Nigel Farage slammed after launching Brexit-style campaign for ‘net zero referendum’
NIGEL Farage is facing heavy criticism for his new Brexit-style campaign to hold a ‘net zero referendum’.
The former Ukip leader started a group, initially dubbed ‘Britain Means Business’ but apparently quickly morphed into ‘Power Not Poverty’, which aims to light up Britain’s coal mines and start drilling shale gas in the UK.
Critics of the new group say it would only make the UK more dependent on oil at a time when the Russian invasion of Ukraine has sparked calls for the UK to be more energy independent – and moving towards a green economy.
VOTE POWER NOT POVERTY: Today we are launching a cross-party campaign for a national debate and referendum on the Govt Net Zero pans that will impoverish the UK, send our jobs and money overseas.
Old people will die colder poorer sooner
Young people will be burdened with higher costs, fewer jobs, less money pic.twitter.com/YiP9eCDoXE
—Richard Tice (@TiceRichard) March 6, 2022
The politician announced the campaign in a Daily Mail column, saying, “Net Zero is net stupid.
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“In dragging Britain down its ruinous course, the politicians in Westminster have made a decision on behalf of all of us without any public debate taking place, burdening the taxpayers with a debt that few politicians have the courage to quantify publicly and even fewer economists are smart enough to predict accurately.
“This is a scandal of epic proportions and it must be challenged.”
He then sought to draw parallels between Brexit and climate policy saying that “the same lofty principles that pertained to Britain’s EU membership apply to Net Zero”.
He added: “Now is the time for a public debate and plebiscite on this appalling act of self-harm.
“If we’re not careful, the only zero will be the amount in people’s bank accounts as we send our jobs and money overseas.”
Nigel Farage tries to fight climate change the same way he fought against the EU
He then said it wasn’t fair that “below net zero, old people are dying colder, poorer, and sooner.”
He continued: “It’s not fair that young people are burdened with higher costs, fewer jobs and less money.”
The announcement was met with a backlash, with many pointing out that the plan could defeat the purpose of weaning the UK off Russian oil and gas.
One person wrote: “The curious thing about Nigel Farage is that even when something has nothing to do with Brexit, his campaigns always seem to align with Russia‘s interests.
“Here, in the midst of war, where Russia’s only trump card is its oil, Farage is launching a campaign to increase our oil consumption.”
I see that Nigel Farage has taken a break from advocating surrender to Putin so he can focus on advocating for surrender to climate change.
— Dmitry Grozubinsky (@DmitryOpines) March 6, 2022
Dmitry Grozoubinski, visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde, said: “I see that Nigel Farage has taken a break from his defense of surrender to Putin so that he can focus on defending surrender to change. climate.”
And Marina Purkiss said: ‘The man who campaigned for Brexit. It decimated industries. It crippled business. Zero because he cares about the cost to Brits Don’t fall into the UK trap again.
Hugh Grant replied, “Russian warship – fuck you.”
Meanwhile, reporter Otto English replied, “You can demand kipper sandwiches for the Klingons, as far as I care.” You have no constituency beyond your weird messagegram mega job.
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In his article, Farage suggested that moving away from a net zero economy would mean the UK would be less dependent on oil and gas imports from countries like Russia. But critics said the move would be disastrous for the environment and only increase dependence on Russia.
And scientists have warned of dire consequences for the planet and millions of people if Co2 continues to be pumped into the atmosphere.
2 of the biggest global threats? Russian aggression and #ClimateEmergency
2 of the biggest ways forward? Rapidly reduce dependence on petrostates and fossil fuels
1 stupid Farage campaign? *Increased* reliance on petrostates and fossil fuels
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) March 6, 2022
Green MP Caroline Lucas said: “Two of the biggest global threats? Russian aggression and #ClimateEmergency two of the biggest ways forward? Rapidly reducing dependence on petrostates and fossil fuels a stupid Farage campaign? *Increase* reliance on petrostates and fossil fuels.
Extinction Rebellion UK responded to Farage’s announcement saying: “Four pages of gaslight propaganda planted by #FossilFuel-funded lobbyists attacking #netzero in [the] Daily mail today. [The] The Conservative manifesto has a commitment to Net Zero – or are you saying people didn’t know what they were voting Nigel for? »
And the Open Democracy editor said: “Hit that Farage chose now, but go public which would be a huge boon for a V Putin…”