Ed Davey says Wind Farm Antagonists are Archaic
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Wind Farms and other forms of high-tech low carbon sustainable energy are vital on the road towards meeting targets set by the EU in itsí green energy policies. Opposition to these forms of sustainable energy by the Tories could severely put a damper on progress for wind farm construction. Ed Davey, Energy Secretary to the Liberal Democrats has lashed out at Conservative Environment Secretary Owen Paterson for trying to halt the building of wind farms.
It has been alleged that Ed Davey tried to block a report on the impact of wind farms that was commissioned by Owen Paterson because he was concerned by the negative spin that it would put on the wind farm energy industry. The report highlighted how wind farms could negatively affect housing prices. Ed Davey stated that the report would be biased and not entirely accurate. He went on to say that the report was not in line with the agreed Coalition position, and the opposition to wind farms and other forms of green energy which are desperately needed would be irresponsible. Ed Davey said that he was having a running battle with the Conservative Party, and would continue to fight for green energy sources.
Mr. Davey has also said that fracking is not the answer to Britainís energy crisis, as was stated by David Cameron and it was also not the disaster it has been painted to be, but rather that fracking should be tackled with the right regulations and safety measures in place. He said that the evidence for and against fracking needed to be weighed up and assessed and that firm regulations will have to be in place to prevent possible water pollution and gas contamination as well as seismic activity brought on by the drilling for shale gas.
Ed Davey said that he remained cautious where fracking is concerned, and did not hail it as being the solution to all of Britainís energy needs. Prime Minister David Cameron has said that it will reduce energy bills and bring cheaper electricity and heating bills for millions of consumers, and bring thousands of new jobs into the job market, and also payoffs for communities near fracking sites. He went on to assure the UK that fracking would only bring about minor change and would not damage the British countryside, this amidst on-going protests in West Sussex about fracking.
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