Department of Energy and Climate Change confirmed that the Government was considering a variable stamp duty rate to encourage people to green up their homes.
‘There are many incentives that we are considering to tackle home efficiency. No final decision has been made, but we are considering it,’ a spokesman said.
Since 2008 all homes put up for sale have had an energy performance certificate, which ranks them on a scale from A for the best, to G for the least efficient.
To avoid paying the higher stamp duty, a home would need to be upgraded to at least a band E.
Ah yes, because when the home information packs were ‘scrapped’, there was still something stuck to our shoe. The Energy Performance Certificate, which is mandated by the EU.
The proposals would be introduced alongside the Government’s Green Deal – a £90 billion scheme to cut the fuel bills of 14 million homes.
Under the Green Deal, householders will be offered "free" green makeovers by energy companies, local councils or DIY chains from 2012.
‘Free’? Ah – as in more freedom? Oh..
The money spent on new insulation, double glazing or replacement boilers will be claimed back from the savings made in energy bills.
The Government says the green makeovers are essential if the UK is to meet its legally binding targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 34 per cent of their 1990 levels within 10 years.
Ah yes. Greenhouse gases. The science isn’t settled there, even.
Why do physicists keep silent? Because the greenhouse-effect is based on backradiation and to understand that backradiation is unphysical, requires understanding the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. But the 2nd Law is a mystery to modern physicists and thus a modern physicist cannot say what should be said, namely that backradiation violates the 2nd Law and thus the greenhouse-effect is fiction.
Of course, such thought could be outlawed as a heresy by the EU*.
Or, it could just be outlawed in one EU country, that could then seek to arrest and extradite people who publish skeptical blogs elsewhere in Europe where no such offence exists.
* This is a link to the BNP website. I don’t accept that it can be dismissed solely on that basis.