I have long argued for a coherent approach to the energy needs of this country.
UKIP Leader Gerard Batten today appointed fourteen new Spokesmen to various positions in the party. Mr Batten also re-confirmed the regional leadership for London, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
To The Editor,
I read with interest reports that President Trump's proposed budget was recommending cutting funds for renewable energy by up to a third.
It is almost as if he has read UKIP's policies on the topic!
I sit on the European Parliament's energy committee, (ITRE), so have a particular interest on this matter.
I recently spoke in Parliament on how we must achieve a balanced energy policy.
The EU Commission wants further help from Member States in meeting energy and climate targets. But what damage is being done trying to meet these artificial targets ?
The continued imposition by the Commission of never-ending objectives for emissions reductions is forcing the investment of vast amounts of money for activity that will have little or no effect on the climate. Global CO2 emissions will probably keep rising unaffected by these measures.
These policies are leading to a massive exit of industry and investment from EU countries to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards and could, ultimately, increase emissions of CO2. President Trump is reading from the same page it seems as he seeks to protect US interests.
Heavy industry including the cement, steel, aluminium and chemical sectors are moving factories and jobs out of the EU leading to a ‘leakage' of CO2 emissions without environmental benefits.
For our part, we need to stop this right now and have a balanced energy approach using methods which are competitive and work with industry not against it.
Jonathan Bullock, MEP for the East Midlands.