Scottish Liberal Democrat Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has blasted moves by the Tory government to exclude new onshore wind farms from a subsidy scheme early next year as a “backwards step” for the UK’s energy mix.
Mr Carmichael said:
“This is full-throttle Tory energy policy.
“Their decision to end the renewables obligation for onshore wind is a backwards step for the UK’s energy mix.
“It is a lamentable sop to the Tory right-wing who would sooner have us concede the battle on climate change than commit properly to renewables. This blinkered and outdated view of the world is bad news for the environment, but it is also bad news for jobs and investment.
“In coalition government Liberal Democrats blocked these madcap Tory ideas. In opposition, we will lead the campaign against them.”