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UrbanWind chief condemns government fracking plans

Paul McCullagh, chief executive of UrbanWind
Paul McCullagh, chief executive of UrbanWind

Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, has accused the government of being driven by ‘desperation’ and ‘beset by panic’, following controversial plans to relax trespass laws for fracking.

He has called on David Cameron to support the renewables sector with a clear strategy and incentives to encourage investment, rather than opting to increase the life of ageing nuclear power stations or extend our dependence on fossil fuels via fracking.

“The coalition is desperately banking on fracking to get them out of a hole,” he said.

“The government has avoided giving a clear and transparent policy on energy throughout its term in power. As a result, the energy crisis is now becoming critical.

“However, disappointingly, David Cameron is once again turning his back on the importance of renewables, such as on-shore wind power, as a key part of the solution to avoiding the ‘energy crunch’ that we are now facing.

“It is time for the government to get its act together and start supporting renewable energy technologies with a clear strategy and incentives to attract investment.”