Green Party in England & Wales
Greens launch real public consultation on energy
The Green Party is today launching its own public consultation on the future
of energy use and electricity generation in the UK, in the wake of the
launch of the government's Energy Review.
The Greens' survey will be conducted between 1st February and 15th April
2006 in the street and via public meetings held by Green Parties across the
country. This process will truly engage the public, in contrast to the
public consultation being held as part of the government Energy Review,
which was launched by the DTI on 23rd January.
Keith Taylor, Principal Speaker of the Green Party, says of the DTI
consultation, "The questions posed to the public by the DTI are
over-complicated, require long answers, and don't encourage ordinary people
to contribute. This will restrict the 'debate' to experts and those with the
resources to write lengthy and detailed responses.
"The Green Party believes that ordinary people do have strong views on the
future of energy in the UK and that the opinions of these people should be
heard. Our consultation is asking questions in much simpler terms and will
provide some clear and simple answers for the government to consider."
In a further effort to engage ordinary people with the Energy Review, local
Green Parties will be organising public meetings in communities all over the
UK to discuss the issues in depth, and then put together 'community
responses' to the DTI consultation.
Keith Taylor says, "We believe this is a job the government should be doing,
but which we are happy to take on in order to ensure the views of the people
are heard on these crucial questions."
The Green Party's public consultation forms part of a major campaign, "Green
Energy Works" (www.greenenergyworks.org.uk).
The campaign also aims to switch two million households and businesses to
green electricity tariffs by the end of 2006 and to stimulate a rush of
applications to exhaust within months the £30 million Low Carbon Building
Fund renewable energy grants, which begin in April.
Keith says of the campaign, "It is clear that Tony Blair has already decided
to press ahead with more nuclear power whatever the results of the DTI
consultation, and to continue to provide only a tiny amount of support for
small-scale renewable energy projects. The Green Party aims to use consumer
pressure to send Mr Blair a message he can't ignore - that the public want
more investment in energy-saving and renewable energy, not nuclear power."