Margaret Thatcher gave “a big early start” to green energy by closing coalmines, Boris Johnson has joked, in comments denounced as “unbelievably crass.” Johnson said: “We understand the importance to the north-east of Scotland of the oil and gas industry. The contracts that have been signed should not just be ripped up. But we need to transition as fast as we reasonably can.” Pressed on whether he wanted to set a firm deadline, he replied: “Look at what we’ve done already. We’ve transitioned away from coal in my lifetime. Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coalmines across the country, we had a big early start and we’re now moving rapidly away from coal all together”.
Guardian 5th Aug 2021 read more »
Boris Johnson has claimed that Margaret Thatcher gave the UK a head start in its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions by closing “so many coal mines across the country”. Speaking on the second day of a visit to Scotland, he promised a “smooth and sensible” shift from fossil fuels to renewable power and predicted that every home in the country could be powered by wind alone by 2030. He said that the country had already “transitioned away from coal within my lifetime” before paying tribute to Mrs Thatcher for shutting down coal mines in the Eighties. He chuckled as he made the remark to journalists during a virtual press conference held during a visit to an offshore wind farm in Moray and commented: “I thought that would get you going.”
Telegraph 5th Aug 2021 read more »
Scotsman 5th Aug 2021 read more »
Boris Johnson has promised a “smooth and sensible” shift from fossil fuels to renewable power, adding that Margaret Thatcher’s closure of coal mines had given the UK an “early start”. The Prime Minister who was visiting an offshore wind farm on the final day of his trip to Scotland said there were “massive opportunities” to increase the use of green technology.
Evening Standard 5th Aug 2021 read more »