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Dundee Liberal Democrats highlight Labour's shameful record on climate change

February 23, 2006 4:32 PM
Labour's record of failure on climate change exposed

Labour's record of failure on climate change exposed

Dundee Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader Cllr Fraser Macpherson today (23rd February 2006) highlighted the failures of Blair's Westminster Government to properly approach the issues in relation to climate change.

Nationally, last week, to coincide with the first anniversary of the Kyoto protocol coming into force, the Liberal Democrats released a six-point 'dossier of shame' revealing the extent of Labour's shameful record since February 2005 in tackling climate change:

1. WEAKENED: The DTI has been attempting to weaken the targets for UK businesses within the Emissions Trading Scheme;

2. INCREASED: Emissions of Carbon Dioxide increased over the last year;

3. LATE: Their climate change review should have been published but has still not appeared - primarily due to a dispute between the DTI and DEFRA;

4. FAILED: The Prime Minister failed to bring the US on board to climate change negotiations as head of the G8 group of nations;

5. UNCOOPERATIVE: They have failed to join with the 'Cross Party Consensus' for tackling climate change initiated by the Liberal Democrats;

6. LAISSEZ-FAIRE: The Prime Minister appears to have given up on tackling climate change emissions from aviation - the fastest growing source of emissions.

Cllr Macpherson said, "Labour's record on climate change is pitiful; it is really unfortunate that this vital issue seems so low down Tony Blair's agenda."

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