If you were not one of the c400 members that attended our AGM in London on Saturday, this is what you missed…
If you weren’t able to attend (perhaps you were watching the rugby?), why not put next year’s AGM in your diary – 10 October 2020. I hope to see you there.
I don't know where the 'support all energy schemes' comes from but whilst it may be well intentioned it is profoundly - and dangerously - wrong. Far too many schemes are badly thought through or aggressively commercial, or both. RSPB rightly and vigorously opposed the EU biofuels initiative which has led to rainforest clearance for palm oil, whilst European crops like oil seed rape consume 70% of their carbon value in growing, largely due to fossil fuel fired nitrogen fertiliser. Solar is another example - how is it that green fields are being covered in panels - at least as bad as building houses - whilst the super-powerful construction sector has prevented Government from insisting panels go on the roves of new houses, which would be entirely positive ? (it would cost £7,000 per house - Persimmon, notorious for its £100 million bonus payout, made a profit of £69,000 per house !) I was involved with onshore wind in England, subsequently and rightly banned by the Government. Engineer led, there was minimal concern for landscape, people of wildlife - only connection to the grid seemed to be an issue and there was lots of money for ecological consultants to blast applications through planning against all opposition. I think we could have more onshore wind in the future, but, like all green energy schemes it MUST be properly planned so that it doesn't do more harm than good.
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