Press release
Davey: Tory elements undermining climate action

Commenting on Ed Davey’s claim today [Thursday 13 February 2014] that elements of the Conservative party are blocking action on climate change, Friends of the Earth Climate Campaigner Donna Hume said:

“Essential political action on climate change is being undermined, but the blame lies at the heart of Government with ministers like Owen Paterson and George Osborne – and not just at its fringes.

“David Cameron says climate change is linked to more extreme weather, yet he has appointed sceptic ministers and is gung-ho for shale gas.

“But the Lib Dems have played their part in blocking climate action too, by voting against a clean power target, backing shale, and undermining efforts for a new EU renewable energy target.

“With thousands of households struggling to cope in storm-battered Britain, it’s time to put tackling climate change at the heart of policy-making.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Floods: David Cameron must face down climate scepticism in his own party, writes Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins.

2. UK flood crisis: If we faced a devastating terrorist threat, would our government be responding with such astounding apathy? Of course not, says Friends of the Earth's Policy and Campaigns Director Craig Bennett.

 

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