The realisation has finally dawned that the EU’s damaging green policies, which are driving up costs and undermining energy security, have been very damaging and must change, says Roger Helmer MEP.
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• Responding to a report on the European Commission's decision to ditch its renewable energy targets after 2020 UKIP Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer MEP said:
“I welcome this move by the European Commission to scrap renewable energy targets because this is good news for consumers, industry and the environment.
It is regrettable that they have come round to face the economic reality so late in the day but we in UKIP should celebrate ‘every sinner that repents’.
The realisation has finally dawned that the EU’s damaging green policies, which are driving up costs and undermining energy security, have been very damaging and must change.
The mindless rush towards expensive renewable energy is making European industry uncompetitive in the global market and blighting the British land and seascapes with ugly inefficient wind turbines.
I agree with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger when he says “Europe can’t afford a unilateral climate policy”, and EU industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani who has said that energy prices in the EU threaten “an industrial massacre”.
The rush to green energy is crushing British industry and pushing up fuel bills. It is British consumers who are paying the price for the Green Giant madness.
But what is UKIP’s solution, firstly energy policy should be in the sole prerogative of the British parliament, and secondly that policy as set in Britain should be radically changed.
“It is not just the European Commission which has caused a problem. The policies of successive UK governments are also to blame - for example Ed Miliband and his Climate Change Act. We in UKIP are committed to a policy of delivering secure affordable energy. We will do this by discontinuing renewable subsidies and focusing instead on reliable and proven energy sources such as coal, gas and nuclear. All the time keeping our eyes open to the potential of tidal energy.
Setting aside Brussels’ draconian rules and expensive Green energy targets the UK should start an urgent programme of new-build coal-fired power stations.
It is essential that we give the highest priority to shale gas exploration and development in the UK.”