But it's not a failure.
Bureaucrat team A seek to reduce CO2 by driving up the cost of fuel. Bureaucrat team B seek to ameliorate the effect of higher fuel prices. Objective A must drive more people into fuel poverty or it "ain't working". Pile on the funds to achieve this worthwhile goal. Objective B must undermine objective A or it "ain't working". Pile on the funds to achieve this worthwhile goal
Just as we admire the confidence trickster who sold Brooklyn Bridge we are forced to admire this wonderful system.
Like the song said ... it all makes work for the working man to do. Yes, you are right ... we have the cost of energy going up, and then all sorts of mitigation schemes to reduce the impact on the "vulnerable", all with their own bureaucratic empires to administer them. And bang in the middle, between the rich and the needy poor comes the middle class, squeezed from both directions and struggling without any assistance. Contrary to popular opinion though, revolutions are fostered by the middle classes. Pips squeek for only so long, then they get angry.