Europe will introduce a surprise new plan today to combat global warming, committing Britain and the rest of the EU to the most ambitious targets in the world. The plan proposes a massive increase in the target for cutting greenhouse has emissions in this decade.
The EU is determined to press ahead with the cuts despite the financial problems many countries are facing. The plan would cost the EU an extra £33 billion a year by 2020 according to a draft of the Commission's communication leaked to The Times. The existing target of a 20% cut is already due to cost £48 billion.
The Commission's argument is:
'... the lower target has become much easier to meet because of the recession, which resulted in the EU’s emissions falling more than 10 per cent last year as thousands of factories closed or cut production. Emissions last year were already 14 per cent below 1990 levels.
It's appalling we are associated with an organisation which uses the loss of businesses as a reason to increase costs of a dubious science. The spin-off could well mean higher utility bills, carbon taxes on road fuel and other sources of emissions could be introduced to claw the money from the struggling public.
How much more will we accept before we protest about our membership of the EU?