I am proud that I stopped fracturing, despite the energy crisis

I am proud that I stopped fracturing, despite the energy crisis

I am proud that I stopped fracturing, despite the energy crisis

Sir Ed Davey says fracking in the British countryside won't mean reducing heating bills - Dale Cherry

Sir Ed Davey says fracking in the British countryside won’t mean reducing heating bills – Dale Cherry

Sir Ed Davey said he was proud to have been the person who “substantially stopped” fracking in the UK, despite the current energy crisis.

Sir Ed, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, was secretary of energy in the coalition government between 2012 and 2015.

He told The Telegraph that his party would run on an anti-fracking platform against conservatives in the by-election and upcoming general election if the next Conservative leader tried to resume drills as prime minister.

In 2012, it introduced strict regulation which means companies must stop work if they trigger tremors of magnitude greater than 0.5.

Shale gas companies have argued that commercial fracking cannot take place under the rule. Appearing on Channel 4 in 2019, Sir Ed said the rule “actually meant the fracking industry hasn’t developed in this country at all.”

“I am very proud that you are looking at the person who practically stopped the fracking industry in this country,” he added.

In the same interview, he said that fracking was not necessary due to the “success of our renewables policy, particularly in offshore wind, it means that we won’t even remotely need the amount of gas we did before.”

Sir Ed told The Telegraph that he stayed true to what he said in 2019, saying: “Attending the British countryside would not mean reducing heating bills as gas prices are set internationally and would not provide energy security now or long term.

“The real problem is this government’s inability to continue Lib Dem policies to insulate homes and invest in renewable energy, which has meant that people’s bills are higher and we now have to import more gas.”

The LibDems have attracted accusations of Nimbyism by conducting successful supplementary election campaigns, such as in Chesham and Amersham, in which they openly opposed planning reforms and new developments.

Sir Ed indicated that his party will also seek to arm fracking against the Tories if Liz Truss keeps her promise to lift the “moratorium” on the practice, which has been in place since 2019.

“If the Conservatives change their anti-fracking policy over the past seven years, the Liberal Democrats will campaign against it,” he said.

Craig MacKinlay, a conservative supporter who is backing Ms. Truss against Rishi Sunak, responded by stating that the LibDems had “a single responsibility” for the current crisis because they had “prevented any reasonable energy policy during the coalition years.”

“I hope Sir Ed Davey will publicly apologize for stopping the potential of domestic shale gas, which could have had a decent impact in providing energy security, lower costs and CO2 savings than imported liquefied natural gas,” he said.

Despite the rule he introduced, Sir Ed spoke out in support of fracking when he was secretary of energy before changing his mind later. In 2013, he said it “wasn’t the evil thing some people try to make it sound like” and could bring “jobs, tax revenues and greater energy security.”

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