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Man-Made Energy Crisis

October 8, 2013

First the Labour party and now the Tories and Lib Dems have deliberately adopted or reinforced a set of deranged energy policies that are pushing us ever closer to the brink of catastrophe.—Allister Heath, City A.M. 8 October 2013

Business groups have attacked the Government’s energy strategy after National Grid revealed that the risk of winter blackouts was the highest for more than five years. UK business leaders said the energy crunch meant spot prices for electricity were likely to go even higher. John Longworth, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said that unless ministers took some “long term” decisions British manufacturers might be forced to relocate overseas.—Steve Hawkes, The Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2013

A fortnight ago, Mr Miliband electrified (sorry) the conference season by offering to freeze fuel prices for 20 months if Labour returns to power. The politics continue to reverberate as the Tories try to answer the Labour leader with a populist lunge of their own. Whatever they say in public to deplore Mr Miliband’s reliance on the politics of gimmickry, Downing Street and the Treasury are now hard at work cooking up cost-of-living wheezes of their own. This is why Britain’s energy crisis is likely to become the dominant issue of the general election.—Benedict Brogan, The Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2013

By 2017 – halfway through the next parliament – whoever is in charge will have to explain how British politicians allowed the country to go dark, and why we have been left at the mercy of foreign suppliers. The question is a simple one: which party can you trust to keep the lights on in 2015? The answer is illuminating: for the moment, none of them.—Benedict Brogan, The Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2013

Shale gas companies operating in Europe will soon have to monitor, log and account for methane emissions at drill sites or else face regulation, the EU’s top climate officer has said. Asked whether there should be mandatory testing for methane leaks at European shale drills, Jos Delbeke, the director of the European Commission’s climate department told EurActiv: “We must know what the methane emissions are going to be. Either the companies are going to put it on the table or a regulation is going to come at the European level,” he added.—EurActiv, 7 October 2013

The Tories heaped scorn on Mr Miliband when he made the promise a fortnight ago, while furious energy giants claimed the lights would go out. But Mr Cameron has back-tracked and admitted: “He definitely struck a chord. People are struggling. There’s a certain amount you can do freezing prices.” But he added: “At the end of the day, the way you help people is more jobs, better jobs and keeping their taxes down.”—The Mirror, 8 October 2013

Credit To:  Benny Peiser / Canada Free Press

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