By Paul Homewood

h/t Patsy Lacey

If you can’t beat it, tax it!

Household heating bills could be hiked to fund green energy projects for the fight against global warming, one of the country’s largest gas network owners has told MPs.

Gus McIntosh, director of energy futures at Scotia Gas Networks, pointed to the success of levies on electricity bills that have helped subsidise the shift to renewable power.

He said: “I think you could mirror that on the gas side. If gas customers are paying for it as the polluter, they would then get the benefit of that decarbonisation through the gas system, and I think that’s quite a good model.”

Mr McIntosh was speaking to MPs on the business, energy and industrial strategy select committee, who are examining the Government’s plans to cut carbon emissions from the heating system by moving to natural gas alternatives such as hydrogen, biomethane and electric heat pumps. Around 20pc of the UK’s emissions come from heating buildings and water, but ditching the natural gas system will be costly and complicated.

In which world are levies on electricity bills are deemed to be a success, I have no idea, but it certainly is not this one.

Weaning the public off of cheap gas is going to be hugely problematic, and could well end up in a new version of the poll tax revolt. Hence the need to start jacking up gas prices now, in the hope that the gullible will blame it on the wicked energy companies, and not the real architects.

And I bet my last dollar that not one singly MP on that committee stood up and objected!


February 15, 2021 at 05:51AM