SNP Accuses Coalition of Being in 'Total Chaos' over Renewable Energy

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SNP Accuses Coalition of Being in 'Total Chaos' over Renewable Energy


Byline: Michael Blackley Scottish Political Reporter

ALEX Salmond last night accused the UK Government of being in 'total chaos' over green energy policy after a furious row erupted over wind farms.

The First Minister stepped in as a major split emerged over whether the relentless march of wind turbines should be halted.

Tory UK Energy Minister John Hayes had insisted that 'enough is enough' after turbines had been 'peppered around the country' with little or no regard for local opinion. But at an early morning showdown yesterday with his boss - Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey - Mr Hayes was told that he does not decide the Coalition Government's policy.

David Cameron told MPs yesterday there had been 'no change' to the Government's policy on green energy.

As details of the damaging split emerged, Mr Salmond insisted that people can be 'certain' of the SNP's policy on green energy.

He said: 'Some aspects of this, I suppose, are quite amusing, but there is a very serious point because, although people can be certain of the policy direction of Scotland - and that's going to secure us investment - there's total chaos and confusion now in terms of the policy in London.

'That needs to be sorted out as quickly as possible and I hope by the end of the day they will have an agreed plan on what their policy is and they will be able to tell the rest of us.' Mr Hayes, who only became Energy Minister last month, said he had commissioned research on the impact of wind turbines on the landscape and whether they drive down house prices. …

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