e-news 23rd October 2015

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Chinese finance deal on Hinkley
Molly has responded angrily to the news that the Chinese government has agreed to pump £6bn into the new nuclear power station at Hinkley. The agreement was signed when Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Chinese President Xi Jinping during his state visit to the UK. Molly says:

“This is nothing short of a national disgrace, a terrible deal which will result in the world’s most expensive power plant and massively overpriced electricity. People will continue to die of the cold and live in fuel poverty as a result of Cameron’s decision to kowtow to the Chinese Communist Party and appease the City of London. This is all the more tragic as we know renewable energy can deliver energy security more quickly, more cheaply and provide thousands more quality jobs.”

Molly recently attended a pop-up protest at the Hinkley Point nuclear site with the Vice President of the French Assembly, Denis Baupin. They joined protesters and a large white elephant outside the gates of Hinkley to highlight the ‘triple risks’ of Hinkley: risks to security, the risk of an energy gap and the risks associated with Chinese ownership of the plant. More on this story

Molly has pledged to continue the fight against Hinkley, saying is still has a number of hurdles to jump:
“There’s the Austrian legal challenge to contend with for a start and on-going doubts as to whether the design for Hinkley’s reactors will ever be viable or workable. I myself am challenging Hinkley through the European Commission on the basis that it represents unfair competition under EU competition law. Rest assured, I, together with many others, will continue to oppose this white elephant every step of the way.”

Molly slams government over solar subsidies
Molly Scott Cato, has used a government consultation on the review of the Feed-in Tariffs scheme to slam the government over its policies on renewable energy. She accuses the government of setting about to destroy the renewables sector, risking thousands of jobs and sending shock waves through a successful and growing industry. She says:

“The Feed in Tariff (FiT) has been a great success. It has enabled hundreds of thousands of homes, communities and businesses to generate their own energy and has led to the price of solar power reducing to a point where it is possible to imagine it competing without subsidy in the near future. But the government proposals for dramatic cuts in the FiT risks bringing this success story to a sudden halt. The proposals also cast serious doubt over the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change and undermines David Cameron’s credibility further in the run up to the COP 21 climate talks in Paris.”
More on this story

News in brief…
Molly has welcomed the U-turn by the Commission on VAT for small digital businesses. She was the first British MEP to take seriously the threat to small businesses from the VAT changes introduced at the beginning of the year.

Molly has highlighted the fact that the South West contains two areas that top the poll of the highest proportion of jobs paying below the living wage. This story was well picked up by local papers across the region.

A new report, commissioned by Molly and written by Professor Victor Anderson, has been launched in the European Parliament. Entitled Controlling Carbon, it suggests a new way forward on tackling the carbon emissions responsible for climate change.