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Why Britain Is Spending £37 Billion to Make Energy-Supply Crisis Worse

A decade of policy failings left the UK with little choice but to subsidize energy consumption.

Residential homes, taken with a heat-sensing camera showing higher amounts of heat emitted in the brighter parts, in Bracknell, U.K.

Residential homes, taken with a heat-sensing camera showing higher amounts of heat emitted in the brighter parts, in Bracknell, U.K.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

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As he opened the COP26 climate talks in November, Boris Johnson warned “it’s one minute to midnight” in the race to slash planet-heating carbon emissions. His government has since announced £37 billion of funding focused squarely on subsidizing the consumption of energy -- much of it fossil fuels.