Former US Vice-President and environment campaigner Al Gore has joined the growing chorus of concern at the UK Government’s decision to cut support for onshore renewable energy projects.
Speaking at a climate change conference of business leaders in London, Gore said he was “puzzled” by the Tory government’s decision to roll back support for renewable energy and called on the UK government to instead show leadership on climate change.
The intervention from Al Gore follows mounting criticism from business leaders, environmental NGOs, and renewable energy companies, including Banks Renewables and the CBI
MP Callum McCaig, the SNP spokesperson on Energy and Climate Change at Westminster, said; “The SNP share Al Gore’s serious concern at the UK government’s inexplicable decision to cut support for onshore renewable energy projects.
“This reckless and damaging move is bad news for jobs, bad news for business, and risks derailing important efforts to improve the UK’s energy security and reduce our carbon emissions.
“While Scotland has been a world leader in supporting the deelopment and use of renewable technologies, the UK government is now putting the progress we have made at risk with little regard for the negative impact it will have on Scotland’s energy supply, local jobs, or the environment.”