For once, we all agree. 82% of people want to see more renewable energy. Yet George Osborne is still trying to keep us hooked on fossil fuels. On Tuesday, MPs must pick a side.
Some things aren’t up for debate.
They’re facts. Like death, or taxes - or cleaning up our power system. If we want to tackle climate change, we are going to have to close dirty coal and gas power stations and start generating low-carbon, renewable electricity.
The only thing left to argue about is when we make the switch.
Most people - and you can count me amongst them - think it will be cheaper and easier to make the switch now. The Committee on Climate Change thinks that switching nice and early could save every family in Britain £1,600.
Yet some people in government don’t seem to get it. Like the Chancellor, George Osborne, who’s trying to stop MPs from cleaning up our power.
I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that his father-in-law is a fossil fuel lobbyist.
Now Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four accountancy firms, has warned that Osborne is putting off investors. The private sector is getting spooked, and is talking about investing overseas instead of in the UK. If that happens, we would miss out on thousands of jobs designing, manufacturing and installing wind turbines, solar panels and other types of renewable energy.
This is madness, but it’s not too late to stop it.
On Tuesday, MPs will vote on our energy future. If they stand up to Osborne and put a clean power target into the Energy Bill, we can boost our economy and help tackle climate change.