Thursday 23 November 2017

A lot of questions – but very little in way of answers

Flogas to raise prices as electricity firms offer discounts
Flogas to raise prices as electricity firms offer discounts
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THERE's no one solution to meeting our future energy needs. The Green Paper sets out a range of options to help reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, while producing cheap and reliable sources of power for homes and businesses.

The paper sets out a series of questions, rather than presenting policy decisions for comment. This approach has been criticised by the Green Party, which said the Government had replaced "ambition with caution".

Given that the job of government is to lead, there's some merit to this argument. But foisting a range of options onto a public already embittered by pylons, wind farms and a perceived lack of consultation is probably not the wisest form of action at this point.

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