The Letters Editor,
I recently ventured a light-hearted Tweet criticising “Earth Hour”, and you saw fit to report this in a piece describing me as “an idiot”.
Surely the real idiots are those, like Ed Davey, who support a totally counter-productive and perverse UK/EU energy policy, which is doing untold economic damage, while arguably increasing global emissions.
We have turned our back on low-cost generation like coal, and invested heavily in expensive and intermittent renewables. Energy costs are now driving energy-intensive industries out of the EU altogether, taking their jobs and their investment with them, and damaging our trade balance. Former EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani has said “We are creating an industrial massacre in Europe”.
Often these firms go to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, thus increasing emissions per unit of production. A recent report by Vivid Economics for DECC showed that imported refined petroleum products involve 35% higher emissions than equivalent products refined in the UK
ROGER HELMER MEP
Note to Editor: The Vivid Economics Report: