So Griff objects to a solar plant near his home. Leggett says:
We know that the lights will start going out in Britain in 2016, unless new electricity generation comes onstream. It can\’t be coal. That much most of us agree on, if not because of the emissions, then because the EU has already made the decision, in its Large Combustion Plants Directive and other climate commitments.
Could it be gas? In principle yes. But increasingly we\’d have to rely on overseas favour, because anyone outside the Treasury who knows what happens in a Texan shale-gas fracking operation knows in their hearts that – whatever we might feel about the desirability of gas – there would be civil war in rural England if there are attempts to produce it on land at any scale here.
People would complain about gas so we can\’t have gas. People are complaining about solar so we must have solar. Good argument, innit?
Did you know that Mr. Leggett runs a solar power installation firm?