Cameron’s “weak position” on UK energy mix

The Prime Minister has been criticised for his “weak position” on the UK’s energy mix by the Leader of the Green Party. Caroline Lucas MP has panned David Cameron’s remarks […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Prime Minister has been criticised for his “weak position” on the UK’s energy mix by the Leader of the Green Party.

Caroline Lucas MP has panned David Cameron’s remarks at last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial for failing to “show real ambition for our trailblazing renewables sector”.

At the summit of at least 20 energy ministers from around the world, the Prime Minister said he “passionately believes rapid growth of renewables” is good for our future but with the emphasis on making it “financially sustainable”.

Writing an open letter to the Prime Minister, Ms Lucas said: “Your weak position on our long term energy mix is ill-informed, will be costly to householders in future and won’t put our country on track to exploit the employment opportunities of a truly thriving renewables industry.”

She went on: “I agree that renewables need to become financially sustainable. That is the purpose of providing public subsidies to new industries. But it is disingenuous to demand that renewables suddenly become financially sustainable at the same time as your government is indirectly subsidising the dirty fossil fuel industry.”

In the open letter in The Guardian, the Green Party leader goes on to ask for cuts to subsidies for nuclear power and fossil fuels, while suggesting the Prime Minister could “make a real difference” if he goes to the Earth summit in Rio in June.

The Prime Minister is said to be unable to attend the Rio+20 talks because of a diary clash with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.