Futures Forum: Fracking vs onshore wind: 'the system isn't fair' > campaign 'to lift the ban on onshore wind and hand decision-making power over local energy projects back to local people'
As pointed out in a comment on this blog entry:
But if the question had been would you rather live next to a wind farm, a fracking site or neither then ..... Not a valid question to give two unpopular alternatives and then claim the least unpopular is something people want.
Futures Forum: Would you rather live next to a wind farm or a fracking site?
Besides, is it really necessary to 'subsidise' one over the other:
Futures Forum: Onshore wind power “phenomenally competitive” on price
However, it is clear that the government prefers on over the other - as the campaign group 10:10 points out:
The government’s newest policy could ban wind for years to come
Us Brits love wind turbines. No, really. The government just checked, and a whopping 74% of us said we support onshore wind in the UK. The news is less good for fracking. Just 13% of us support its use in Britain. So, thanks to the government, things seem fairly clear: we love wind, and we don’t like fracking.
Not so fast. Because over the last three years, the government’s had it the other way around. In England, they’ve been forcing fracking on local communities, while making new wind turbines almost impossible to build. In 2015 they quietly issued a new piece of planning guidance for onshore wind that’s put insurmountable barriers in front of new projects - and led to a massive 94% reduction in applications for new turbines. What’s more, they’ve told us they’re doing this because the public doesn’t like onshore wind.
Confused? Us too. And it’s about to get worse.
The government has just announced new policy that tells English councils to help make fracking happen, while formally cementing the block on onshore wind into our planning system. This policy is part of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). And while that might sound like the most boring thing you’ve ever decided not to read, it could prevent us from generating more clean, cheap wind power for years to come.
That’s the bad news - but there’s some good news too. Before this policy gets approved, the government has to ask the public what we think of it. Which means we’ve got an opportunity to unlock onshore wind.
That’s why we’re delivering a petition to the government calling on them to make the rules fair.
Will you join us?
SIGN THE PETITION
The government’s newest policy could ban wind for years to come — 10:10
10:10 | The system is rigged against onshore wind: sign our petition
Here are some very interesting pieces on the debate over 'forcing councils to allow fracking':
Government seeks to strengthen planning case for onshore oil and gas – DRILL OR DROP?
NPPF skews planning in favour of fracking, says Greenpeace | Development + Infrastructure
Meanwhile, the government is asking for submissions:
Planning guidance for fracking inquiry launched
Planning guidance for fracking inquiry launched - News from Parliament - UK Parliament