Wind farm opponents are living in stone age, Ed Davey claims

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

His aides said Mr Davey is fighting “trench warfare” with Tory colleagues
over green energy.

“I’ve had Owen Paterson making noises against wind, and you know that’s
not what the agreed Coalition position is,” he said.

He said that Tories opposing wind farms and other green energy policies are
“irresponsible”.

In his speech to the Lib Dem conference in Glasgow, Mr Davey said that he is
being forced to fight “battles” with Mr Paterson over wind turbines.

“Take the battles I fight over wind power,” Mr Davey said. “Owen Paterson
would cull wind turbines faster than he can cull badgers.

“But we have prevented the stone age wing of the Conservative Party from
destroying our leading renewables industry.”

The Energy Secretary also contradicted David Cameron over gas fracking. The
Prime Minister has repeatedly said that fracking could reduce energy bills.

However, Mr Davey said that it is wrong to suggest that fracking “answers all
Britain’s energy problems”.

In a thinly-veiled attack on the Prime Minister, Mr Davey said that he is
attempting to avoid “hyperbole” over fracking and is instead “weighing
up the evidence”.

“Let’s be the voice of green reason in the shale debate,” Mr Davey said.
“Reject the zealots who claim it’s a catastrophe. Reject the vested
interests who argue it answers all Britain’s energy problems. They are
both wrong. I’ve been cautious on shale. Avoiding hyperbole, weighing
up the evidence, insisting on firm regulation.”

The Prime Minister last month insisted that people across the country must
accept fracking.

He said that fracking could result in cheaper energy bills for millions, tens
of thousands of jobs and windfalls for communities.

He also pledged that fracking would not damage Britain’s countryside and
would only result in a “very minor change to the landscape”.

Fracking, which involves fracturing rocks deep underground with water and
chemicals to extract natural gas, has dramatically cut energy bills in the
USA.

Ministers are hoping that it could do the same in the UK. However, the process
has led to protests in West Sussex.

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