Green zealots to blame for imminent loss of steel making in the UK, by Bill Carmichael. RIP British steel, an industry destroyed by mad eco-loons, which we couldn’t save because the EU wouldn’t allow us to.
TAKE a bow, you fashionable eco-warriors and your craven enablers in the political establishment. Give yourselves a hearty pat on the back, because you have achieved something quite remarkable – the complete destruction of a once great British industry and the loss of tens of thousands of jobs.
Sacrificed to ignorance over global warming:
Back in 2008 … the then Climate Change Secretary, Ed Miliband, decided to make British energy the most expensive in the world. Guenther Oettinger, a German politician who was then the EU’s Energy Commissioner, warned that a target of a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases would lead to the “de-industrialisation” of Europe and the loss of thousands of jobs. Miliband and his merry band of eco-zealots … imposed a 50 per cent cut in greenhouse gases plus a whole range of green taxes to artificially force up the price of energy.
As a result, British firms pay twice as much for electricity as companies in France and substantially more than our competitors around the world including in Europe and the USA. And of course in China … [they] continue to burn cheap coal and subsidise steel manufacturing with the result that Chinese steel sells at about half the price of UK produced steel.
Even if the carbon dioxide theory of global warming was correct, replacing British-made steel with Chinese-made steel would make no difference to the planet. That the carbon dioxide theory rests on a simple modeling error by the climate scientists makes it all doubly stupid and pointless.
The United States … quickly imposed tariffs of 266 per cent on imported Chinese steel, thereby protecting domestic manufacturers and saving American jobs. But the unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels tell us we are not allowed to impose our own tariffs.