Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change, commenting on the defeat of a cross-party amendment to the Energy Bill to decarbonise the power sector by 2030, said:
“If we are serious about tackling spiralling energy bills, improving our country’s energy security and stopping dangerous climate change, Britain must decarbonise its power sector. The Government’s failure to back a decarbonisation target will leave households vulnerable to completely unnecessary increases to their energy bills and cause Britain to miss out on vital new clean energy jobs. The transition to a low-carbon economy has the potential to be a major source of growth and prosperity, but the Government’s failure to back a decarbonisation target means businesses will choose to invest and create jobs elsewhere.
“This is a humiliating failure by the Liberal Democrats and a betrayal of David Cameron’s promise to be the greenest government ever.”