Osborne 1, Planet 0 – but it is not Game Over yet
Following on from previous items I have posted regarding the potentially-illegal Energy Bill drafted by the Conservative Party, such as:
- A very unsustainable Energy Bill (24 May 2012)
- Is the UK government on a flight from reality? (19 September 2012)
- Greenest government ever – Fail (8 October 2012)
- A plea from the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK (16 November 2012)
… this is the latest email I have received from Greenpeace:
A black smog is hanging over Parliament.
Following the ‘Energygate’ scandal, the reputation of the Conservative Party on climate change lies in tatters on the steps of Westminster. The hardline anti-renewable energy faction in the Conservatives has cowed the Lib Dems into submission.
The draft Energy Bill leaked last Friday was a major blow to progress on tackling climate change. The Bill is a key opportunity to drastically cut our carbon emissions.
These politicians have raised the stakes, now it’s time we do the same.
If the Energy Bill passes unchanged, it will pave the way for more fossil fuels, unstable household bills and increasing fuel poverty.
It will fire the starting gun for George Osborne’s dash for gas. But there’s a long way to go before the finish line. It has to make it over a number of hurdles before it is enshrined in law so it’s not over yet.
Together we’ve changed the political landscape on energy, helping to make this climate change scandal front page news. We are a movement of over 40,000 – and growing – people telling David Cameron to get his priorities straight.
As the global climate negotiations offer little hope, our responsibility in the UK to cut carbon emissions has never been more important. Securing a strong Energy Bill could see virtually carbon-free electricity by 2030.
We know the Arctic is melting faster than ever before – this year was the lowest ice on record. If that’s not an urgent call for us to up our game, I don’t know what is.
Our local groups are the beating heart of Greenpeace. Find one near you and join us.
See you soon,
Pete & the energy team
The UK government should not be allowed to ignore the fundamental purpose of the Climate Change Act 2008 or the agreement reached at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh PA in 2009. It cannot be right to burden consumers with the cost of investing in renewable energy and simultaneously guaranteeing a subsidised future for fossil fuel combustion. I therefore hope all readers in the UK will take action to stop this Bill being passed into Law.