From Delingpole’s Telegraph Blog and how true it is. Davey held back fracking for over eighteen months and we suspect continues to do so. Is a Minister who describes objectors saddled with noise, visual intrusion, shadow flicker and tumbling property values as stone-age victims of the DECC fit for purpose. Well obviously Delingpole doesn’t and most of us probably concur!
Consider the latest outburst from Ed Davey at the Lib Dem conference on wind turbines and shale gas. Davey – a greenie-lefty ideologue with the charisma of a bowl of congealed porridge – is the kind of stolid, minor party functionary who would normally never have come within a mile of public office. But thanks almost entirely to David Cameron, this born loser and low-rent malcontent, has somehow found himself with more power than any of the ministers belonging to the majority party of government.
First he squashed Energy Minister John Hayes; then he sabotaged Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles’s attempt to make it easier for communities to prevent wind factories being erected on their doorstep; now he’s trying to undermine efforts by DEFRA Secretary of State Owen Paterson to reassess wind turbines in the light of real-world evidence (as opposed to made-up figures generated from the imaginations of the green ideologues at the Department of Energy and Climate Change – and their mates at places like RenewableUK).
Further up the food chain, Davey has successfully frustrated the Chancellor’s best hopes for a real (as opposed to a housing-bubble-inflated) recovery by throwing every possible obstacle in the way of Britain’s shale gas bonanza. While pretending to be loosely supportive of the project as a way of diversifying our “energy mix”, Davey has been busily pouring cold water on it by playing up the potential risks and by playing down the economic benefits. It’s Davey, more than anyone, who is responsible for spreading that meme that flooding the market with trillions of cubic feet of shale gas will have no noticeable effect on price.
Of course, Davey is bound to come up with this sort of Conservative-baiting rubbish at a conference full of Lib Dems. What’s depressing is that he is speaking no more than the truth: this potato-faced nobody really has got one over John Hayes and Eric Pickles and Owen Paterson, decent men all whose opinions ought to be taken far more seriously than Davey’s. There is, furthermore, no question that he has stymied George Osborne and held back the recovery.