Britain’s hidden fossil fuel subsidies | Letter

Joan Walley says it’s time the government admitted that the fossil fuel industry gets a lot more help from UK taxpayers than appears on the balance sheetFurther evidence that Britain leads the EU in giving subsidies to fossil fuels (Report, 24 January) highlights yet again the urgency of rebalancing UK energy subsidies.Back in 2013-14 the environmental audit select committee found that “energy subsidies in the UK are running at about £12bn a year, much directed at fossil fuels”. It concluded that “the absence of any internationally agreed definition of what constitutes energy subsidy has provided a way for the government to reject – erroneously in our view – the proposition in some areas that it provides energy subsidies”. Continue reading...

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