|UK Moving away from Green.|
The appointments in Prime Minister David Cameron's ministerial reshuffle on Tuesday mark a departure from his pledge to run Britain's greenest government, in favour of the fossil fuel sector that generates billions of pounds in tax revenue.UK Parliament is gaining some sense.
"There is a shift away from greener ministers in posts towards less green ministers and I think that's serious," Alan Whitehead, a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, said during an industry event on Tuesday.
However the changes didn't meet the approval of the Moonbat. Green George Monbiot in the Guardian wrote:
So that's it then. The final shred of credibility of "the greenest government ever" has been doused in petrol and ignited with a casual flick of a gold-plated lighter.Cameron had the sense to appoint John Hayes as Energy Minister. (link)
John Hayes replaced Charles Hendry as Energy Minister in the reshuffle.
Hayes has been a vocal opponent of wind farms, a technology the government regards as key to meeting climate change goals.
"Such tall structures will have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for local residents, the attractiveness of the area and its potential for tourism," Hayes said at a local council meeting, reflecting the views of his constituents campaigning against the construction of a wind farm.
He said wind farms would always be backed up by conventional power plants because of their unreliability and that they had a detrimental impact on wildlife.
"Wind power (considerably) increases the average household energy bills as the profit-hungry energy companies continue to chase the taxpayer funded subsidies and credits," the new Energy Minister said.In an Australian befuddled Government, Energy Minister Martin Ferguson may be the only one with some sense. He has turned his back on the previous plan to pay coal fired power stations to close down. (link)
TAXPAYERS will not pay for dirty power stations to be shut down after the government axed another element of its carbon tax package.
The move will save money for a tight budget, and is likely to be welcomed by communities that were concerned about wide-scale job losses
The “contract for closure” program was designed to offer financial incentives to power stations to shut down part of their operations, in order to clean up the environment.
But the Government announced today it would no longer offer money to the power stations, and that it had “ceased negotiations with electricity generators involved”.
h/t Benny Peiser