Don’t Frack with Sussex protests at Amber Rudd’s surgery

Don't Frack with Sussex protestors
Don't Frack with Sussex protestors

Anti-fracking activists staged a demonstration on Friday (November 20) in protest against the government’s policies on renewable energy.

Members of Don’t Frack with Sussex pulled off the cake-themed protest at energy and climate change minister Amber Rudd’s surgery.

Dressed as tea ladies and presenting Ms Rudd with huge cakes bearing the messages Stop Backing Fracking and Start Being Green, the group descended upon the Hastings and Rye MP to deliver a 1,069 name petition, demanding she halts plans to frack in the UK and starts supporting renewable energy.

The group also dished out spoof recipe cards depicting what they think is Ms Rudd’s ‘recipe for disaster’.

Several fracking companies are seeking planning permission for sites in Sussex. They include two sites, namely Wisborough Green and Linchmere West, which are near to the border of the South Downs National Park.

Artist Beccy McCray, said: “Amber Rudd’s policies have cut solar energy subsidies by 87 per cent. We’re here to turn up the heat on her and demand a more sustainable policy.”

Charity owner Janey Moffatt said: “Renewable energy needs a bigger slice of the pie. Why are we investing in dirty, unsafe energy when there is free, abundant energy we could be putting into the mix?”

Last week Ms Rudd unveiled the government’s new energy strategy, which includes a consultation on ending unabated coal-fired power stations, those with no carbon capture facilities, by 2025, prioritising gas power stations, and a commitment to supporting offshore wind projects.

Ad executive Mike Laloe said: “It’s great she’s closing coal power stations by 2025 but why then fund gas-power stations? She says there’s no money for renewable subsidies but we can find billions to guarantee so-called Chinese investment in our nuclear power industry? How does that work?”

Last month Don’t Frack with Sussex turned the Long Man of Wilmington into a protestor, with the message, Frack Off, displayed above the hill figure in tarpaulin letters.

Ms Rudd said: “Gas is going to be an important part of the transition to a secure, low carbon energy system.

“It is right we explore British sources safely as we have over the past 30 years.

“We need a balance of energy, so we can keep costs down for hard-working families. That is why we are doubling spending on renewable energy over the next five years and supporting a new fleet of nuclear power stations. This will help us build a new energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century.”

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