Dismayed by MP

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2013

I’ve just received a letter from our honourable member relating to a request I made that he support an amendment to the Energy bill put forward by Tim Yeo MP, a sensible amendment which would further cut our collective carbon footprint.

His response, or should I say his office’s response, was a prepared statement sent out by Tory HQ to all their MPs to forward to the likes of me.

Needless to say he is against the amendment, but has he weighed the pros and cons, or instead done what Cameron tells him to do?

Is this the best we can expect from our Westminster representative?

Please note that Tim Yeo is an expert in this field, unlike his leader and Mr Swire.

The Government is coming under renewed pressure to commit to removing carbon dioxide from electricity generation to combat climate change, following an amendment to the coalition’s energy bill from a Conservative backbencher.

Tim Yeo, a former minister, has tabled an amendment that would force electricity generators to remove coal-fired and gas-fired power stations from their networks by 2030, unless those plants were equipped with machinery to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions.

The amendment, which was co-sponsored by the Labour MP Barry Gardiner, says they should be subject to a decarbonisation target governing how many grams of carbon dioxide could be emitted for every kWh of electricity.

In effect, the targets they suggest, which are in line with those proposed by the Committee on Climate Change, the statutory body set up to advise ministers on how to meet the UK’s long-term carbon reduction targets, would rule out new coal power plants, and mean that any existing or new gas-fired power stations operating in 2030 would have to use technology to capture and store at least some of their carbon emissions.

Yeo, who chairs the influential select committee of MPs on energy and climate change, is acting in defiance of his party leaders by tabling the amendment.

Mike Fairclough

via email

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