Port Talbot and the human cost of Net Zero

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Fraser Myers

Fraser Myers
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The misery of Net Zero is now impossible to ignore. The Port Talbot steelworks in Wales is only its latest casualty. As we learned earlier today, its last two blast furnaces will be removed and over 2,000 jobs will be lost, under plans to ‘decarbonise’ the plant. The transition to new, eco-friendly ‘electric arc furnaces’ will come with other costs, too. It will mean that Britain, once a pioneer in steelmaking, will lose its capacity to produce virgin steel from scratch – the kind of steel we need most for other manufacturing. Port Talbot, then, is just the beginning. It’s the canary in the coal mine for a wave of job losses. Cutting CO2 emissions will mean huge cuts to living standards. Unless ordinary people rise up against these insane green diktats, Net Zero will impoverish us all.

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