Questionnaire to prospective Parliamentary Candidates
A questionnaire consisting of 10 questions about energy conservation, renewable energy and climate change was sent to the known parliamentary candidates. They were asked to select an answer which best reflected their view, choosing from strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree. If they wished to explain their view on any question they could add a comment below the question, restricting their comment to no more than 150 words on each question.
Here are the questions:
- The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported that human-induced climate change is happening and needs to be addressed urgently.
- If I am in Government I will be working hard to see that the UN Climate Change talks (to be completed in December 2015) result in a successful outcome with binding targets which have a chance of keeping the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
- In view of the huge destabilising volatility we have seen in fossil fuel prices over the years it makes sense to invest in the UK's own renewable energy industry – where the prices of the source do not change.
- The UK has a very wide range of renewable energy sources – all of which should be encouraged.
- Do you agree with the Department of Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracking Survey:
which shows that most people either 'strongly support' or 'support' onshore wind?
- Experience shows that the cost of capturing wind energy on-shore is half the cost of doing the same off-shore.
- Do you agree with the Deutsche Bank report in 2011 which clearly stated 'we do not expect the impact of shale-gas production on EU gas prices to be anywhere near as great as has been the case with US shale-gas production'?
- It is of prime importance that funds be put into insulating properties as a way of reducing the UK's waste of energy.
- Giving short-term 'grants' for insulation and energy efficiency at specific times causes providers, working in the insulation business, problems of continuity of work.
- Climate Change is the most challenging of the problems facing our planet and we owe it to future generations to do our utmost to address it.
The following table shows the response from each candidate. The responses are abreviated as follows:
Strongly Agree (SA) Agree (A) Neither Agree nor Disagree (N) Disagree (D) Strongly Disagree (SD)
N/A indicates that the candidate declined to complete the questionnaire in the required form.
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