Onshore wind turbines: UK Tories tear apart

Parliamentarian Simon Clarke (here in June 2022) is bringing an amendment to the “Leveling Up” law allowing onshore wind turbines to be built again. SOPA Images/Tejas Sandhu / SOPA Images/Sipa

Tory parliamentarians are demanding an end to the freezing of new onshore wind farms and calling for the revision of a law currently under review.

Correspondent in London

A slingshot is blowing on the British government around wind power. Faced with a rebellion of conservative parliamentarians, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, is forced to let go of ballast on the subject of onshore wind turbines.

Downing Street sought to defuse the controversy on Monday, saying that Rishi Sunak was in favor of building onshore wind farms where there is local consent. Until now, he had said he respected the de facto moratorium that exists on the construction of new land parks, favoring offshore wind power.

But Tory MPs are calling for a review of the ‘Leveling Up’ Act – the policy to tackle regional inequalities in Britain – currently pending in parliament. By once again allowing the construction of onshore wind turbines. It is an influential parliamentarian, Simon Clarke, minister for “Leveling Up” under Liz Truss, who carries the amendment

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