Back to coal says Johnson as energy crisis puts carbon-zero plan on indefinite hold

Carry on polluting: Boris Johnson’s – and Tory in general – short-sightedness means coal-fired power plants will remain open for the foreseeable future. He’s blackmailing us by saying it’s that or power cuts when winter comes.

How fortuitous for fossil fuel profiteers.

Boris Johnson’s government has ordered Britain’s last coal-fired power plants to remain open this winter after predictions warned up to six million households could be affected by power cuts.

The excuse is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but it’s really because successive Tory governments since 2010 have ignored renewable energy sources in favour of helping fossil fuel corporations maintain their profits by stinking up the country with their greenhouse gas pollutants.

Downing Street confirmed a request had been made to keep coal power plants running, which had been scheduled to wind down operations by the autumn.

The move has raised questions about whether plans to slash carbon emissions were still on track, as the heavily polluting fuel source had been due to be phased out.

A Government spokesman has said it was still committed to ending coal power use by 2024.

Yeah, right. And what excuse will they use when 2024 rolls around and it still hasn’t been turned off?

Source: Government sneaks out bad news under the cover of the Queen’s Jubilee

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