The appearance of the third vice president of the Government and responsible for the Government’s energy policy did not like the minor partner of the coalition. United We can reject the lack of measures proposed by Teresa Ribera in Congress. The Socialist minister appealed to the “empathy” of the energy companies because, she said, they are “listed” on the stock market. The secretary general of the confederal group, Txema Guijarro, has denied this approach and has assured that the Executive “is increasingly impelled to take measures.” But for that to happen, he said, the socialist sector must feel the “pressure” of the citizens in the form of social mobilizations.
The price of electricity chains its third consecutive record and shoots up to 132.47 euros / MWh
“All governments are under pressure, especially in this case” not to modify the price setting system, Guijarro pointed out in an interview with RNE, in which he said that the government is lacking “ambition” to face the an escalation in the price of electricity, which this Wednesday will once again set a record in the wholesale market, the third in a row.
“That is why from United We can warn civil society and citizens that this pressure exists and that citizens have to press in the opposite direction. If not, the pressure system will fall to the other side,” said Guijarro, who has concluded: “If we want a bold, courageous government that makes decisions that place it in front of the oligopoly, the citizenry has to mobilize to move in that direction.”
Guijarro stressed that the “urgency” of the situation in relation to the price of electricity, which is “aggravating”, leads the Executive to be “increasingly impelled to take measures.” The leader of Podemos has indicated that “the electricity market had already been dragging problems from before” and that “this government is not guilty of having reached this situation.” “But it does have the responsibility to change the situation and offer an alternative,” he added.
Guijarro has pointed to the need to “make brave decisions that have not been taken” and has asked to look at “what other European countries do in the same legal framework so that their bill is not so sky-high”. This Tuesday and on social networks, the parliamentary spokesman for his group, Pablo Echenique, has once again insisted that establishing a fixed price for nuclear MWh and a maximum for hydroelectric is feasible, since the former already occurs in France.
Guijarro has said that he can understand that the minister “puts her buts” on the measures proposed by United We Can, although the obligation of the parliamentary groups is to put proposals on the table and discuss them, especially when the “complicated” situation of the price of the light is not fixed with a “snap of the fingers”.
“Empathy is not listed”
What Guijarro has rejected is Teresa Ribera’s appeal to the “empathy” of companies. “Empathy is not listed. It is not true. If we are in this situation it is because empathy and social responsibility are not listed,” denied the leader of United We Can. “The companies aim to maximize profit. Ball point. This is how capitalism works,” he has settled.
Guijarro has said that this is the reason that United We can consider the creation of a large public company that can operate in a market dominated by half a dozen companies. “It is not the panacea,” he acknowledged. “But it is a way to begin to establish behaviors in a market in which social empathy is conspicuous by its absence,” he added.
As for whether initiatives should be applied based on the income of citizens, such as extending the electricity social bonus to other layers of the population, the deputy of the purple formation believes that right now no alternative should be ruled out before a bill of the “shot” light, which also always has an “uneven bias”.
Finally, he stressed that there are no longer reasons to refuse to raise the SMI and that all the conditions are in place to announce this increase, with the aim of reaching 60% of the average salary in the country by the end of the legislature, reports Europa Press .