New report says that the government must do more to reach net zero target

Barry White

The government must drive down energy bills and reduce climate-warming emissions by insulating more homes, a report to parliament by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) says (https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/2022-progress-report-to-parliament/). They report that the government’s current insulation programme is “shocking” saying that consumers are paying £40 extra a year on bills because of previous cuts to the home renovation programme. The committee also says government must harness the Ukraine fuel crisis to push ahead with renewables. To be fair to poorer families the report says that the portion of electricity bills that pays back historic renewables should be taken off bills and absorbed by the Treasury.

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Consultation on new energy windfall tax rushed through

Barry White

On 21 June the Government  launched a little publicised consultation into a new windfall tax, which only runs for 7 days, closing on 28 June (see: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-legislation-energy-oil-and-gas-profits-levy-bill). The windfall tax on oil and gas companies, who’ve made massive profits as our energy bills have soared (see: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/feb/05/40bn-profits-for-bp-and-shell-fuel-calls-for-windfall-tax-on-energy-firms), only happened because of public and political pressure.

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Is the government about to approve the Cumbia coal mine?

Barry White

The week prime minister Johnson suggested that Britain should start mining and burning its own coal again, despite the climate emergency. He said it “makes no sense” for Britain to be importing coal from abroad for use in steelmaking “when we have our own domestic resources”.

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How some think tanks are backing fossil fuel dependency

Barry White

A recent article by openDemocracy, an independent UK based media platform, believes that a number of influential ‘right-wing’ UK think tanks with close access to government ministers have received millions in ‘dark money’ donations from the US. They report that while all the think tanks say they do not dispute the science on climate change, many are campaigning to increase the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and deregulate energy markets in response to the cost of living crisis.

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