Citing the situation in the area of outstanding natural beauty of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, where there are plans to exploit shale gas, Sir Graham said: “of course we need to reduce our dangerous levels of energy dependence on Russia, but the extraction of shale gas requires millions of litres of water and chemicals, it threatens already scarce water supplies with contamination and it risks geological fracturing which can lead to earthquakes.”
“I have in my constituency an area of outstanding natural beauty where there are plans to exploit shale gas. This is simply not needed,” he said. “We have green, clean energy everywhere. While we will, in some countries, to some extent, no doubt develop shale gas, we can invest now in alternative technologies that can provide for almost all of our energy needs.”
European Liberal Democrats believe "energy transition is of crucial importance to Europe and climate change, ever increasing dependency on energy imports and rising energy prices pose a triple challenge for EU member states and Europe as a whole". Against the backdrop of an unprecedented economic and financial crisis in Europe, the Congress adopted a resolution that stated "the challenges of a secure, sustainable energy supply and climate change are as urgent as ever”.
The resolution, amongst other things, calls for “renewable energy sources to be supported in order to help the sector to grow and make it competitive, but those sector-specific subsidies to be phased out as the industry grows and competes freely with other low-carbon forms of generation”.
Hailing from the truly beautiful South West region of the UK, Andrew now works in Brussels and is a UK passport holder, European citizen, and a twice employee at the European Parliament.
While the EU in its current form is far from perfect, he is nonetheless firmly of the belief that the UK's prosperity and place in the world is best served as a member state and not as an isolated bystander.
Since October 2009, this blog seeks to document the work that our region's MEPs do for us in Brussels. As such, predictably, it rarely features UKIP.