Senior renewable energy figures support Lib Dem involvement in next Government

Twenty figures from the renewable energy industry have written to the Independent on Sunday to say that they want Liberal Democrats to be involved in the next Government because of our record, in adverse circumstances, in this one. They said:

When the Coalition took office, both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats pledged to make it the ‘greenest government ever’.

Liberal Democrats kept to that pledge. Under the leadership of the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey, they have consistently acted to make this country cleaner, greener and more open to investment in renewables.  Some £37 billion has been invested in renewable energy, supporting 460,000 jobs as of 2013, reducing our carbon emissions and improving Britain’s energy security.

They go on to highlight that it really was the Liberal Democrats who were responsible for the good things done in this parliament:

We have been impressed with the determination of Liberal Democrat Ministers to fight for the environment agenda – even when they met significant resistance. Their efforts to preserve the UK’s natural environment and maintain its biodiversity include planting over a million trees to investing in our coastal paths, establishing 27 Marine Conservation Zones up and down the English coastline, cleaning up over 9,700 miles of rivers and 410 square miles of lakes and estuaries, and introducing a 5p charge on plastic bags from large firms.

We also welcome the prominence the Liberal Democrats have given to these issues in their manifesto vision for the next Government – notably their proposed programme of 5 Green Laws on the front page of their manifesto.

Why do they want the Liberal Democrats in the next government?

With the polls showing that another hung Parliament is likely, we hope – for the sake of the battle against climate change and for our environment – that any Coalition will include the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems can secure Britain’s progress towards a clean energy future and ensure that our country will continue to play a leading international role on the green agenda.

A couple of the signatories are very familiar – former Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and current peer Nicol Stephen, for a start and Susan Juned, but it is still a very significant endorsement from a highly important business sector.

 

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5 Comments

  • So the headline is :
    Renewables Bosses Want Lib Dem Subsidy ‘Tap’ to Remain Fully Open.

  • “Twenty figures from the renewable energy industry have written to the Independent on Sunday to say that they want Liberal Democrats to be involved in the next Government..”

    “A couple of the signatories are very familiar – former Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and current peer Nicol Stephen, for a start..”

    An object lesson in how to mess up an “independent” endorsement?

  • As The IOS reports –
    “… £37 billion has been invested in renewable energy, supporting 460,000 jobs as of 2013, ”

    This is at least a good story to tell with the Liberal Democrats on the correct side for once.

    Compared to some other areas of Government expenditure investment in renewable energy really is a win,win,win investment.

    As virtually nobody reads the IOS this message needs to be repeated in the rest of the media, in local leaflets and it would help if Clegg could talk about this sort of thing instead of saying “me Too” when the Tories attack the SNP.

    I would of course like more electricity generated from renewable resources. Whilst there is a roof remaining in the UK that has not got solar panels on it we are missing an opportunity whilst at the same time enriching the likes of Putin and the Saudis.

  • The most favourable comments I have seen in a long-time. Very accurate, and I am one who hopes that we can be involved in the next government, exactly to push ahead with the green and environmental agenda!

  • Simon Barton 27th Apr '15 - 1:21pm

    I’d like to see the environment brought to the fore in this election , and in politics generally. Not only is it more urgent and vital than any economic fiddling, but it is the prime element in establishing the basis for future wellbeing -in economic and other ways.
    Also we’re now at crunch time – we either act to secure a viable future now, or our descendents and indeed ourselves and many other species face truly dismal prospects ( a world where hunger and water shortages, soil degradation ,mineral exhaustion and habitat collapses, make the breakdown of law and order, the severe interruption of food imports, and trade exports, and most importantly the continued mass extinction of our fellow creatures unavoidable) .

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