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British Prime Minister could make manifesto pledge to get rid of wind turbines

Peter Dominiczak — The Telegraph (UK) — April 2, 2014

David Cameron could make manifesto pledge to get ‘rid’ of wind farms

A senior source close to the Prime Minister has said the Conservative leader wants to go into the next election pledging to curb the number of wind turbines across the countryside.

David Cameron wants to go into the next election pledging to “rid” the countryside of onshore wind farms, a source close to the Prime Minister has said.
Mr Cameron wants to toughen planning laws and tear up subsidy rules to make current turbines financially unviable – allowing the Government to “eradicate” turbines, the source said.
The move will delight campaigners in traditional Conservative countryside seats and comes amid a growing Coalition row over whether to try and cap the number of wind farms.
Mr Cameron is now “of one mind” with the Government’s most vociferous opponents of “unsightly” onshore wind turbines, the source added.
The Conservatives could make a manifesto pledge to cap the total number of wind farms, toughen up planning rules to make them harder to build or even lower Government subsidies for turbines, it is understood.

Cutting subsidies would not only reduce the number of planned wind farms but could encourage developers to start “dismantling” turbines built in recent years, the source said.

Officially, the Coalition Government supports the continued development of new onshore wind farms.

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, has repeatedly said that the Government is committed to onshore wind power as part of its “renewable energy mix”.

In recent years, Conservatives in the Government have managed to cut financial support for wind farms and have used planning laws to give communities increased powers to veto unpopular developments.  Continue reading here….

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One Comment on “British Prime Minister could make manifesto pledge to get rid of wind turbines”

  1. Dougal Quixote April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    With our PM the optimum word is “could”. Faith in veracity. Not in this world!

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