EDITOR – The poor old British consumer will be overjoyed no doubt by the knowledge that their self-sacrifice during the month of December 2011 (according to Mr Pocklington) saved all of 750,000 tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere.
Unfortunately, the rest of the world in that month was emitting over 2.8,000,000,000 tonnes, which makes all our exertions something of a total waste of time.
Charity should begin at home as more than 5.5 million households are suffering from fuel poverty in this country, many being forced to choose between heating or eating.
Research by Age UK last month found that two million elderly people are so cold that they go to bed when they’re not tired in an attempt to keep energy bills down and more than two-fifths of people surveyed admitted to turning their heating down even when cold.
Meanwhile the Big Six energy suppliers (four foreign-owned) increased their profit margins by 733 per cent in just three months last year. Average household bills have doubled in the last six years and, as I pointed out, with this Government’s obsession with wind turbines they are about to go sky-high.
With an estimated 3,000 winter deaths that are caused every year by fuel poverty right now – we ain’t seen nothing yet.
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