LONDON’S Green MEP Jean Lambert has added her voice to the debate sparked by reports that Prime Minister David Cameron has described green levies on energy bills as ‘green crap’.
Ms Lambert has challenged the Prime Minister to set out some alternative proposals for reducing energy use and helping fund the next generation of clean, renewable power generation.
She said: “Given that the green taxes Mr Cameron is today reported to have described as ‘green crap’ are designed to reduce energy use and help pay for the next generation of power through clean renewable sources, the question is: how will he achieve those goals by other means?
“As over 60% of the rise in bills is due a rise in wholesale prices of energy from 2010 to 2012, how will bills be reduced if there is no comprehensive effort to reduce energy consumption and provide alternative, domestic renewable resources?
“There is much the Government could do to improve the way in which this money is spent in order to reduce the amount of energy people use and they should concentrate their attention there, not on cutting revenue for essential measures – unless they plan to pay for them in other ways, in which case – let’s hear those proposals, if they exist.”