The SNP have secured a debate this week in the House of Commons on the UK-Govt’s trade and economic policies, in which they aim to highlight the ‘shambles’ over renewable energy.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Aberdeen South MP Callum McCaig – who is also the SNP’s energy spokesperson at the Westminster parliament – said today:
“One of the areas most lacking in any kind of leadership or vision from the UK government is the total absence of vision in renewable energy investment where there is no coherent strategy – with even the UN describing the UK Government’s policies as’ reckless and irrational’.
“Despite repeated calls from the SNP and leading industry figures for the implementation of meaningful incentives for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea, the UK Government has sat on its hands while jobs are being shed.
“We have a world class industry based in Aberdeen and with the right support it will continue to make a major contribution to the Scottish economy.’
”From the scrapping of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS ) scheme at Peterhead – to the slashing of green renewable energy subsidies – it is widely and rightly condemned.
“Westminster’s treatment of the renewables industry has destroyed confidence right across the energy sector, and could well drive investment overseas and ultimately push up the price of bills for consumers.
“The Tories have mounted nothing less than an assault against the renewable sector hitting Scotland very badly.
“Even the United Nations’ Chief Environment scientist, Professor Jacquie McGlade, has described the UK Government’s renewables cuts as ” reckless, regressive and irrational ‘ and has described the plans to cut support as ‘ a serious – very perverse signal”
”The U-turn and scrapping of the £1 billion pound programme for Carbon and Capture Storage completely shocked Shell and other companies who were developing and preparing for it.
“The UK’s energy policy is a total shambles and security of supply is under extreme pressure and the government needs to listen and change direction urgently.
“The UK Government should be doing everything they can to support all forms of clean energy production, rather than choking it off with these ludicrous cuts.”