GB News: Expert criticises the costs of net zero
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Blonde Money CEO Helen Thomas issued a warning over the “painful” implications of the government’s net-zero strategy. Boris Johnson has back Britain to reach net-zero carbon emission by 2050, but Ms Thomas has told GB News that the Government needs to “come clean” on the real-life implications of adopting cleaner green technology such as electric cars and wind power to combat climate change.
Ms Thomas told GB News: “It’s very clear to everybody that net-zero is expensive but more importantly as I think one of on one of the earlier on the money shows had a discussion on this which was very illuminating about how it will affect our lives and we’ve just been hearing there, you know the normal bloke on the street, right.
“We hear all these things about net-zero, what does it actually mean, what do I actually have to do, can I actually get in my car and get around with it.
“Can I heat my home? So the fact is, all politicians are going to have to come clean with people not just about the money costs of net-zero, but the personal behavioral shift it is going to require and, frankly, they’re going to need the buy-in from the electorate, and it’s up for grabs, as to whether everyone does buy into it.
“But we are seeing a shift in electorates I mentioned, the Green Party in Germany happening elsewhere as well, that there is more buy-in that we need to change things and I would say if we’re going to change which many believe we have to do it is going to be a revolution, it’s going to be painful.
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The CEO of Blonde Money added: “It’s going to be something we all buy into that I’m going to leave you with one final point, which is, if we think back, 100 years ago and say look, streets of London were paved with horse manure because horse and carts were getting everybody about.
“We think that’s disgusting now because we can drive a car. So, but what are we our grandchildren going to say in 100 years’ time when they say what were those polluting things you were using why didn’t you grab onto those, and maybe the hydrogen-fueled electric cars we don’t know.
“But when it comes to these big technological revolutions, it’s going to change people’s lives.
“The politicians need to complain about that.
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It comes the same day that LBC host Maajid Nawaz raised the alarm over Beijing’s move to secure supplies of lithium in Afghanistan – a key component in electric car batteries.
“If the Chinese military are at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan and Afghanistan is a country that has all this lithium, that you need to make car batteries. On top of that China takes Taiwan, which you need, because you can’t make microchips. Most of the vast majority of the world’s production comes from Taiwan.
“And we just granted this £1 billion pound plant subsidised by £42 million of taxpayers cash. We’ve just granted a Chinese firm the control over making electric car batteries here in Britain.
“That doesn’t sound dodgy to you.”
He added: “Why, why do we not realise that our supply chain is a national security question, why do we constantly, whether it’s telecoms, nuclear power Hinkley Point C, whether it’s our universities, whether here it’s our electric car batteries.
“Everything has a weak point.
“And that weak point is the Chinese Communist Party that could switch it off if we don’t do the right thing.”
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