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Greenpeace lambastes government

Greenpeace has lambasted the UK government over delays in forming a policy on renewable energy. Peter Melchett, executive director of Greenpeace, calls the delay "depressing, unacceptable and inexcusable." It robs the UK of the potential for a sustainable industry and thousands of new jobs, he says. Far from wind becoming one of the UK's new industries, only 5% of wind turbines installed so far in the country have been made in Britain, Lord Melchett points out. In 1997, energy minister John Battle launched a review into how the UK can achieve 10% of electricity from renewables. "Seventeen months later we are still waiting for its outcome," he says. Melchett criticises the help given to the fossil fuel industry -- particularly oil. Government had created a task force on oil exploration when what is needed is a powerful government and industry task force for renewable energy. Even Rodney Chase, the deputy chief executive officer of British Petroleum, has urged the government to establish incentives for development of renewables, notes Melchett.

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