If Miliband is serious about climate change, he should abandon price freeze

February 17, 2014 4:08 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has welcomed Ed Miliband's calls for a political consensus on climate change. Ed had recently made a similar call for consensus on green issues in his speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on Thursday.

However, Ed warned that, Labour's headline-grabbing plan for an energy price freeze would seriously damage the UK's ability to invest in renewable energy in the future. He said:

"While I welcome Ed Miliband's call for political agreement on green issues, this is something I have been encouraging for a long time. If Miliband is serious about tackling climate change he should stop threatening to choke the renewables industry with his price freeze.

"The Liberal Democrats are the party of green, delivering in government on green energy and jobs. This Government is doing more to tackle climate change than any other Government before, with renewable energy investment higher than at any time under the last Government. "

For more about Lib Dem policy on climate change, click here.