Green Party in England & Wales
The Green Party today responded to Gordon Brown and David Cameron's latest
'green' profferings with a call to see 'action, not words'
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor commented: "Talk is cheap.
Cameron claims the environment is his priority, but I'm not holding my
breath. We have yet to see any substantive policies to tackle climate change
emerge from the blank canvass that currently constitutes Tory party policy.
He says he wants to learn about climate change on a fact finding mission -
but the Green Party can tell him all he needs to know. It is the most
dangerous threat the world faces, and successive inaction by both Tory and
Labour government's has ensured the UK is not on track to seriously tackling
"For the past 30 years, the Green Party have led the charge for reducing our
carbon emissions, advocating a package of measures involving demand
reduction and energy efficiency. We want to see greater investment in
renewable technology and initiatives such as home insulation schemes, but
Brown and Blair would rather spend billions on subsidising an uneconomic and
unsafe nuclear industry. We want to see energy prices reflect the real cost
of energy, but David Cameron is opposed to the climate change levy.
"At what point will rhetoric and reality converge? As it stands there is a
daily widening gulf between the claimed aspirations and aims of the Labour
and Tory party and their decisions when in power at every level. Tony Blair
has presided over the biggest expansion of the aviation sector - the fastest
growing contributor to climate change - in a generation, with the full
support of the Tories. Labour's enormous £30 billion road building programme
also has the full support of the Tory party - indeed Cameron even called for
greater road building in his acceptance speech.
"On a local level, Tory led councils are across the country are ensuring
that congestion schemes are rejected, wind farms don't get built and
motorways continue to eat in the heart of the UK. In Lancaster, Conservative
Cllrs have repeatedly voted in favour of building a huge new dual
carriageway to the north of Lancaster which will cost some £118M, and
destroy 70ha of Green Belt. In David Cameron's own constituency, Witney,
Tories are seeking to build yet another monstrous bypass - the Cogges Link
Road in Witney, that will cut through precious green space.
"We remain the only party committed to seriously tackling the environmental
challenges the world faces. Brown and Blair have had almost a decade to act,
and have failed dismally. What's different now?
"Is Cameron's greenwash going to trickle down through the ranks, or will he
be forced to purge the party of those not adhering to this, his latest
policy u-turn? Actions speak louder than words. As it stands, for all his
posturing, the Tory's Green credentials are non existent.
"Combating climate change needs action, not words. Chasing the headlines
with visits to Norway or grand speeches at the United Nations does not
deliver an ounce of carbon reduction - flying there does quite the opposite.
What's needed is a determined and integrated carbon reduction strategy
framework across every facet of government and business, with annual
reduction targets. You don't have to look at an iceberg to see the obvious."