Will debate generate more light than heat?

A HEATED debate is likely when voters grill a panel on soaring fuel bill prices and climate change.

Test Valley Friends of the Earth has organised next Friday’s (March 1) Question Time style debate entitled “Energy We Can All Afford”.

Taking part at Romsey’s Crosfield Hall will be MP, Caroline Nokes, Donna Hume, from Friends of the Earth and Martyn Williams, head of campaigns at Energy Bill Revolution.

The debate will focus on spiralling fuel bills, green jobs and climate change and it is timed to coincide with MPs debating the Energy Bill, which will determine how the UK sources its electricity for the next generation.

Bernie Hewitt, from Test Valley FoE, said: “Increasingly, costly fossil fuels and poorly-insulated homes in Romsey and Southampton are driving climate change and making it harder for people to afford fuel bills – but there is an alternative.

“The Government should switch the UK to clean British energy from our wind, sun and waves, and use money raised from carbon taxes to better insulate our homes, which this will stabilise bills and create new jobs across Hampshire.”

He added: “We need Caroline Nokes, MP, to back an amendment to the Energy Bill, so that it includes a target to clean up our electricity by 2030. This will give renewable energy firms the confidence to invest.”

The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

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