This Writer heard a BBC report about this on the PM programme yesterday (January 12), in which Cameron denied backsliding.
He didn’t provide any evidence to support this denial – just strident, repeated assertions that it wasn’t the case.
I was not convinced at all.
And let’s face it – this was a report by BBC News – the Tory Party’s cheerleaders.
If they couldn’t find any hard evidence to support his claim, he probably didn’t put any forward.
David Cameron has defended his government’s record on the environment and climate change, saying suggestions of backsliding are “total and utter nonsense”. The prime minister also told the liaison committee, made up of MPs who chair select committees, that the government needs to do “more of everything” to deal with the flooding that has repeatedly hit the UK in recent years.
Cameron, who pledged in 2010 to lead the “greenest government ever”, has faced concerted criticism over a series of reversals to green policies, including cuts to renewable energy subsidies and energy efficiency programmes. In November, the government cancelled its £1bn competition for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, despite the project being in the Conservative party’s election manifesto.
Cameron said that spending on low-carbon energy was set to double to £11bn in this parliament and that there had been an “absolute revolution in renewable energy” during his premiership, with 98% of solar energy installed since 2010. Subsidies for solar power will be slashed this week, but Cameron said: “You do have to think as prime minister that every penny you put in is a penny on energy bills.”
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