Britain could be a world leader in clean energy and renewables, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ed Davey told a full auditorium at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Saturday.
At the ‘Decarbonising Capital’ event on November 2, hosted by David Chadwick, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for North Dorset, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change said the Conservatives were wrecking the UK’s climate credentials by blocking the wind sector, cutting solar subsidies, cancelling the Lib Dem’s Zero Carbon Homes initiative and delaying proposed tidal power projects.
Sir Ed claimed a new government could “reverse the damage done”. To do this, he said the UK needs to continue its focus on leadership in renewables – not just to cut emissions – but also reduce its energy dependency on Russia and Saudi Arabia to drive technological innovation and to create jobs.
All this would be possible inside a united Europe and added that “as an isolated state, we would be beholden to both Russia’s Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince for our fuel.”
His own party’s environmental policies would be announced in the run-up to the general election and the proposed sliding scale air tax, which he said penalises only the most frequent business travellers and jetsetters, was a taste of things to come.
The evening was chaired by Sir Ed’s wife, Emily Gasson, the former North Dorset Lib Dem candidate from 2001-2010. Host David Chadwick, 27, said he is already throwing sparks of energy himself into the upcoming election campaign.
David said he will be appearing at rallies and campaign events across the county over the next few weeks and pounding the streets of North Dorset to speak with constituents.