Energy Crisis? What Energy Crisis!?

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freezingIn recent media sources we have been fed that we are experiencing an ever looming energy crisis, this is coinciding with a big rise in energy bills, rises which we have been experiencing year on year, sometimes twice a year! Last year the “big six” energy suppliers (British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON UK, npower, Scottish Power, SSE) recorded annual profits of 3.7 billion pounds according to the FT times “annual profits made by the UK’s big energy groups soared 73 per cent in the three years to 2012.” If there was truly an energy crisis, why is that the profits of these energy barons have soared to a figure that is unimaginable to most of us? If there really were an “energy crisis” why are they having record profits? Why are we the consumer being burdened by their greed? Why are we having to suffer, so they may gain!?

Green energy and the drive for green energy by the government has been constantly blamed by the energy firms for the price hikes, yet surely if green energy were to blame, wouldn’t the profits stay the same? Why would they rise to record highs? The energy firms are using the governments half hearted drive for renewable energy as a means to continue rising prices, we need energy, they know we need energy, they are taking advantage of that, and we are letting them. The green energy lie, is just another one of the weapons in their arsenal to blitz the poor, with their never ending conquest for more profit!

Only earlier this year several of the biggest oil companies had their offices raided by the European Commision, in relation to them fixing the price of oil. According to the commision the raids were carried out to determine that the major oil barons had  “collouded in reporting distorted prices to a price reporting agency [PRA] to manipulate the published prices for a number of oil and biofuel products”.

This comes only a year after the guardian reported “The Financial Services Authority, is investigating claims by whistleblower that Britain’s £300bn wholesale gas market has been “regularly” manipulated by some of the big power companies, exploiting weaknesses that echo the recent Libor scandal.” There clearly is something very unheathly happening in these markets, which is causing pain and suffering to the every day person. These companies have been given free reign over the market, manipulating and distorting the product to the consumer, in order to maximize profit while maxmimizing pain to us! We cannot allow this to continue!

With this in mind, I will tell you why they keep saying there is a crisis: So they can justify raising prices to us! So they can justify, robbing us, and freezing us to death! You wouldn’t let a thief in through the front door, so why is that we are allowing them to come in through the back? Business does not have our best interest at heart, they are addicted to profit and like any addict will lie, cheat and steal if it can satisfy their craving.

According to the Telegraph last year up to 30,000 people died in the UK over the winter because of the cold, in what kind of country do we allow that to happen? Each one of these people, was a mother, a brother, a daughter, a father, a sister, we are allowing the most vulnerable members of our society to be literally murdered by these energy barons, they are no better than a mafia racketeer, they are extorting us for every penny and it is resulting in deaths, not a few, but tens of thousands. When will enough be enough? We simply cannot allow this to continue, one death is too many because of the cold, thirty thousand is completely insane! If we do not take action soon, they will continue to take, take, take, take, take until how many deaths? How many people are going to have to die as a result of the energy extortion, until we stop it?

To put the figure of 30,000 last year into perspective (a figure that is rising in year in year out), that is more people than have been killed by terrorism since 9/11, that is more British soldiers than have been killed in the Afghan and Iraq war, and it is more people than have been killed in any massacre in this country in living memory, and that is what this is, a massacre.

The right to warmth, the right to energy – These should be human rights, yet increasingly it is becoming a benefit for the rich, the poor are being priced out of the energy market and being forced to choose between lighting, heating, food and luxuries you can forget about them! – Where will this end?

Here are a few suggestions on how we can solve this “crisis”
1. Pass legislation that sets a limit on how much energy companies can charge consumers.
2. Provide each household with renewable energy sources: Solar Panels, small scale wind farms, recycled water.
3. Set up a state energy company that drastically undercuts all the big six and offers fair rates to the consumer.
4. Pass legislation which forces energy companies themselves to invest in green energy alternatives, instead of passing the buck to the government, or the consumer.

At the Labour party conference Ed Miliband put forth a policy of freezing the prices for a fixed term, saying the energy companies “had been overcharging “for too long” and it was time to “reset” the energy market.” How does freezing the price “reset” the market? We are already paying every last penny we have! People are alreadying dying, freezing the market just isn’t good enough, when there are people freezing to death, that doesn’t help us here and now! We need to reverse what he calls “overcharging” – not just put a stop to any future rises!

What are the Tories contribution to this drama of death, deceit and robbery? What is their answer to our prays? If people were not dying every year it would be laughable! Their advice on the .gov website is to “switch energy supplier as often as possible!” Do you hear that people, it is down to me and you, to fix the problem! It is not like the energy companies can do anything to make bills cheaper, no – We have to switch energy suppliers as much as we can, we have to bear the burden, because we wouldn’t want to hassle the energy companies now, would we? They are just there to take our money and run! When will we stop being told what we should be doing to lower our bills, when will they start telling us what they can do to lower them?

Have you ever tried changing energy company? It is a complicated process, most people do not do – In fact the number of people switching is going down! The poorest members of our society, do not even have access to the tools to change energy supplier (Internet, phone line, etc). Between the stress of losing a job, not having enough money to buy food, to heat the house, looking for a job and generally surviving in a climate which is getting more hostile than the artic tundra, we are expected to put more added stress onto ourselves and navigate the minefield which is changing energy supplier. Well, I say no! It is not up to us to get the best deal, it is up to them to give us the best deal and stop ripping us off!

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