Green MEP accuses government of ‘ideological obsession against wind power’

Molly with wind turbine at Delabole, Cornwall
Molly with wind turbine at Delabole, Cornwall

Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has accused the government of an ideological obsession against wind power that is undermining thousands of potential jobs and a sustainable future for the South West. Last week the Tories announced they were cutting subsidies for onshore wind power projects. Dr Scott Cato said:

“While the government promise to give local people and local councils the power to veto renewable energy projects, they refuse such powers in relation to nuclear, fossil fuel or fracking projects. There appears to be an ideological obsession against wind power at the heart of government. This is undermining the huge jobs potential for renewables in the South West and threatens the sustainable future we all need.”

Earlier this year, Dr Scott Cato commissioned a report on the renewable energy potential for the South West. This concluded that given the political will and the right investment the region could produce more than 100% of all its energy needs from renewables alone. Dr Scott Cato said:

“The Tories seem to be guided by their close alignment with the fossil fuel and nuclear lobbies. They would rather prop up these dinosaur industries than usher in a renewable energy revolution that has the potential to empower local communities and power up the regional economy with clean, green energy.”