Lib Dems urge action from Tories on Climate Emergency
By Harry Marston
Originally published by Wirral Liberal Democrats
It is very significant that the Conservative leadership hopefuls chose not to prioritise the climate emergency.
Because the electorate a) Tory MPs b) Tory Party members, don't care sufficiently about the issue.
Liberal Democrats, and many others, know that this is clearly the most important long-term issue and must be a priority.
For example, started by Labour, and enthusiastically progressed by Lib Dems in the Coalition, the Conservatives scrapped the zero carbon homes target as soon as they could.
How does it make sense not to require solar panels to be fitted on all new houses?
Why does Britain still have the least energy efficient houses in Europe?
Answer: Because this government is incompetent and unmotivated
Progress is being made in some areas, but, while there are notable exceptions, too many Conservatives don't care enough.
The cabinet minister who led last Year's landmark Cop 21 UN climate summit has made a dramatic intervention in the Tory leadership race, suggesting he could resign if the incoming prime minister fails to commit to a strong agenda on the climate crisis. Alok Sharma said a total commitment to the net zero agenda from whoever is to lead the country would be essential to avoid "incredible damage" to Britain's global standing, as well as irreversible harm to the UK and international economies. "This is absolutely a leadership issue" Sharma said, accusing some of the candidates of being "lukewarm" on net zero in the contest so far.
The recent heatwave brought devastation to some parts of the United Kingdom and other parts of Northern and Western Europe. However this is, on our current path, only the start of a spiral into regular extreme weather events. But we can still stop this from happening, that is why we urge both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to commit entirely to Net Zero, and to do everything possible to protect our climate.
But they will not, so that is why the Liberal Democrats must continue to put forward our plan to address the climate emergency.
We must make energy efficiency a UK infrastructure priority, pursue net-zero and remove our ban on on-shore wind.