We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Crisis, what crisis?

July 22, 2022 1:59 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

94naThe importance of meaningful change to address global warming has been highlighted over the past week as the country has baked under record temperatures

This makes the current leadership election in the Conservative party even more depressing as both the final candidates have lukewarm approaches to the issues we face

Ms. Truss has rowed back on some of the government's current policies and has a record, of generally voting against measures to fight climate change.

This includes voting not to require ministers to have "due regard" of the net zero 2050 target when taking actions like setting up agricultural subsidy schemes (Agriculture Bill, October 2020), and voting not to require a "climate and nature emergency impact statement" as part of a proposal for financial assistance (UK Internal Market Bill, September 2020). She also oversaw the taking out of the trade agreement with Australia clauses that would underpin their compliance with the Cop26 climate targets

Mr Sunak has said he supports the target of net zero carbon by 2050 but he has not been an enthusiastic supporter - his last budget didn't even mention climate change although he did cut UK air passenger duty.

He too has almost always voted against measures to prevent climate change. In February 2020, he voted not to call on the Government to make a plan to eliminate the majority of transport emissions by 2030.He voted not to reduce the permitted carbon dioxide emission rate of new homes (Housing and Planning Bill, May 2016).He also voted against setting a decarbonisation target in the UK (Energy Bill, March 2016), and he voted to apply the "climate change levy" to electricity generated from renewable sources (Summer Budget, July 2015).

We have always had our doubts about whether the government's plans met their stated aspirations on climate change (see here for example) so it has come as no surprise to see that the High Court has found the Government's strategy for getting to Net Zero is inadequate and unlawful

In a detailed judgment and order published this week, the High Court held that the proposals for achieving Net Zero approved by the Secretary of State were too vague to enable him to be satisfied that the statutory targets would be met. And that the report placed before Parliament lacked the specificity necessary to meet the Secretary of State's duty to inform Parliament and the public of his plans.

The Court has ordered that the existing strategy be fleshed out with the detail necessary for Parliamentary and public scrutiny within the next eight months. The Government has also been ordered to pay costs.

All in all, not a pretty picture and one which suggests if the climate crisis is one of your concerns, then the Conservatives are not the ones to rely upon to address it

You can see Liberal Democrat policies on climate here.