A report about an Ed Davey speech not yet given, that has been leaked to the Grauniad by… presumably, Ed Davey. It seems Davey still doesn’t understand that on issues where the science underpinning the policy evolves, ‘drawing a line’ is a pretty feckin stupid thing to do. He needs to wake up and start thinking about using the provisions in the climate change act for changing the co2 reduction targets, before he finds his political career curtailed.
From the Garunida:
Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, is to use a major speech at Clarence House on Wednesday afternoon to fight back against the increasingly vocal climate change scepticism of other sections of the coalition.
His uncompromising speech, seen by the Guardian, promises stronger action on global warming and follows the admission by his party leader Nick Clegg that green issues are now some of the most serious flashpoints between the coalition partners. The Liberal Democrats have long sought to be seen as strong on the environment, a core issue for the party’s voters. But they have suffered setbacks in government as the Treasury has cut renewable energy support and an increasingly vocal number of Tories oppose windfarms, money for low-carbon projects and tougher targets for UK emissions cuts, all of which the Lib Dems support.
The extent of some of the divisions was on display in the European parliament recently, when rebel Tory MEPs played a pivotal role in scuppering plans to rescue the EU’s carbon trading system.
Davey struck a firm stance:
“As a politician, you quickly realise that compromise is a part of the game. But there are some issues where you have to draw the line – where you have to stand up and be counted, and you have to do the right thing. I think climate change is firmly in that category.”
He quoted David Cameron as saying “we can’t afford not to” act on the problem.