Politics

Energy future is serious issue

I read with interest the report from our new MP on her first month at Westminster.

I was very pleased to see that her first question was to ask Minister Rory Stewart about support for farmers if voters decided to leave the EU. Sadly, without the political power of our French farming colleagues, virtually every farmer and the NFU are right to be deeply concerned at the possibility of having to rely on the ‘generosity’ of Mr Osborne for support.

Our relationship with Europe is hugely complex so it is a bit worrying that one of Mrs Trevelyan’s very first moves was to join the 50 anti-EU fanatic MPs before negotiations had begun. I don’t recall her taking such an extreme approach in her election material.

In contrast, she has been clear in her opposition to onshore wind-power, but it is ironic that the ending of Government support coincided with the news that Scotland produced 105 per cent of the electricity it consumed in May from renewables, the bulk of that from wind.

We are facing an energy supply crisis and it is surely the responsibility of those who have opposed wind power to come up with alternatives. The proposed new nuclear stations in Somerset are looking uncertain due to issues of cost and safety. Fracking has been shown by Cornell University to produce 20 per cent more greenhouse gases than dirty old coal.

A flight over the Dakotas or Texas will reveal the devastation of 7.5 million acres of cropland and grazing permanently destroyed by fracking ‘pads’, access roads and sand quarries; wind turbines are nothing in comparison. Since oil and gas prices fell in America, the whole ‘fracking bubble’ is in a state of total collapse because it is not only an environmental disaster, but also an extremely expensive form of energy production.

I hope that Mrs Trevelyan and her colleagues are taking our energy future seriously.

Aidan Harrison

Snitter