GREEN TORIES? IS THERE SUCH A PHENOMENON?
Why is this government so intent in trying to destroy the planet? There is no logical reason for their energy policies. While they are heavily subsidising fracking against scientific advice, they have made massive cuts to the budget for renewables. Blatantly, rather than ‘the greenest’, husky-hugging government ever; they are certainly behaving like the most foolish, selfish government in living memory – if not ever.
Renewable UK’s Director of Policy, Dr Gordon Edge, said: “We’re suddenly looking at a substantial amount of lost income for clean energy companies which was totally unexpected. “The Government had already announced an end to future financial support for onshore wind – even though it’s the most cost-effective form of clean energy we have. Now they’re imposing retrospective cuts on projects already up and running across the entire clean energy sector.” Osborne is intent on increasing taxes on renewable energy generation.
Margaret Thatcher’s government cut back manufacturing industries in the 1980s leading to soaring unemployment, an industrial wasteland and an economy which became over dependant on financial services.
Now, with signs of unemployment on the rise again, the Conservative government are proposing to slash the feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic solar panels, (PV), rather than looking forwards and investing in modern, green technology, and renewables. It is highly likely that this will result in the end of the solar panel industry, which was expanding when it came to power in 2010. Introduced by Ed Miliband, this was a sound policy, both on environmental and economic grounds.
The government wants to slash by 87% subsidies for householders who install solar panels on their rooftops, in a move that renewable energy experts warn could kill off a promising industry.
The potential reductions in the level of feed-in tariff (FIT), contained in a long-awaited consultation document released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (Decc), and are far larger than expected.
The assault on solar power comes after ministerial decisions to remove financial aid from new onshore wind farms and slash home energy efficiency measures. There is even speculation that Decc could be wound up as a standalone department.
The technology is available to provide one million green, sustainable jobs, as Jeremy Corbyn says. We should be investing in the future, expanding this industry, not looking backwards, endangering the planet in the meantime. There is some irony in that it was Thatcher closing down the mines, while Osborne is attacking the green alternative. The Labour Party’s heritage may have been built on coal but the 21st Century’s future is renewable. ‘Coal was our heritage, green is our future‘ We can’t go back to coal. We don’t need to. The future is renewable.
The government’s attack on renewable energy and green industry is obsessive, illogical and unfair.
The Chancellor’s £3.9 billion tax on renewable energy generators “is a punitive measure for the clean energy sector – another example of this Government’s unfair, illogical and obsessive attacks on renewables.” As Alasdair Cameron writes, “The Chancellor has just effectively put a carbon tax on carbon free electricity, which will mean fewer renewables and more uncertainty for the industry.”
Renewable electricity will no longer be exempt from the Climate Change Levy – even though the tax is meant to encourage businesses to “operate in a more environmentally friendly way.” So why would a renewable energy generator not qualify?
This government’s record on the environment is shocking.
In summary: To date they have:
- Supported a reduction in Feed-in Tariffs likely to kill off solar industry.
- Reduced the green-car incentives. In 2017, after the first year, all cars will pay the same £140 annual fee, so a Porsche will be taxed the same as a Prius
- Scrapped decade long plan to for new homes to be zero carbon homes from 2016
- Majority Stake in Green Investment Bank to be Privatised Started Selling off the Green Investment Bank
- Abandoned Biomass Subsidies
- Hit the Green Energy Tax in Budget by £3.9 Billion
- Planned shocking U-Turn fracking in precious wildlife sites – against scientific advice.
- Scrapped plans for on-shore wind.
- Increased taxes on renewable energy
- Despite the disaster at Fukushima, the government planned an expansion at Hinkley Point investing in nuclear power – at high cost, and expensive white elephant
- Removed the subsidy on companies converting from fossil fuel to biomass
The irony is not lost – where Thatcher closed down the mines, Osborne and Cameron are closing down green industries. The attack on sustainable industry, like Thatcher’s attack, is ideological – not logical. While the evidence is set against them, the Tories have either lied or omitted to present a true picture.
GREEN LIES ? WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? AND WHY?
Against all advice, the government stubbornly refuses to change its policy – on Hinkley Point: Evidence of the disaster in Fukishima should have signalled an end to nuclear power as in France. Plans for Britain’s first nuclear reactor in almost 30 years have now come under sustained attack from politicians and City bankers.
“Renewable is too expensive.”
But, No – solar has won this argument. The coal based power cannot compete on economic terms. Meanwhile the £25,000,000 Hinkley Point expansion has been criticised by a bank as ‘becoming difficult to justify.’ As The Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is saying, the fossil industry faces a political and technological storm and even the IMF is saying we cannot afford the economic wastage of fossil fuels.
“Fracking and Gas are viable alternative to Coal”
A Nature report dispels the myth that carbon emissions are reduced by fracking or gas. “Global deployment of advanced natural gas production technology could double or triple the global natural gas production by 2050”, McJeon says.
“The high hopes have been misguided” – market effects dominate.This might eventually lead to up to ten percent higher CO2 emissions by the middle of our century instead of lowering CO2 emissions. Our article, “Corrupt to the fracking core” considers the reasons for the disinformation. Lo and behold there are vested interests at stake. Scandals abound among the toxic Conservative Party. Lobbyists have persuaded politicians to invest in their schemes of fracking , and it’s not panning out as anticipated. The Guardian’s report of “Libor-like” manipulation of gas prices indicates the dice are loaded.
“It’s not sunny enough in the UK”
PV panels were installed on my roof in 2012, on the very day which the Coalition government decided to cut the incentivising feed-in-tariff, and the tariff and energy savings have already half-paid for the installation. This graph shows the energy produced in one day in March – the dip is because there happened to be a partial eclipse of the sun that morning. Imagine the energy which could be produced if these panels were on every public building. There are even roof tiles which can act as photovoltaic cells and recently even completely transparent ones which could be put in our window frames, making every window a power source. Batteries have been developed which store energy produced by such systems.
But it’s not about sunniness. Because, even in sunny Australia, they are trying to discourage solar, while 15% of houses have panels, the PM Abbot government is banning investment in solar and wind power. It seems like a suicide note for the politician and the planet. The sun is the most underused resource we have.
It’s about propping up a neoliberal world economy which is corrupt, flawed, and about to go bust. Like fossil fuels, the global economy is unsustainable. The super competitive world of the smash-and-grab society does not work.
The powers-that-be are starting to panic. Perhaps it is lack of scientists in parliament, due to the predominance of careerists PPE graduates – at least Thatcher was a chemist. Denial of what is scientifically obvious and proven is very foolish, and sure to be the Tories’ undoing.
One has to wonder at the reason, but someone seems to have gambled on the wrong horse, and seems set to doctor all the others.
The New York Times writes on the ugly truth of horse racing “There are essentially three types of people in horse racing. There are the crooks who dangerously drug or otherwise abuse their horses, or who countenance such conduct from their agents, and who then dare the industry to come catch them. Then there are the dupes who labor under the fantasy that the sport is broadly fair and honest. And there are those masses in the middle—neither naive nor cheaters but rather honorable souls—who know the industry is more crooked than it ought to be but who still don’t do all they can to fix the problem.”
And that to me, represents the mess that is our political system. There is an intrinsic flaw in an economic system based on competitive forces, where gaining an advantage over others is the aim. In the end, no one gets away with the pretence and the lies. The ugly truth is out.
We need a government which is not frightened to make that change. We need an economy which will put people before banks. We need politicians to face up to the damage caused to climate change, and policies to address it. Jeremy Corbyn’s Environment Manifesto
We need twenty-first century economics, not Victorian ones. Let us have those one million jobs in green industries in the UK. Let us have democratic monitoring and control of our energy, transport and utilities. Let us have a sustainable world, and a planned economy and not leave a mess for our grandchildren.
- Supported cut in solar Feed-in-Tariff
- UK Scraps Carbon-Free Green Homes Plan
- Sell off of Green Investment Bank
- Scrapped Plans for Off shore Wind
- Fracking U-Turn in wild-life sites
- Renewable Energy Taxes to be increased (Business Green)
- Abandoned Biomass Subsidies
- Touchstone Blog Osborne’s 3.9 Billion Tax on Green Power
- Government overhauling green car tax
- Hinkley Point -nuclear white elephant
- Bank hits out at Hinkley Point too expensive to justify
- Australian PM bans wind and power investment
- Jeremy Corbyn’s Environment Manifesto
- The fully transparent solar cell
- UK Opposes new EU waste recycling in leaked paper
- Guardian 9 Green policies Killed off by Tories
- GLabCWarrany: Green Deal and 8 Policies dropped by Government
- Touchstone Blog: Budget Afterhsock Osbornes’s 3.9 Billion on Green Power
- Coal was our Heritage, Green is our Future
- Britain Under Siege
- They are Corrupt to the Fracking Core
- SCANDAL: There’s another toxic plot in the Conservative Party
- Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change