John Glen is very keen to support constituents who don’t want wind farms near their properties but in this question and answer session on BBC Wiltshire local radio he failed to give the same support to those constituents who might have similar objections to fracking.
You can listen to the answer at this link, just move the slider to: 01:31:20 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01np4wq (Unfortunately this is no longer available on the BBC web site).
The question was clear and simple. It did not compare the pros and cons of the two technologies. The question simply asked Mr Glen to assure us that he would give the same support to his constituents worried about fracking as he had already promised to constituents worried about wind turbines. That assurance was not forthcoming.
The reality is that the government wants to give local communities the power to reject wind farms but not fracking projects.
So much for the government’s “Localism Agenda”. In plain English this means that local communities are free to make their own decision only if those decisions coincide with government plans.
Summary (a text book example of double standards and irrationality):
John Glen is against wind farms, against subsidising wind farms and in favour of giving local councils powers to reject wind farms.
John Glen is in favour of: fracking, in favour of subsidising fracking and in favour of giving local councils a financial incentive to approve fracking.
Full letter from MPs to David Cameron on wind power subsidies: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/9061554/Full-letter-from-MPs-to-David-Cameron-on-wind-power-subsidies.html
“Blow for George Osborne as Tory council chiefs oppose fracking in Chancellor’s constituency”: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/fracking/10574951/Blow-for-George-Osborne-as-Tory-council-chiefs-oppose-fracking-in-Chancellors-constituency.html
Fossil fuel generators get six times the constraint payments that wind does. But it doesn’t get reported. (H/T Wiltshire Clean Air Alliance):
Barra turbine could be one of most productive in Western Europe: http://www.stornowaygazette.co.uk/news/local-headlines/barra-turbine-could-be-one-of-most-productive-in-western-europe-1-3267281
Emails reveal UK helped shale gas industry manage fracking opposition – Government officials accused of cheerleading for fracking by sharing ‘lines to take’ and meeting for post-dinner drinks:
UK defeats European bid for fracking regulations – blocks attempts to make environmental safeguards legally binding:
UPDATE 6th March 2014): Eric Pickles guilty of ‘double standards’ over energy planning applications: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/06/eric-pickles-double-standards-fracking-windfarm?utm_source=Energydesk+Daily+Email&utm_campaign=83885435a5-Energydesk_Dispatch5_9_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ad1a620334-83885435a5-50269929