"The UK, with its own financial crisis, is also obliged to reduce its carbon emissions. The absurdity of the situation has now been realised: we cannot afford to do this."
- Godfrey Bloom
EU wavering on emission targets has given Drax stay of execution, but our energy crisis has only been deferred by UK begging, says UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom
In July, the EU will finalise its plans to postpone emissions reduction targets by three years, altering the industrial emissions directive.
"This extends the life of power stations in the UK, such as Drax, which were to be made illegal by the existing legislation, in 2016. This move has been attributed to requests from the UK government and energy suppliers, who say that the UK is not able to afford this move.
"Green campaigners are annoyed. The UK and EU economies face ruin. The UK coalition survives on the scantest of agreements between the parties, mostly on green issues. Yet the public are not convinced of the climate agenda, and the country faces a huge energy crisis. Things can only get darker," said Mr Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
"As the EU is bailing out its members to the tune of hundreds of billions of Euros, it is considering spending what little cash it has on making its energy supply “greener”.
"The UK, with its own financial crisis, is also obliged to reduce its carbon emissions. The absurdity of the situation has now been realised: we cannot afford to do this.
"But Britain was forced to beg the EU for more time to get its green credentials in order. We can’t even act independently of a crisis-ridden institution when our own institutions face a crisis.
"We might be grateful for this extra time, but the reality is that it merely gives the Con-LibDem coalition three more years to twiddle its thumbs, rather than address the real problems faced by this country: our obligations to the EU, and our looming energy crisis.
"The new Con-LibDem coalition government is no better placed to deal with the energy crisis than the previous government.
"Now that they have had to beg the EU for more time, they have exposed the hollowness of the climate agenda: i) it can’t solve the looming energy crisis; ii) conventional generation cannot be quickly, easily or cheaply replaced; iii) the green agenda is not capable of making money or jobs," said Mr Bloom, who is a member of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament.
"The choices that the government have to face could not be starker. Will we see more energy supply or will we see more of the export of British industry and jobs to overseas?
"Are our Prime Minister and his policymakers going to continue to obey the green lobby and the EU, or is he going to listen to the needs of his country?
"With the climate issue being the only thing that the two parties really agree on, how will the coalition balance its own political needs against the need to keep the lights on?
"Now that the myth of green economics is being revealed, and with the UK and EU economies in chaos, how are we going to begin economic recovery, and how is it going to be powered?" queried Mr Bloom.