aLord Nigel Lawson has warned the UK Government is putting ‘green ideology’ ahead of the welfare of families and the competitiveness of British business.
The Helm Review suggested maintaining current policies would perpetuate the ‘crisis mentality’ of the energy sector, continue unnecessary high costs, perpetuate fuel poverty, weaken industrial competitiveness and undermine public support for decarbonisation.
Lord Lawson said: “Greg Clark is repeating all the mistakes of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. As Dieter Helm’s excellent report shows, government planning, picking losers and second guessing the market is a disaster in the making.
“In particular I take exception to Mr. Clark’s shameless misrepresentation of my views to falsely assert that high energy costs are good for business competitiveness. Mr. Clark admits that British businesses face the highest energy costs in Europe. Mr. Clark’s energy policies are the real threat to their continued survival.”
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