Climate campaigners welcome Meriden MP's support of onshore wind expansion - The Solihull Observer

Climate campaigners welcome Meriden MP's support of onshore wind expansion

Solihull Editorial 3rd Jul, 2019 Updated: 3rd Jul, 2019   0

CLIMATE campaigners have welcomed the support of Meriden MP Dame Caroline Spelman who has backed the expansion of onshore wind.

Pressure groups at 10:10 Climate Action and Power for People have praised her for supporting new onshore wind projects.

She has signed a cross-party letter to outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May asking for the removal of the blocks to onshore wind energy.

The letter, now signed by 60 MPs, including 26 Conservatives, highlights that onshore wind is supported by over three quarters of the UK public.

Dame Caroline said “Onshore wind is a key part of decarbonising the UK’s energy system – and even has potential to bring down energy bills for consumers because of its low cost.

“I will do all I can to support onshore wind and ensure these changes are realised.”

She added that wind is the country’s cheapest energy source.

Despite public concern about climate change reaching a ten year high, since 2015 government policy has prevented new onshore wind turbines from being built.

Campaign manager at 10:10 Climate Action Ellie Roberts said: “We’re delighted that Caroline is standing up for onshore wind. “For years, new wind projects have been grinding to a halt due to government blocks – just at the moment we need to be stepping up our action on climate change.”

Director of Power for People Steve Shaw said: “By signing this letter, Dame Caroline is helping bring back one of our cheapest and most popular renewables. We warmly welcome their support for onshore wind.”


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