A new study has debunked the idea that "transitioning to renewables is too expensive" so comprehensively that anyone who continues to make this claim is either shilling for the energy industry or completely ignorant of the facts. Either way, no such person should be a lawmaker in this country or anywhere in the world.

A new study has debunked the idea that "transitioning to renewables is too expensive" so comprehensively that anyone who continues to make this claim is either shilling for the energy industry or completely ignorant of the facts. Either way, no such person should be a lawmaker in this country or anywhere in the world.

Even if we were to humour climate sceptics for a moment and pretend the climate crisis was a conspiracy theory (it's not), this argument has been rendered utterly irrelevant. This is because the report shows that transitioning to renewables will save the taxpayer huge sums and massively boost the economy.

We now have not only inarguable science on our side but inarguable economics too. Whether you are a socialist, capitalist or anything else, you must agree with transitioning to renewables if you follow a process of logic. Any other position means you're not being consistent with your own beliefs.

Here are ten key points based on what the report from Oxford University shows:

  • switching to renewables could save the world $12 trillion by 2050, meaning not only could we protect the environment, but we could provide energy to many more people in a cost-effective and responsible manner.
  • it was wrong and pessimistic to claim moving to renewables too quickly would be too expensive. This obviously happened because the energy industry spent billions pushing a false narrative, but of course the report didn't mention that part.
  • energy generated by gas is much more expensive than that of renewables, meaning we are leaving ourselves dependent on dodgy dictators for no logical reason.
  • fossil fuel prices have stayed mostly the same for decades but are now increasing, whereas renewables can stabilise prices. In fact, renewables can be so efficient they provide a surplus of energy at times and prices can fall into negative territory.
  • the cost of renewable infrastructure is falling by 10% year on year and probabilistic modelling shows that cost is likely to continue falling for some time.
  • the faster we go, the more we will save because every year we waste, we are putting money down the drain by spending it on more expensive technologies.
  • wind and solar are the cheapest options and can be put in place quicker than nuclear power stations. The government's position on banning solar farms because they don't look very nice is absurd.
  • government claims that net-zero by 2050 would cost the UK £1 trillion were incorrect and such false claims have deterred investment in green technologies.
  • we currently get 50% of our energy from renewables and there is no reason why this can't be close to 100% by 2030.
  • 81% of the UK public have adjusted their lifestyles to tackle climate change so the appetite for action is there and Thérèse Coffey's boasts of reusing a coffee cup seem laughably lame.

There is not a single credible argument left against a green industrial revolution. It would create 250,000 jobs in the UK alone and I don't want to calculate how many jobs worldwide. It seems absurd that such economic and environmental benefits are held back by energy company executives who are among the worst people in the world. That's not hyperbole either. The damage they are causing could prove to be greater than any war and we should not listen to any politicians in cahoots with them. Incidentally, the Tory Party has taken £1.4 million from the energy industry in the last three years. I say no more.

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