Ed Davey: I’m proud to have stopped fracking, despite energy crisis

By Paul Homewood



h/t Philip Bratby

It appears that a certain Ed Davey bears special responsibility for our energy crisis:





Sir Ed Davey has said he remains proud that he was the person who “basically stopped” fracking in the UK, despite the current energy crisis.

Sir Ed, the Liberal Democrat leader, served as energy secretary in the coalition government between 2012 and 2015.

He told The Telegraph his party would run on an anti-fracking platform against the Conservatives in by-elections and at the next general election if the next Tory leader tried to resume the drilling as prime minister.

In 2012, he introduced a strict regulation that means companies have to halt work if they trigger tremors over 0.5 magnitude.

Shale gas firms have said commercial fracking cannot take place under the rule. Appearing on Channel 4 in 2019, Sir Ed said the rule had “actually meant that the fracking industry has not developed in this country at all”.

“I’m very proud that you’re looking at the person who basically stopped the fracking industry in this country,” he added.

In the same interview, he said fracking was not needed because of the “success of our renewable policy, particularly in offshore wind, means we’re not going to need anywhere near the amount of gas we did before”.

Craig MacKinlay, a Tory backbencher who is backing Ms Truss against Rishi Sunak, hit back by claiming the Lib Dems bore “a unique responsibility” for the current crisis because they had “prevented any sensible energy policy during the coalition years”.

“I hope that Sir Ed Davey will publicly apologise for stopping the potential for domestic shale gas, which could have made a decent impact in delivering energy security, lower costs and CO2 savings compared to imported liquefied natural gas,” he said.

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




August 28, 2022 at 03:57AM

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