Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Britain is preparing to ditch EU Green Targets, on the grounds they promote useless renewables at the expense of plausible solutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, such as nuclear power.
Britain preparing to scrap EU green energy targets as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit
Steven Swinford, deputy political editor 14 APRIL 2017 • 10:00PM
Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit.
The UK is currently committed to getting 15 per cent of all energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020.
Ministers have long been critical of the targets because they exclude nuclear power, carbon capture or gains from energy efficiency.
The UK is currently on course to miss the target and incur millions of pounds in fines from the European Union.
It comes after civil service documents, photographed on a trade, revealed that Britain plans to scale down its concern over climate change after Brexit.
The notes say: “Trade and growth are now priorities for all posts — you will all need to prioritise developing capability in this area.
Some economic security-related work like climate change and illegal wildlife trade will be scaled down.”
As British politicians have realised, nuclear power might currently be more expensive than fossil fuels, but the extra expense is not prohibitive. As France has demonstrated since the 1970s, nuclear power is a viable, dispatchable, emission free replacement for fossil fuels.
Intermittent, unreliable Renewables most definitely are not a viable replacement for fossil fuels.