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Speech Jonathan Bullock - Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation
First of all I would like to thank Mr Buzek for the work he has put in the drafting of this report. I share his point of view: modern economies are undergoing a profound transition in the way they produce, transmit, store and use energy.
I appreciate the effort of the Rapporteur to write a text based on sound energy considerations. However, my party and I cannot ignore the fact that the report agrees with the foolish concept of decarbonising Europe's economy and achieving climate targets as stated in the Paris agreement.
Secondly, coal use is on the increase globally - and nothing we in the Europe do will stop it. We hear a lot about China's increased use of solar power - but not so much about their increase in coal-fired generation.
Furthermore, the emissions savings achieved by renewables have been exaggerated. Wind is intermittent (as is solar), so it requires conventional back-up. That means the back-up is run intermittently and inefficiently - which means more fuel, and more emissions.
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