Renewables scourge Struan Stevenson backs a new ‘dash for gas’
Struan Stevenson, Tory MEP for Scotland, is also president of the Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup in the European Parliament. On the MEP’s website it says Struan is a ‘firm believer in renewable energy’.
However, Stevenson is resolutely opposed to windfarms, supported The Donald’s recent attack on the Scottish government’s energy policies and most recently came out against marine renewables as well with a daft claim that they would damage seagrass ’blue carbon’ sinks.
Now in an article in today’s Scotland on Sunday Stevenson is waving the flag for fracking. This must surely destroy the last shred of credibility he has as an alleged supporter of renewables. Gas is not renewable, it is not low carbon and it is not clean.
In the article Stevenson repeats the usual garbage, claiming that wind turbines stand idle 75% of the time, that the cause of rising gas prices is the need to provide back-up for wind and that the primary cause of fuel poverty in Scotland is renewables subsidies. Meanwhile he calms fears about fracking with asinine comments like:
‘Shell say . . that as long as well shafts are properly sealed with concrete there is negligible risk . . . ‘ - conveniently overlooking the biggest environmental contamination incident in recent years, Deepwater Horizon, which was triggered by a faulty cement job.
What exactly is this guy doing on a Climate Change group? What a farce.