Prime Minister Truss Promises UK Citizens Will Not Bear Costs of Energy Shortage

The United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss spoke on Tuesday about rising energy costs, indicating that she would implement a plan to cap prices for businesses and households, and citizens would not be asked to ration over the winter.

Truss spoke with reporters while in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly, where she is advocating for support for Ukraine. She called global security the “number one issue.”

Truss was careful to emphasize, however, that her citizens should not suffer the financial consequences of supporting Ukraine.

“It is a price worth paying for Britain because our long-term security is paramount,” Truss said. “What I don’t want to happen is for that to be passed on to bill payers beyond that energy price guarantee that I have outlined.”

“I don’t think that’s right,” she added.

Truss’ plan to combat rising energy prices includes an energy price guarantee, which restricts the prices an energy company can charge customers.

In addition, Truss announced a plan to aid businesses in paying for energy costs.

Truss also lifted green levies, extra taxes that appear on customers’ energy bills. Rather than relying on taxpayer money, Truss said the government will borrow money to pay for the plan, causing some to ponder how much this plan will cost taxpayers in the long term.

Nevertheless, Truss insisted that the number one priority is security.

“It’s right that we cannot jeopardize our security for the sake of cheap energy,” Truss said, echoing the sentiments of her predecessor, Boris Johnson.

“That is the mistake the entire Western world made,” she continued. “It was becoming too dependent on authoritarian regimes, not just for energy supplies, but also for other critical minerals and other goods and so on.”

“What we can’t allow to happen is for that cost to go on the bills of people in the UK,” she concluded.

Also during the interview, Truss made an apparent criticism of past government officials, remarking that they should have been investing more in nuclear power 20 years ago.