Britain’s new government is about to get rid of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the country’s global warming bureaucracy, according to a report published Thursday in The Financial Times.
Officials told the Times that some DECC functions will be outright abolished while others will be handed back to the country’s business department. The DECC has only existed since October of 2008, making it a relatively new agency.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s new conservative government is still holding back on the details of the decision. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom told a Labour Member of Parliament “he’ll have to wait and see” on whether or not the DECC will actually be axed, according to the Financial Times.
Left wing politicians and green groups are already panicking about the end of the DECC and have publicly stated it would mean Britain’s government isn’t taking global warming seriously.
Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has cut green subsidies to protect consumers and the industry from expensive energy bills, which were roughly 54 percent higher than American energy bills in 2014. Energy taxes cost Britis roughly $6.6 billion every year.
Britain has been slashing green energy subsidies since last July, when government cut funds that exceeded spending caps. Government green energy taxes currently account for seven percent of the average household’s energy bill, according to the UK’s Office of Gas and Electricity Markets. Other British environmental taxes such as tariffs and carbon taxation commitments are expected to rise from $8.5 billion in 2015 to $19.3 billion in 2020, according to DECC reports. The potential end of the DECC means that those taxes may not rise as planned.
Polling indicates that energy prices were so high that 38 percent of British households have cut back essential purchases, like food, to pay their energy bills. Another 59 percent of homes were worried about how they are going to pay energy bills.
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