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27 March 2006

Barrett attacks Darling over lack of environmental ambition

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today accused Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Darling of a ‘lack of ambition’over renewable energy.

Mr Barrett’s comments came after the Secretary of State told the Scottish Renewables annual conference that the UK should not rule out future energy contributions from any part of the industry, including nuclear.

Scottish Renewables had already warned that weakening of the governments support for renewables would have dire results for the green energy sector and climate change goals. The government is expected to unveil a major review of its climate change policies some time tomorrow.

In a statement, John Barrett said:

“The Secretary of State talks about having an open mind, but it is clear that the government have already made up their minds in favour of nuclear power.

“The government’s own Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has already concluded that the risks of nuclear energy outweigh its advantages. However the government still seems determined to push ahead with expensive unproven second generation of nuclear power stations.

“It is time to throw our full weight behind renewable energy and show the green energy sector that we are fully committed to a greener Scotland based on renewable fuels. Only by fully committing to renewable forms of energy can we attract the investment that is needed in this technology.

“Scotland has huge potential in renewable energy sources – what we need is the political will to follow through. However, today’s comments by Alistair Darling simply underline the government’s woeful lack of ambition.”


Notes

For more information on the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) visit: http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/presslist.php?id=51

Alistair Darling was speaking at the Scottish Renewables annual conference

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