MPs' urge action following winter floods
Responding to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report on the winter floods of 2013/14, Friends of the Earth climate campaigner Guy Shrubsole said:
"Prevention is far better than cure - the most effective way we can prevent flooding getting worse is to stop burning the coal, oil and gas that's driving climate change, and causing the unusual weather incidents that are becoming more common.
"The Government's own figures show that climate change could put a million more people at significant flood risk by the 2020s, but Owen Paterson is trying to shirk this responsibility and instead seems to be focussing his energies into spinning flood defence budget figures.
"A responsible government would pull out all the stops to protect households, by investing properly in new flood defences and maintenance - Owen Paterson’s failure to do this means he should go."
Notes to editors:
1. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will publish Winter Floods 2013/14 at 00.01am on Tuesday 17 June: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/news/winter-floods-report-pub-announcement/
2. Ministers clarify flood defence spending figures | BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25766564
3. Details of Friends of the Earth’s campaigning around flooding: http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/climate/flooding_41880