We have been assailed on all sides over the past ten years with taxes growing in size and scope aimed at controlling climate change. More than £500 million of the increase in the green taxes last year was due to rising renewable energy levies to subsidise the construction of wind and solar farms and other green technologies. Telegraph

The total which we pay to keep the consequences of the Climate Change Act fuelled with green tax and levies on our bills is astonishing. In 2012 this was £1,564. This is a big burden, but the tragedy is that it is all unnecessary as the evidence is on the side of there being no significant climate issue, and there has been no global warming in eighteen years.

To make matters worse, UK consumers are also now to fund free LED lighting for supermarkets. In a scheme announced by Ed Davey, the energy secretary, £20m of taxpayer cash will be put into a trial scheme in which businesses will be offered funding to carry out energy efficiency improvements. Supermarkets have shelves full of low energy LED bulbs; why they would need consumers’ money to acquire the bulbs and pay for them is something only Ed Davey could answer.

The cash will come through a billpayer-funded ‘capacity market’, at an estimated cost of £13 per household per year, will pay power plants retainers to guarantee their availability and also pay businesses to temporarily reduce their usage at times of peak demand. This is apparently a measure aimed at reducing demand, and compensating for the inability of renewables to provide power reliably, when diesel powered stand-by generators would otherwise have to be brought into action.

In Australia, the government has recently pushed through legislation to abandons disastrous green tax on emissions. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has won backing to end the tax on carbon dioxide emissions, signalling the pointlessness of such schemes.

“Tony Abbott, Australia’s centre-right Prime Minister, finally made good on his pre-election pledge after his government repealed the measure introduced by his Labor predecessor Julia Gillard.

Poorly thought out and highly unpopular, the tax is almost unique in that it generated virtually no revenue for the Australian Treasury due to its negative impact on productivity; contributed to the rising costs that have taken the gloss off the country’s resources boom; and essentially helped to bring down Ms Gillard’s former Government. ”

Philip Hutchings of wattsupwiththat had this to say:

That carbon tax has cost three prime ministerships, confused the voting population, and achieved pretty much nothing. Other market dynamics have been far more important in changing Australia’s greenhouse emissions, yet it’s politically insensitive to mention them.

The sanctimoniousness of such a tax in Australia is breathtaking. We are an energy heavy-weight, the world’s largest exporter of coal. Soon we will also be the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas.

It is interesting that green taxes resulted in the downfall of the previous Australian government. Once the figures for the high levels of green taxation on the UK become widely appreciated, and that such carbon reduction schemes are actually worthless, the UK electorate might yet strike a similar blow.

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