Earlier this year Mr Huhne test drove a car powered entirely by crap

‘Fact Check’ – part of Channel 4 News – have rubbished Energy minister Chris Huhne’s claim that families would better off under his green policies and have challenged him to produce the research to back it up.

The town’s controversial MP made the claims today while addressing the Lib Dem conference.

In a speech described as ‘slavering’ by Lib Dem peer Shirley Williams, Mr Huhne also attacked the Conservative Party, although last year he brokered a deal which put them in power following an election in which he had exhorted  Eastleigh folk to help him  keep the Conservative party out.

Writing on the Channel 4 news site, reporter Cathy Newman said alarm bells were ‘ringing’ when she heard Mr Huhne claim that:

“The average consumer would be “better off” by the end of the decade thanks to a raft of policies designed to push renewable energy and “cleaner” sources of power like nuclear and carbon capture and storage, reducing Britain’s dependency on oil and gas”

Cathy Newman claims the latest figures supplied by Mr Huhne’s own Department of Energy and Climate Change show that consumer bills will have risen by 16% by 2020.

She also claims Mr Huhne’s green policies will actually push fuel bills UP by 1% – not reduce them -and challenged Mr Huhne to prove otherwise.

Cathy Newman compared Mr Huhne to the Children’s story book character ‘Pollyanna’ who was perennially optimistic.

  5 comments for “Bullsh*t!!

  1. easy peasey
    September 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Cathy Newman compared Mr Huhne to the Children’s story book character ‘Pollyanna’

    I would compare him to the childrens story book character ‘Pinocchio’

  2. Matthew Myatt
    September 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Huhne’s figures are correct and if you do the research we will be paying less for renewable energy in 2020 then we are now. You need to listen and read what he is saying. He does not say how much we will be paying for non renewable energy, that’s the rub. By 2020 of course fuel bills will have risen by 16%. It’s called inflation you silly cow.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      September 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Errmmmm…I’m sure rising energy prices are a driver of inflation not the other way round…

  3. September 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    It isn’t really possible to say how much we will be paying for energy in 2020. It can only ever be a prediction as there all sorts of factors that can cause the market to change in unforseen ways.

    There’s been a good example in Japan recently, where the earthquake and Tsunami has taken out several nuclear reactors and changed the way Japan thinks about the way it creates electricity.

    Chris’s predictions are all well and good, but my bet is that by 2020 he’ll be saying “Prices would have been cheaper if it wasn’t for x,y and z, that nobody could predict” rather than “See, I told you so!”

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    September 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I’m thinking future energy prices are a one way bet!

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