The government failed to consider the climate or the economic costs of a policy change that contributed to the collapse of onshore wind in the UK. Planning applications for new onshore wind developments have plummeted by 94 per cent since the introduction of new policies governing their construction in 2015. Documents obtained under Freedom of Information rules for The Independent by Christine Ottery at DeSmog UK and environmental group 10 :10 Climate Action have revealed the government did not conduct relevant impact assessments before implementing these changes. They found no assessments had been made of how the new policies would affect carbon emissions, despite the key role onshore wind is thought to have in transitioning to a greener energy system and meeting climate targets. There was also no detailed assessment of how policies would affect the future of the nation’s wind industry, or consumers’ fuel bills. Instead, the only impact assessments that were carried out were into the effect of such policies on equality and “the strength of family relationships” in local communities. Onshore wind is one of the cheapest and most efficient sources of renewable electricity, and surveys show most British people support it. “This is a shocking revelation,” said Caroline Lucas, MP and co-leader of the Green Party. “For no assessment to be made in relation to the impact on the industry really does expose the government’s contempt for onshore wind, and their utter unwillingness to see reason. “We know that ministers are more motivated by a small cabal of their own backbenchers than the evidence on this issue – and their failure here underlines this.” Alan Whitehead, Labour’s shadow minister for energy and climate change, said the lack of impact assessments showed “a shocking display of poor governance. This ill-considered action has thrown away a strong British industry of the future and potentially increased energy prices by effectively outlawing the cheapest form of clean energy in the country today,” he said.
Independent 6th May 2018 read more »
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He was already being hotly tipped as a frontrunner in the race to become the next US president. But, sitting in his office in May 2012, in the New York skyscraper that bears his name, Donald Trump had more practical matters on his mind. In a letter which he dispatched by courier to No 10 Downing Street, he warned David Cameron that wind farms were “blighting” the landscape in Scotland, where he owns an 18-hole championship golf course. Mr Trump, who was publicly battling the construction of 11 turbines near the course, close to Aberdeen, had already made his views known to Alex Salmond, the then Scottish first minister, but his concerns appeared to have fallen on deaf ears.
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