MPs give Govt red card over green record

16th September 2014

Commenting on a new report from MPs, published today [Tuesday 16 September 2014], that is highly critical of the government’s environmental record, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said:   “It’s little surprise that MPs believe the government is failing the environment – the Coalition’s green record is abysmal.

“Time and again Ministers have bent over backwards to make life easier for big polluters, such as oil and fracking firms, while consistently undermining efforts to develop the UK’s vast clean energy potential.

“Add to that its absurd opposition to the European-wide ban on bee-harming chemicals, the blocking of EU energy efficiency moves and tolerance of climate change denial from its backbenches and you have a pretty sorry picture.

“The Prime Minister’s decision to engage again with climate change by attending next week’s summit in New York is a welcome step forward, but real leadership requires action at home – not more hot air.”


Notes to editors:

1. Government gets red card for wildlife protection, flooding prevention and air quality.

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