Tories go Back On Their Green Commitment
By Cynthia Taylor
The Conservatives have changed tack and have reneged on their commitments to be known as the greenest government ever. Said Ed Davey, he continued that they Tories have relentlessly attacked the Liberal Democrats efforts at tackling climate change.
Mr Davey who is the Energy Secretary said the Lib Dems have had to fight against the obstructive Conservative ministers for each environment and energy policy win they secured since 2010.
Mr Davey had painted an image of the coalition government that is torn by competing interests and fractional politics and he ridiculed the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, for his part in "badgering" the coalition with regard to plans for scraping the organisation who is responsible for the protection of land and vegetation in Britain.
Mr Davey spoke at the Lib Dems Autumn party conference where he said that the were the greenest party that served government, but that their fight is an ongoing fight to make it the greenest coalition government.
Mr. Davey also said that although the scientific consensus was still solid, politically the country has gone into reverse.
Prior to the last election, the fight appeared to be over and the scientific consensus lead to a 'political consensus', but that it was being attacked from outside and inside the coalition.
Mr. Davey said that the Lib Dems were responsible for the largest investment in the railways since Victorian tines, the Tories through Mr. Paterson wanted to make sure Natural England was scrapped.
Praise was heaped on Lib Dem colleague David Heath, Environment Minister, for his 'tooth and nail' fight to save the public body. He then joked that Mr Heath had made the case for membership in the EU better than any Tory. He mentioned Mr. Heaths brilliant handling of the scandal of horse meat, saying how he demanded the EU to take action was very impressive.
He also continued where the party leader, Nick Clegg and the Schools Minister, David Laws left off, when he claimed credit for a number of successes for the party.
One of the wins was his insistence for ensuring that climate change issues would be taught in schools, after the Education Secretary, Michael Gove wanted it scrapped from the schools geography curriculum.
To the audience of party activists and the members, Mr. Davey ridiculed Conservative Cabinet colleagues. And called on the Lib Dems to continue the fight for green initiatives and also to fight retreats by the Conservatives.
Mr. Davey also used this speech to announce the new cash incentives for building more turbines on Scottish Islands, which included Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
He said he hoped that the draft deal, worth over £115MWh for the onshore wind will help in harnessing 'amazing green energy sources' on the islands. And this could also lead to hundreds of more turbines that could generate extra energy of about 400MWh for the grid.
He said that people had been waiting for a decision to be taken and that no one had taken a decision before, and that this government was delivering it. He continued that this will enable then to deliver the wind farms, to be able to sell the excess electricity from the green energy, creating jobs as well as economic activity.
He also stated that the strike price of £115 was higher than the proposed £100 for the UK in the 2014-15 period. Mr Davie continued to lambast his coalition partners, he said that the Tories were too busy "love-bombing UKIP", stating that the Tory backbenchers fantasised about Nigel Farage, that they had a longing to be Sancho Panza, to be the UKIP's Don Quixote."
He declared the end of coal energy and then questioned the Labour Party's silence on climate change. Stating that their difficulty was that they agreed with what was being done and that they wished Labour has been as 'green'. He went on to say that the Labour party had disappointed most of the people on climate change more that other policy areas.
He mentioned that Ed Miliband should have been proud to have introduced the Climate Change Act when he was doing Mr Davey's job, with party support.
At the close of his speech, he reiterated to the members that they must gear up for the fight ahead.
He made a call to the members saying that the Lib dems were the greenest party ever that served Britain, but that they were not yet a part of the Greenest government ever. Therefore for the next 20 months that is left, they should fight to help the Prime Minister to be able to deliver on his promise to lead as the greenest government ever.
Before he left the stage he extended an invitation to Labour Leader Ed Miliband to join with the Liberal Democrats and work together for the fight against climate change. He invited Mr Miliband to share in his advanced strategy and planning for the forthcoming critical global conference to take place in December 2015. he said that it will be after the elections and whatever party are in they will need to 'hit the ground' running to fight for the greenest deal for the planet.
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