Independent on Sunday, 28 June 2015:
The Tory position on climate change is completely contradictory. In the face of a papal encyclical and a G7 declaration calling on global leaders to totally decarbonise the world’s economy, the government is withdrawing subsidies for on-shore wind farms a year early, and has devolved consenting powers to the local planning authorities, thus increasing the length and complexity of the process (Lincoln locals blow hot and cold over a test-case wind turbine June 21).
So NIMBYism is being encouraged for renewables whilst the local community is being by-passed when it comes to fracking. This is particularly hypocritical when one considers that the majority of the UK population support on-shore wind whilst only a small minority support fracking. Amber Rudd argues that decisions on renewable energy will be “more democratic”, but seems to have a completely different set of principles when it comes to the extraction of fossil fuels.
Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire