I have received hundreds of emails from constituents asking how I am going to vote tomorrow on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive.
I will vote against the legislative report on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.
The European Commission continues to impose never-ending objectives for emissions reductions. EU policies oblige us to invest vast amounts of money on initiatives that will have little or no effect on climate change.
I believe that it is pure illusion to believe that decarbonising the economy will help Europe’s energy independence, whilst at the same time increasing job opportunities.
In fact, intermittent renewable energy sources (like wind power) are unreliable, as they need a backup system. Further, the jobs created are temporary “green” jobs.
Brexit means that we can stop pursuing meaningless and ineffective environmental targets made in Brussels and work together with the rest of the world to protect the environment in a way which protects our energy supply and jobs.