UK energy secretary Chris Huhne today attacked the à¢€Å“unholy alliance of climate sceptics and armchair engineersà¢€ that he said are à¢€Å“selling Britainà¢€â„¢s ingenuity shortà¢€ by rubbishing the countryà¢€â„¢s renewable energy targets.
Speaking at a conference in Manchester hosted by trade body RenewableUK, Huhne said it was time to à¢€Å“retire the mythsà¢€ that renewables are too expensive, cannot deliver at scale and are unreliable and uneconomic.
He said the à¢€Å“sharp reality of green growthà¢€ was demonstrated by figures which showed that last year 4,500 new jobs were created in à¢€Å“the low-carbon sectorà¢€.
Huhne also said shale gas should not be seen as à¢€Å“our saviourà¢€ ahead of renewables. à¢€Å“We donà¢€â„¢t yet know the full extent of shale gas here à¢€“ how economically or environmentally viable it will be to extract or by when. At best it is years away. Shale gas may be significant. It is exciting. But we do not yet know enough to bet the farm on it.à¢€