firms to foreign companies with no interest in securing this country’s needs.

Then, instead of commissioning replacements for ageing nuclear power plants, politicians fixated over ineffective wind farms and installing sockets for electric cars nobody wants to drive.

But the Coalition has been in a class of its own. In 2010 – pandering to the whim of Lib Dem activists – ministers said there would be absolutely no subsidies for opening new nuclear plants.

Now, with three years wasted, and the Energy Department in disarray, it emerges they plan to offer guaranteed subsidies after all – which we will all spend the next 40 years paying for!

In a sane world, ministers would immediately suspend their green edicts, scrap green taxes on energy bills and keep open existing coal power stations until we are producing enough clean power to stand on our own two feet.

Daily Mail, 20 February 2013