Hodjanernes Blog

13 juni 2012

Vandmelonerne (grønne udenpå – røde indeni) vil aldrig lade dig få billigere energi

Uanset hvor store mængder vi kommer til at producere i fremtiden.

Fra The Guardians miljøblog: Why climate change needs higher energy bills

So the environment movement needs to perform a difficult balancing act. On the one hand it must defend environmental policies economically and show that it cares about rising bills. On the other, it needs to avoid adding yet more weight to the cultural expectation for – and political prioritisation of – cheaper energy. If that expectation is too great, then green policies will come under increasing stress in the coming decade as their costs increase, and anything that boosts gas supplies in the meantime (such as the EU’s plan to support gas as a low-carbon fuel) will be easier to justify politically.

Of course, whatever happens we’re going to need much more effort to combat fuel poverty. For as long as vulnerable people are suffering in freezing homes, we’re failing as a society. But solving that problem means targeted anti-poverty assistance – not lower bills for everyone, which would tend to incentivise more consumption across the board.

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