British PM David Cameron has denied asking his team to “get rid of all that green crap.”
The Sun Newspaper, London, had quoted a source close to the PM as saying Mr Cameron was going around Downing Street asking people to tone down his party’s green agenda.
The UK PM began his leadership of the Conservative party by pledging that any future Tory government would be “the greenest government ever.” The motto at the time was “vote blue, go green” – a clear attempt to make his image more modern.
But the financial crisis of 2007 soon put a limit on Cameron’s green ambitions and Britain now struggles with domestic issues that Mr Cameron had perhaps not foreseen when devising his plans for a green administration.
The Sun reported that Cameron reverted back to a traditional Tory abandoning his green ideals – effectively accusing the PM of a major U-turn on environmental policy.
The newspaper reports that the PM has ordered his team to reassess green levies, which are driving up energy costs.
It’s expected to be a very cold Winter in Britain this year, with The Daily Express reporting it will be the coldest quarter since 1947. Charities are asking the government to do something to lessen the cost of heating homes and the PM would rather be seen responding to these concerns than those of environmental campaigners.
Political Director at Greenpeace, Joss Garman, criticised Cameron’s alleged U-turn:
“If David Cameron thinks the road to electoral victory will be found in attacking the very policies that he once passionately advocated then he is sorely mistaken.
“The British electorate are a sophisticated bunch who will see through his chameleon tendencies and conclude this attack is not an act of leadership but one of cowardice as he panders to the extreme wing of his own party and tries to claw back support from [the United Kingdom Independence Party].”
“The real crime is that every time David Cameron reaches for the dog whistle playbook he undermines thousands of jobs in the green energy sector and threatens future investment. Now that really is crap.”
But Downing Street have hit back by stating that whilst green levies were being rolled back, it was only last week that Cameron was in Sri Lanka talking about climate change.
The PM did indeed talk at length on the subject, stating his belief in the importance of combating global warming. He added that he considered climate change to be a growing problem that had to be tackled.
As to whether climate change is man-made, Prime Minister Cameron responded:
“I’ll leave the scientists to speak for themselves about the link between severe weather events and climate change.
But the evidence seems to me to be growing. As a practical politician, I think the sensible thing is to say let’s take preventative and mitigating steps given the chances this might be the case.”
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