Real Progress means investing in sources of energy like offshore wind farms, wave and solar power that don’t cause global warming. Real Progress means being more energy efficient so that we don’t generate power just to waste it. It means ensuring Britain is part of one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Europe. There are more than 200,000 jobs just waiting to be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, organic faming, recycling and public transport.
Unfounded support for fracking puts corporate wealth before public health.
Fracking will accelerate dangerous climate change, worsen our dependency on increasingly expensive fossil fuels and forfeit investment in the clean energy sources we need and the many thousands of resulting jobs. Fracking will not prevent significant gas price increases according to the government, which continues to ignore the many differences from the US situation. Read more about fracking here.
Around 30,000 people- mainly older people and the very young- die in this country every year because poverty prevents them from properly heating their homes. The cost to the NHS alone has been estimated at £1 billion each year. Real Progress would be directing fuel grants and payments to the people that need them.
Real Progress means stopping a nuclear industry that can’t even stand on its own feet. Nuclear power gets nearly two million pounds of our money in subsidies every day – enough to employ fifteen thousand extra teachers.
Real Progress means choosing clean, honest, reliable energy we can trust – not clinging to a failed nuclear dream.
Gina Dowding, one the 7 Green councillors in Lancaster, blew the whistle on Lancaster City Council allowing the local nuclear plant to get away with putting off paying its business rates at a cost to local taxpayers of £18000. Green MEP Caroline Lucas dug further and sparked a European Commission legal investigation that uncovered a vast web of subsidies paid by the Labour government to dinosaur nuclear companies that costs the British people 100s of millions of pounds every year.