A new report by Government advisers has found that UK manufacturers pay much more for their electricity than those in other countries. The reason is climate change levies. To regular readers of this site this isn't news, but now it's officially recognised.
Industry groups said that the report was extremely worrying and was likely to force firms abroad. The report, by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, looked at iron and steel, aluminium, cement and chemicals industries in 11 countries.
These industries are energy-intensive and in the UK they employ 600,000 people. They contribute about £50 billion to the economy.
The green taxes, per megawatt hour, on top of the electricity price, are as follows:
Green taxes in the other six countries were lower.
The director of UK Steel, Ian Rodgers, said that the findings were extremely worrying.
Last May, for example, Tata Steel made 1500 people redundant, and this they attributed to the climate change policies making their energy too expensive.
The Government has committed to cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 80% (on 1990 levels) by 2050, in spite of the fact that there is no evidence for man-made carbon dioxide levels affecting global temperature. NASA confirms that there has been no rise in the earth's temperature for about fifteen years.
The report also criticised the Carbon Price Floor, another Climate Tax, which will require firms to pay £16 per ton of carbon dioxide emitted, from next year. This will presumably encourage firms to move to countries with less strict rules.
The rules are self-imposed by the UK government.
I thought that a government's duty was to devise policies which benefited its own people, the top three being defence, secure borders, and employment.
The Climate Change Act, the most expensive Act ever to be passed by Parliament, should be repealed with immediate effect.
The wind turbines you see all over the country are part of this Act.
They generate electricity intermittently, often at the wrong time, and at twice the price of conventional gas, coal or nuclear power stations.