Industry professionals working in renewable energy are aware of a spin machine working against them. What may be surprising to some, is that the spin is linked to UKIP. Using social media and databases, UKIP has infiltrated the system to whip up an anti–renewable energy agenda.
It is easy to underestimate the effectiveness of this activity and to ignore the impact on our democratic processes.
The Conservative Government has effectively decimated a vibrant solar PV and onshore wind industry in reaction to a powerful spin machine from UKIP. Reporting by Carole Cadwalladr in the Observer and Guardian has revealed the links between UKIP and Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Trump and Russia. Thus highlighting how hostile outside interference has disrupted our own economic affairs.
Politicians are just beginning to realise that the same pattern has occurred in relation to renewable energy as Brexit. And that the UKIP–Trump alliance is still active and holding us to ransom via social media campaigns and an oil industry agenda.