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Double whammy from green taxes (Daily Mail)

    Daily Mail report on the CPS publication 'The Atomic Clock' by Tony Lodge. 

    "Britons face soaring costs for fuel and family holidays as a result of green taxes, experts warn today.

    A leading energy analyst has predicted that one in three households will face fuel poverty if the Government does not back a new era of nuclear power.

    In a separate report, think-tank Civitas says that environmental charges imposed on airlines by Brussels from this week mean that a family of four will have to pay an extra £130 for return flights to the U.S. by the end of the decade.

    The fuel poverty claim is made by Tony Lodge, a former adviser to the Conservatives, in a report from the Centre for Policy Studies. 

    He warns that failure to build new atomic plants will leave the country reliant on expensive foreign gas; the expense of importing this would then be passed on to customers through higher fuel bills.

    Britain’s existing nuclear power plants are due to close within a few years. 

    As a result, the country’s nuclear capacity will fall by  75 per cent.

    A number of coal-fired plants are also set to shut, as the Government strives to meet EU targets for reducing carbon emissions.

    Wind farms – funded by green taxes on homes and businesses – will not be able to cover the resulting energy shortfall, Mr Lodge warns.

    To continue reading the full article at the Mail Online, click here

    Date added: Wednesday 4th January 2012