Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

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Clare exposes Navitus myths in Independent

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On Saturday 24 January, the Independent carried an article about the Navitus Bay wind farm development. 

That article repeated erroneous claims made by Navitus' opponents, that the development threatens to strip the Jurassic Coast of its World Heritage status. 

On Thursday 29 January the Independent printed a letter in response from Clare, in which she addressed this inaccuracy and associated issues.

The Jurassic Coast's World Heritage status is based on its geological significance, not its natural setting. As such, Unesco has, contrary to your article, states publicly that the proposed development will have no impact on the Coast's particular criterion for qualification or World Heritage Designation.

A focus on statistics provided from the private polling of a politician, with all the inherent methodological concerns this carries, seems odd. More so when independent polling of residents in the area indicates majority support for the proposal.

Furthermore, no question is asked of those who wish to see the development abandoned, like Mr Burns and members of Challenge Navitus, as to what alternative solutions they propose to meet the UK's increasing energy dependency.

To date, I have heard of no other development-ready solution from Navitus's opponents. The government's only other iron in the fire is fracking. Is it Mr Burns's view that carving apart the Purbeck hills in each of shale gas is preferable to a wind farm nine miles from the Dorset coast?

At a time when the cost and complexity of extracting fossil fuels grows, and instability in Eastern Europe and the Middle East raises questions about the security of our existing supply, not forgetting our climate obligations, we need Navitus Bay. As the havoc wreaked last year by the storms in my constituency showed, climate change is real and its impact significant. The UK must invest in new, secure and sustainable energies.

Clare Moody
MEP (Lab, South West and Gibraltar)
Member of the Industry, Trade, Research and Energy Committee

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