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Two thirds worried about foreign countries keeping Britain's lights on

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11 Jun 2019
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It’s not radical to demand an energy solution that reduces emissions, creates decent UK jobs and keeps lights on says GMB

Two thirds (68%) of people are worried about the UK becoming too dependent on energy from other countries, an exclusive new poll reveals.

Conducted by Survation on behalf of GMB the survey – also shows 50% of people are worried about power cuts becoming more frequent.

The figures are release as GMB General Secretary Tim Roache tells GMB’s Annual congress in Brighton today ‘No fight in the coming years will be bigger than that around energy and climate change’.

More than half (51%) of those surveyed think the renewable energy revolution should be paid for by corporation business tax – not bills or income tax.

The results also show:

·       70% agree the Government should prioritise creating well paid and skilled jobs in the UK with contracts to develop renewable energy even if it that may not be the cheapest option. Only 18% support the lowest price no matter where approach.

·       59% say if a political party produced a plan to create more green manufacturing jobs in the UK, they would be more likely to support this party.

·      78% of the public believe the Government should fund the development of the renewables industry – but only 20% of people think it should be funded primarily through customer’s electricity or gas bills. Instead a majority (51%) believe it should be funded primarily through corporation and business taxes. 14% believe it should be paid primarily through income tax. 

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

 

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“No fight in the coming years will be bigger than that around energy and climate change.”

“It has become typical that when renewable energy on our shores, the wind turbines were manufactured in Scandinavia, transported to Britain on Dutch barges and connected into our grid with Chinese cables. That means that the vast majority of cash spent on renewables in this country has passed our economy by.”

 “It shouldn’t be seen as radical to want an energy solution that reduces emissions, creates decent jobs, keeps the lights on and economy moving and doesn’t fleece the average bill payer. It should be political, economic and moral common sense.

“That means fighting for investment in nuclear and hydrogen to decarbonise our energy network while protecting jobs – and a nationwide scheme to insulate homes and businesses.

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