Energy secretary Chris Huhne has attacked “armchair engineers, climate sceptics and vested interests” for trying to prevent the construction of renewable energy infrastructure in the UK.
Huhne said at the RenewableUK conference that he will “take aim” at “curmudgeons and faultfinders” who claim that renewable energy deployment is impossible. He also responded to chancellor George Osborne’s speech at the Conservative Party conference who insisted the UK should only cut its carbon emission at a the same rate of the rest of the European Union.
“Yes, the UK [emits] only 2% of global carbon emissions,” said Huhne. “But if we grasp the opportunity now our businesses and economy can be much more than 2% of the solution.”
Huhne pointed to over a hundred announcements in this financial year that add up to almost £1.7bn in renewable energy investment, creating over 9,000 UK jobs.