As one of its first orders of business following the summer recess, the government of the United Kingdom slipped in a "net zero" bill that, in effect, would make it a crime for someone in the UK to question whether or not man-made climate change is even real.
Known as the Energy Bill, the legislation cleared the Commons following a third reading, driving fear into the hearts of landowners who see that they could end up in prison for denouncing its implications.
According to reports, Brits who fail to adhere to the energy consumption rules outlined in the bill could be jailed for up to a year, as well as be forced to pay fines of up to £15,000 (about $19,000).
"Prosecutions may also occur for providing false information about energy efficiency or obstructing enforcement authorities," one report about the matter states.
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Perhaps the most disturbing component of the new energy bill is "the creation of criminal offences" for any "non-compliance with a requirement imposed by or under energy performance regulations."
In other words, whatever the UK government dictates about energy consumption as it relates to the fairy tale notion of "global warming" will be a requirement. All who disobey will face severe punishment.
"It seems the net zero row back from Starmer and Sunak due to public dissatisfaction with the ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) at the recent byelection was little more than a feint," reports Strange Sounds citing BBC commentator Lois Perry.
"The proposed legislation grants the Government (and it could be either party given the election next year) the power to create new criminal offences and increase penalties in pursuit of their net-zero globalist goals."
In defense of the proposal, the UK government claims it does not have any intention of creating new criminal offenses, but will rather seek to amend existing laws, particularly those stemming from European Union (EU) legislation such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations, which includes Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).
"These amendments aim to provide stakeholders, including landlords, businesses, and tenants, with information to make informed decisions regarding energy efficiency," reports indicate.
It is a tricky matter, though, because on the surface, the bill could lead to the criminalization of individuals who refuse to comply. The legislation is written in such a way as to leave open the possibility of this, which is why many are vehemently opposed to its passage.
Both in October 2021 and February 2022, the group CAR26 conducted YouGov polls showing that a sizeable percentage of the British public supports the idea of putting net zero bills like this in referendum so people have the chance to vote on it rather than just have the British parliament pass it without input.
"This suggests that there is a desire for a more inclusive and democratic approach to shaping these policies," CAR26 says about the results of these two polls.
"If a referendum is not pursued (both Boris and now Rishi ruled it out so don’t hold your breath) it is essential to demand clear assurances from the Government that they will not enforce net zero targets without explicitly outlining them in an election party manifesto."
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