Our Future Energy Security

Brexit offers the perfect opportunity to review energy policy, prioritising lower prices and more secure supplies.  There is one major problem: a lack of MPs in Westminster who recognise the potential of a rational energy policy, and who are committed to delivering it.
Every political party except UKIP has thrown  its weight behind the 2008 Climate Change  Act. Set to cost us an eye-watering £319 billion  by 2030, this Act has no basis in science, and  its aim of cutting greenhouse gases by  80 per cent by 2050 is unachievable. It is a textbook exercise in legislative folly, brought  about by nothing more than a competitive crossparty ‘dash for green.’ 
While our major global competitors in the USA, China and India are switching to low-cost fossil fuels, this Act forces us to close perfectly good coal-fired power stations to meet unattainable targets for renewable capacity. If we carry on like this, the lights are likely to go out. 
UKIP will repeal the 2008 Climate Change Act and support a diverse energy market based on coal, nuclear, shale gas, conventional gas, oil, solar and hydro, as well as other renewables when they can be delivered at competitive prices. We will also withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to enhance our industrial competitiveness.  
CUTTING DOMESTIC ENERGY PRICES According to government figures, 2.3 million households are living in fuel poverty, meaning they spend more than 10per cent of their total income to heat their homes to an adequate standard of warmth. 
In addition to removing VAT from domestic fuel and scrapping ‘green’ levies to reduce household bills by an average of £170, we will review the ownership and profits of British utilities and the impact on consumers of steadily rising prices. We will not hesitate to table legislation to address any excesses  we uncover. 
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Our Future Energy Security
CUTTING THE COST OF INTENSIVE ENERGY USE Repealing the Climate Change Act and leaving the EU means we can also reduce high commercial energy prices and prevent energy-intensive businesses from being driven offshore. Problems in the steel industry have been well publicised, but similar issues apply to aluminium, chemicals, fertilisers, glass, ceramics and petroleum refining. Such companies may move to countries with lower environmental standards, and increase emissions, thereby rendering the 2008 Act even more futile. 
Energy policies pursued by Labour and the Tories are arguably increasing global emissions and causing Britain to lose jobs and investment. They have created a lose-lose situation, but only UKIP is awake to the problem.  
INVESTING IN SHALE GAS British demand for energy already exceeds our homeproduced supply and unless we reduce this deficit, we will be importing more and more energy. This risks both our energy and pur economic security: bills will have to be paid for in foreign currency over which we have no control, and fossil fuel cost 
and distribution can be severely affected by international conflict. It would be foolhardy not to maximise home produced energy and this is why UKIP will invest in shale gas exploration. If ‘fracking’ is viable in Britain, we will have tapped into a source of energy that is cost-effective and delivers domestic fuel security and stability.  
Careful utilisation of this method of gas extraction has the potential to create jobs, improve our industrial competitiveness and boost our economy. This makes it too great an opportunity to ignore. By any measure, shale gas extraction is far safer and cleaner than coal, on which Britain’s Industrial Revolution was based. 
UKIP will not, however, allow drilling for shale in our national parks or other areas of outstanding natural beauty. The Conservatives may be prepared to do this, but we are not. We will always respect local environmental issues. 
• Prevent energy companies charging extra for customers who use pre-payment meters, who do not pay by direct debit, or who require paper billing
• Remove taxpayer-funded subsidies from unprofitable  wind and solar schemes as soon as contractual  arrangements expire.