Daily Mail – March 14, 2007
This article dictates how the UK is trying to become a “green” economy and every home in the UK should be ‘carbon neutral’ within 10 years. This is a very significant development that will obviously cost the UK a huge amount of money.
Homeowners who refuse to make their properties energy efficient will face financial penalties under drastic government plans to transform Britain into the world’s first ‘green’ economy.
They compared the scale of change that was necessary to reduce emissions by 60 per cent by 2050 to the industrial revolution of the 18th century.
Blair Gibbs, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s bad enough that politicians want to take so much of our money away in tax. For them also to intrude into our homes in order to have the ability to penalise us even further is simply unacceptable.”
A draft Climate Change Bill published yesterday dismissed sceptics, insisting there was ‘no longer any real debate’ that climate change was happening and man-made emissions were the main cause.
Mr Blair compared the fight against climate change to the battle against fascism. Labour’s legislation sets an interim target of a 26 per cent to 32 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, and 60 per cent by 2050.
A panel will advise ministers on carbon targets every five years. If they miss the figure, future governments will face court action. The draft Bill will now be subject to consultation, but the Government hopes it will be law by Easter 2008. Mr Brown, who doubled air passenger duty last year, said he would not impose further ‘green taxes’ on aviation in next week’s Budget.
British Airways bosses told MPs ticket hikes could result from plans to include airlines in an EU emissions trading scheme – in which firms receive credits which allow them to emit specific amounts of greenhouse gases, but have to buy more if they exceed their limit.
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