Against New Fossil Fuels and Fracking

3 Mar 2023

Claire has fought against exploration and excavation on sites across Surrey, including Leith Hill, Horse Hill and Dunsfold.   Previously, in her capacity as a councillor, she requested Surrey County Council disallows renewals of fossil fuel extraction contracts and any new applications.   

She has also taken action against investment in fossil fuels regarding the Surrey Pension Fund.  Claire has opened up discussions to get the pension fund and its investment to reach net zero by 2035, in line with Lib Dem national targets.

Claire states, 'Renewable green energy is cheaper, cleaner, better for our health and our planet Earth.  I am disgusted that the so-called windfall tax on these massively profitable companies makes it possible for them to get away with only paying nine pence out of every pound if they reinvest in fossil fuel extraction in the UK. I am completely against the 900 new licences the Government has issued for fossil fuel extraction. These licences won't help us with the present fuel price rises.  According to official figures, it can take decades to go from discovering a new field to getting any oil or gas out of the ground. Onshore and offshore wind farms or solar projects can be installed far quicker and would benefit our purses and climate.  The average time to assemble a wind farm that's capable of generating 50 MW of energy is only 6 months.'


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