As energy poverty pain starts to kick in this Northern winter, with colder averages combining with spiking energy prices due to myriad poor policy choices, many involving negative attitudes to fossil fuels and nuclear, will the realities of middle class life and the diminishing ability of many to continue in the comfy lives they have become accustomed to be the straws that break the camel’s back?!

“What, you mean it’s going to cost me that much, and I’ll have to completely change my behaviour??”

In the article referenced below many of the commentators look at this type of issue as it plays out in new taxes, but, incredibly (or perhaps not, knowing the state of play we have arrived at) they suggest the solution is continuing on a pathway that does not include all forms of energy, working together to ensure the market is as well supplied as possible.

The immoral insistence on ending the primary source of the planet’s energy supplies over the last 180 years or so will not allow anything like an optimised energy market, and thereby address energy poverty in the best possible way. How can the best solution to any problem involve removing viable options completely from the table?

And what do we get instead?

A focus on just a few energy types, most of which are unproven at the massive levels required to supply humanity and unavailable across many regions of the world, all in a bid to control the global climate, against all precedent, scientific evidence and with very high chances of complete failure.

What a great trade-off for the world’s energy poor…

KEY QUOTE:

A common features we see in each country where Euroconsumers is active are the high taxes and all kinds of levies paid by consumers in their gas and electricity bills.

These are turning energy bills into an extra tax sheet. If we want to keep energy affordable for all consumers, especially during the green transition, we need to do something about this.

Whether you have a low or high income, the taxes and levies remain the same. This means reducing energy bills to what they are supposed to be – a payment for getting actual gas or electricity.

Making a tax shift is now becoming an urgent priority.

ARTICLE / SOURCE:

Consumer group: ‘Middle class people are also very much affected by rising energy prices’ – Euractiv