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Ten Years On, The UK Climate Change Act Is Harming The Poor

London, 22 November: At an event last night in the House of Commons, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) launched a new report HERE, reviewing the economic and social impact after ten years of the UK’s Climate Change Act (CCA).

The Climate Change Act at Ten: History’s Most Expensive Virtue Signal, written by Rupert Darwall, a leading climate and energy policy analyst, describes the economic and social burden the Act has had on the poorest in society:

“Fuel poverty was to have been a thing of the past. Both the Labour and Coalition governments had targets to abolish it. Thanks to the CCA and other anti-fossil-fuel policies, it lives on and is worsening,” Darwall explains.

In 2008, a huge majority of MPs voted to write climate change targets into UK law. Only 5 MPs voted against the Bill in the face of Parliamentary group-think.

Reflecting on ten years of the Climate Change Act, Peter Lilley, now Lord Lilley, said:

“I decided to vote against the Climate Change Act when I read the Impact Assessment which showed that the potential cost was twice the prospective benefit. Ten years later the costs are coming home to roost and the benefits remain illusory.”

Ten years on, the Climate Change Act has burdened consumers with extraordinary costs.

According to official figures, the cost of meeting the Act will rise from £327 per household per year in 2014, to £875 in 2030 — a cumulative extra £10,800 burden on each household over the period.

The only groups to have benefitted from the act are renewable energy generators, land owners and subsidy-hungry investors looking for profits guaranteed by government.

Rather than solving climate change, the only detectable effect of the Climate Change Act has been to sustain levels of energy poverty that politicians from all parties had promised to abolish.

The problems caused by the Act have forced politicians to abandon the most vulnerable in society, and to patch policy failure with ever more complex and unworkable interventions.

To find out more about the UK’s Climate Change Act and its many problems, download our new report HERE or watch our new video HERE about the CCA’s economic and social harm.

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  1. Kelvin Jones

    November 23, 2018 at 8:28 am

    It is no surprise that the current energy policies used by UK, Australia and many other countries, will in the majority of cases, result in degraded standards of living for the populous. This will manifest itself in various ways dependent on the structures of renewable energy policies of the respective nation.

    It is energy, both primary (food) and secondary (man’s technology derived energy) that drives the monetary economy .. NOT the other way around.

    If you substitute a lower performing energy system especially on an industrial society, then that society will suffer. In our monetary economic system, effectively the rich stay energy rich and the poor get energy poorer. Whilst the rich do not get energy richer, they maintain their energy wealth at the expense of the poor.

    The only technology for most industrial nations to maintain the energy status quo and reduce greenhouse is to go nuclear. That includes Australia.

    Going off fossil fuel is far more complex than sticking up numerous windmills and pathetic solar panels and grossly polluting extremely expensive low energy density batteries.

    It is not that renewables cannot power a society, it’s just that that society will have to adjust to the limitations of the new technology.

    In the meantime NUCLEAR base-load is needed to enable a renewable transition for industrialised societies. Lower demand areas are the areas where renewables can currently make the greatest effective ingress on fossil fuel dependency.

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