Clegg's warning on green levy is right
Commenting on Nick Clegg’s warning today that stripping green levies from energy bills would be an "own goal", Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said:
“Nick Clegg is right - it’s the rocketing price of gas that’s the driving force behind soaring energy bills, and the Government must meet this head on if it’s serious about helping cash-strapped households.
“To tackle the rising fuel bills that ordinary families face the Government must roll back the influence the Big Six energy companies have on the market.
“The Coalition should urgently develop a comprehensive programme to insulate Britain's woefully heat-leaking homes - its disastrous Green Deal has only been taken up by a handful of households and is risking jobs in the energy efficiency sector.
“Long-term we must cut the costly, dirty gas we burn in our power stations too, which will only be possible if the Liberal Democrats support a clean power target in the Government's Energy Bill.”
Notes to editors:
1. The Committee on Climate Change, the Government’s statutory advisor on the economics of carbon reduction, notes that only 83p per month (£10/year) of the current price rises is likely to be down to low-carbon policies – it is the rising price of gas that is the main culprit.
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