The horrifying news that over a million British citizens have died as a result of winter weather over the past 30 years should send a shiver down our collective spines.
The figures have been released by the Office of National Statistics and show that the deaths occurred mainly due to poor housing, high energy bills and pensioner poverty.
The SNP government’s mad dash for expensive and almost entirely useless wind energy has already driven over 900,000 households in Scotland into actual fuel poverty, where more than 10 per cent of income has to be spent on fuel.
Average energy bills in Scotland have risen to over £1400. In ten years’ time, taking into account the subsidies for offshore renewables, the doubling of on-shore wind factories and the necessary upgrading of the national grid, we will see average household bills soar to a staggering £3500.
Energy prices at such levels destroy jobs, drive people into poverty and now we know clearly, they also lead to winter deaths. Even if Scotland was covered from end to end by giant wind turbines it would not reduce global CO2 emissions.
It is an empty and costly dream and one that is literally causing people to die of cold.
Struan Stevenson, Conservative Euro MP for Scotland, The European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, Brussels
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