The Daily Mail's volley of contradictory numbers attacking green
energy is continuing. This week they are aided by the release of a
new book, Let
Them Eat Carbon, by the free market TaxPayers' Alliance.
In an editorial
entitled "No room for dogma in these hard times", the newspaper
discussed the impact of rising fuel and food prices on households.
"…the Mail urges ministers to do what they can to ease the
corrosive effects of inflation by halting their politically correct
obsession with green energy taxes. As we reveal today, EU emissions
directives alone are costing households up to £115 a year - money
that is desperately needed elsewhere in the economy."
The estimate that "EU emissions directives alone" are costing
households up to £115 a year appeared to be based on the following
outlined elsewhere in the paper and sourced to the TaxPayers'
"Figures show the Trading Emissions Scheme, which caps
businesses' carbon emissions, cost UK consumers £1.9billion last
year, equivalent to £75 per family.
"The Renewables Obligation, under which energy companies have to
invest in alternative energy sources, costs £1.1billion, or £40 per
"These schemes are in addition to [other hidden] green taxes
consumers pay in their energy bills."
£75 plus £40 is £115.