The Green Police just hammered one of their own. A Great Britain research facility that specializes in carbon free energy was smacked across the face with a green tax bill:
The unexpected impact of the government's carbon reduction commitment (CRC) scheme is so severe that scientists and research funders have lobbied ministers for an exemption to reduce the bills.
Among the worst hit is the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, a facility for research into almost limitless carbon-free energy. The lab faces an estimated £400,000 payment next year, raising the spectre of job losses and operational cuts. "Considering our research is aimed at producing zero-carbon energy, it seems ironic and perverse to clobber us with an extra bill," a senior scientist at the lab said. "We have to use electricity to run the machine and there is no way of getting around that."
And of course the attitude by these Progressives is that they should be exempt from this green tax, because they’re special:
"This [tax] will have a negative impact on important research into low carbon energy sources and that cannot be the right consequence of a policy the government is pursuing to promote a low carbon economy," said Sue Ferns, head of research at Prospect. "There is a potential for the scheme to impact on employment and it adds to pressures to run the equipment less. Even if it doesn't lead to substantial job losses, these are world-class scientists and every job, every piece of research makes a difference."
What about the job losses that other businesses face because of this boondoggle? I guess they aren’t as important as these climate change grifters whose research is dependent on sucking the life blood out of reputable businesses.
Welcome to the policies that you helped to create. Maybe your research is worthy enough to warrant investors to help pay your bills; but I doubt it. Chances are they will get a waiver. I guess Progressive cronyism is just as popular in Britain as it is in the United States.