Kukhim “Popular government policy, return to public suffering”
It has been revealed that the Moon Jae-in administration ignored Korea Gas Corporation’s request for rate increases eight times at a time when international natural gas prices soared.
According to the data presented by Congressman Moo-Kyung Han of Gas Corporation and released on the 27th, Gas Corporation asked the Ministry of Industry in March and April 2021 to increase the cost of raw materials for civil use by 12% of its compared to the previous month. , but the industrial owner did not approve. According to the gas fee raw material cost linkage system, when the raw material cost increases, the gas fee paid by consumers also increases.
KOGAS then asked for an increase of 4% in May/June, 20% in July/August, 34% in September/October, 49% in October, and a staggering 88% in November/December. The following year, 86% in January and February 2022, and 71% in March, etc. encouraged an increase from a minimum of 4% to a maximum of 88%. However, the Moon Jae-in administration froze it. In June 2021, the rate was also reduced by 2.9%.
At the time, international natural gas prices were up 44% from the start of the year. According to the New York Mercantile Exchange, the price of natural gas, which was $2.52 per MMBTU (the amount of gas that produces 250,000 kcal) in early 2021, rose to $3.65 at the end of June. On October 5, 2021, it jumped 1.5 times compared to the beginning of the year, rising to $ 6.31. At the beginning of 2022, it was $3.82, but after the Russian-Ukrainian war, it increased again, rising to $7.82 on April 18th.
It was in April that the Moon Jae-in administration approved the increase in raw material costs. In the presidential election held the previous month, People Power Candidate Seok-Yeol Yoon beat the ruling party’s candidate Jae-Myung Lee and immediately won. At that time, raw material costs increased by 4.2 percentage points.
Representative Han Moo-kyung speaking
(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Lee Jung-hoon = People’s Power Representative Han Moo-kyung speaks at the meeting of the current edition of the Small and Medium Enterprises Sub-Committee of the Regulatory Reform Promotion Group held at the National Assembly on the morning of the day . 18th. From left, People’s Power Hong Seok-joon, Head of Regulatory Reform Promotion, Congressman Han, and Policy Committee Chairman Seong Il-jong. 2023.1.17
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Representative Han, secretary of the Small and Medium Enterprise Business Committee on Trade, Industry and Energy, said in all remarks at the People’s Power countermeasures meeting at the hospital that day, “The Democratic Party was buried in political ideology, not economic logic , when in power, killed entire nuclear power plants and bought expensive liquefied natural gas (LNG).” “Although the subsequent increase in electricity and gas rates was inevitable, I was aware of approval ratings and elections and tied it tightly. It’s a result that wouldn’t happen if it was raised normally so it could be received at the right price in time.”Representative Lee Jong-bae “Request for an audit of the government’s gas rate freeze”
Seoul City Councilor Lee Jong-bae, a member of People’s Power, announced on this day that during the Moon Jae-in administration, he had requested an investigation into how domestic gas rates were frozen while international natural gas prices had get up He also urged an investigation, saying KOGAS imported LNG at a high price in January last year.
Representative Lee held a press conference in front of the Audit and Inspection Board and said, “The Ministry of Industry requested an increase in the city’s gas rates around July 2021, but former President Moon Jae-in and’ r former Deputy Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki does not accept it.” do it,” he pointed out.
“From March 2021, when international natural gas prices began to rise, until the end of the season, there were seven rate adjustments, but all were frozen without reflecting the higher international price.” It looks like it is,” he added.
Deputy spokesman Shin Ju-ho commented on the day and said, “It appears that the Moon Jae-in government has rejected Korea Gas Corporation’s request for an eight-fold rate hike between March 2021 and March 2022.” He criticized it as wasting all kinds of cash and national wealth wasted on a spree.”
He continued, “The cumulative deficit of KOGAS reached an all-time high of 9 trillion won, and the damage caused by the populist policy returns to the suffering of the people.”
He said, “The small wind decided by the Moon Jae-in administration has returned like a typhoon called ‘heating cost soars’, but there is no reflection or insight on their own mistakes. ” set of the day
In addition, towards the Democratic Party of Korea and the leader of the Democratic Party Lee Jae-myeong, he pointed out that “the only countermeasures proposed are stupid ones that adhere to populism, such as collecting a random site or supporting heating costs by large-scale attachment. a budget of about 30 trillion won.”
He continued, “Regardless of what it is, the cause of the current heating bill crisis can only be seen as a plan by the Moon Jae-in government and the Democratic Party to extend the regime without thinking about the future of the country.” We will continue to think of support measures that can alleviate the difficulties of the people,” he said.
Correspondent Lee Bo-hee