Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, makes the case for renewable energy

October 26th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

In an outspoken attack on “green economy deniers”, Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, speaking at the RenewableUK Conference in Manchester, put the spotlight on the economic benefits to Britain of investing in green energy.

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, speaks at the RenewableUK conference in Manchester on 26 October 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

He pointed to more than a hundred announcements in this financial year alone that add up to almost £1.7 billion in renewable energy investment and over 9,000 jobs in regions the length and breadth of the UK.

Chris Huhne attacked what he called “an unholy alliance of short-termists, armchair engineers, climate sceptics and vested interests who are selling the UK economy short”.

The Energy Secretary said “Renewable energy technologies will deliver a third industrial revolution. Its impact will be every bit as profound as the first two.

“The revolution has already begun, from the Western Isles to the Isle of Wight. Across the length and breadth of Britain, new companies are creating new jobs and delivering the technologies that will power our future.

“At a time when closures and cuts dominate the news cycle, next-generation industries are providing jobs and sinking capital into Britain.

“I want to take aim at the curmudgeons and faultfinders who hold forth on the impossibility of renewables – the climate sceptics and armchair engineers who are selling Britain’s ingenuity short.

“Yes, climate change is a manmade disaster. Yes, the UK is only 2% of global carbon emissions. But if we grasp the opportunity now our businesses and economy can be much more than 2% of the solution.

“We are not going to save our economy by turning our back on renewable energy. “It is this three-party consensus that makes the UK such a good place to invest.

“So I can assure you that this coalition government has resolved that we will be the largest market in Europe for offshore wind.”

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