On Saturday 27th September around one thousand people gathered in Doncaster to demonstrate against UKIP, then holding their party conference in the town. This protest was organised by Stand UP to UKIP http://standuptoukip.org/
We were keen to oppose UKIP’s divisive right wing populism. We were keen to raise awareness of an important element of this: its denial of climate change.
Nigel Farage has said. “We may have made one of the biggest and most stupid collective mistakes in history by getting so worried about global warming.”
UKIP want to
- Scrap the Climate Act
- End any subsidies for renewables
- Expand fracking and nuclear power.
- Re-open coal mines.
- Pull out of the EU Large Combustion Plan Directive, limiting emissions of sulphur, nitrogen oxides and other pollutants from power stations.
Not only would these policies exacerbate climate change but they would also have disastrous short term effects. We would lose jobs in the green economy, increase deaths from air pollution (already 1,600 people are dying each year in the UK as a result of pollution from coal fired power stations), increase fuel bills (certainly by the 2020s) and expose us to the air and water pollution associated with fracking.
We believe that UKIP’s climate and energy policy is just as much an attack on the people of this country as its policies on Europe, immigration and tax.
1) Nigel Farage quotation from ‘Climate Change sceptics and deniers’ top quotes as IPCC publishes landmark global warming report’ (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/26/climate-change-sceptics_n_3995552.html
2) Climate and Energy Policy ‘It’s Time to Challenge UKIP over its Climate Change Denial’ (New Statesman) Bob Ward, Grantham Research Institute. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/05/its-time-challenge-ukip-over-its-climate-change-denial
3) ‘UKIP steps up assault on green policies with renewed pledge to repeal Climate Change Act’ (Business Green) http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/analysis/2361279/ukip-steps-up-assault-on-green-policies-with-renewed-pledge-to-repeal-climate-change-act
4) UKIP’s energy policy: lots of fracking, little evidence (Carbon Brief) , Mat Hope. http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2013/09/ukip%E2%80%99s-energy-policy-lots-of-fracking,-little-evidence-base/
5) ‘Charity says coal-burning kills 1,600 a year as MPs vote on tighter controls’ (The Guardian) Rowena Mason, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/02/coal-kills-1600-vote-tighter-controls
6) ‘Green taxes fight energy bills not fuel them’ (The Guardian) Damian Carrington, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2013/oct/10/green-taxes-energy-bill-fuel-sse-price-rising
7) ‘Next steps on electricity market reform- securing the benefits of low carbon investment’ (The Climate Change Committee) (http://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/next-steps-on-electricity-market-reform-23-may-2013/
8) ‘Switch to low-carbon future would save households £1, 600’ (The Independent), Tom Bawden. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/switch-to-lowcarbon-future-would-save-households-1600-8628138.html
9) Energy Bill Revolution campaign against fuel poverty – outlining how a programme of increasing energy efficiency of homes would create 100,000 jobs and address the fact that cold homes cost the NHS £1.3 billion per year. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/switch-to-lowcarbon-future-would-save-households-1600-8628138.html
10) ‘’Baseless economics’: Lord Stern on David Cameron’s claims that a UK fracking boom can bring down price of gas’ (The Independent) Tom Bawden, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/baseless-economics-lord-stern-on-david-camerons-claims-that-a-uk-fracking-boom-can-bring-down-price-of-gas-8796758.html
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