Sunday, February 17, 2008

Letter on Tory 'greenwash'.


Dear Editor,

I was most interested to see an article in your paper on Conservative proposals on small-scale solar and small wind turbines (Novel power to the People – Jan 16th 2008). I was hoping to read about a new initiative from this Conservative council to boost levels of microgeneration. But instead what I found was the latest cycle of greenwash from the Tory spin machine designed to impress voters in Croydon. The web site the article points to merely highlights a speech made by David Cameron.

Are they hoping that readers will ignore Conservative Council’s - like the one in South Cambridgeshire - that are rejecting plans for wind farms on ‘visual grounds’. Or are the Tories hoping that readers will overlook the fact that Conservative London Assembly members have opposed budget measures, put forward by the Greens, designed to have a positive impact on the environment?
Or maybe – just maybe - they are asking readers to forget the fact that when David Cameron cycles to work his car follows behind with his briefcase?

In fact if the Conservatives are genuinely commiteed to the principle of decentralised power and microgeneration then why are we not seeing more from this council? Much more could be achieved if there was genuine commitment. Thanks to a couple of elected Greens in Huddersfield, Kirklees Council is now responsible for generating 5% of the UK's total solar energy.
At a time when energy prices are soaring, renewable energy can make life fairer for everyone and can generate hundreds of thousands of jobs but as long as this Conservative politicians and this council ignore the science and just listen to the politics then nothing will be achieved.

Yours sincerely

Shasha Khan
Croydon Green Party

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