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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Public Enemy Number 1: The British Government's Attack On Renewable Energy

Before I begin, let me first apologise on behalf of the British public to the rest of the world for the insufferable bunch of deluded idiots that currently runs this country.

After this weeks announcement that the government is to scrap the UK Zero Carbon target, I am more  convinced than ever that the Chancellor, George Osborne, is an imbecile. The decision is utterly moronic. Not only is it a smack in the face for the green building industry and another attack on renewable energy, it will also jeopardise any hope of energy efficiency for householders, for the simple reason that although gas prices are low at the moment, they will inevitably rise again at some point, meaning a continued increase in energy bills.

Julie Hirigoyen, the Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council, has said that the Chancellors decision is "the death knell" for the zero carbon homes policy. Phillip Selwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, pointed out that under the Climate Change Act, the UK has to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions from homes by 2050. However, I have to say I wouldn't be too surprised to see the Climate Change Act itself as next on the Chancellors wrecking list.

Daisy Sands, Energy and Climate campaigner at Greenpeace added that it would mean the UK having to import gas from insecure sources, like Russia. Rob Lambe, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said that the decision seriously undermines industry confidence in government policy. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) described the Zero Carbon budget as a world leading initiative for sustainable development adding that the cancellation of the policy is also a "marked contrast to other nations who have created entirely new industries from building highly sustainable new places.”

The thing is, this comes hot on the heels of the announced intention to close the Renewables Obligation (RO) a year early and the proposed scrapping of the exemption granted to renewable energy businesses in the Climate Change Levy (CCL), which effectively turns the CCL into a 'carbon tax' for renewables.

A carbon tax on renewables? Completely ludicrous!! It also means by the way, according to Friends of the Earth, that renewable energy generators will have to charge extra for their energy.

That it isn't all. The Chancellor also intends to give tax breaks to North Sea oil and to drivers of gas guzzling vehicles and to support the building of new roads in the North of England, in addition to his support for fracking and the news that most of the Green Inestment Bank is going to be sold off, that is to say, mostly privatised.

But the killing blow has probably already been made. Back in March 2014, the Chancellor cancelled Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax breaks for companies benefitting from the RO and the Renewables Heat Incentive (RHI). These tax breaks were aimed at companies investing in startups and the effect, if it hasn't already begun, will be to slow down the development of renewable energy in Britain. It's hardly surprising that some energy analysts are beginning to believe that it will be almost impossible to invest in the country.

So what what happened to all the claims of the Conservatives forming a 'green government'? We can see cleary now that all along it was a blatant lie.

You would have to be blind not to notice the derision now being meted out by the global community to the Australian government after all the meddling by that coal-obsessed, climate change denying lunatic Tony Abbott, but under Osborne's watch that is where the UK will be heading before too long.

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