John Redwood’s contribution in the statement on the Rio + 20 Summit, 26 June 2012

Mr John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): The UK hit the Kyoto targets, while a number of our leading European Union competitors signed up with a fanfare but came nowhere near hitting them. Is there any sign now that those European big energy-using countries will do better in the future?

The Deputy Prime Minister: My own view is that any developed economy will serve itself best by moving towards an energy mix that is diverse, sustainable, and not over-reliant on unreliable forms of energy and very volatile global prices. I think it is a good thing that we have been leading that agenda in this country while also meeting our Kyoto targets. Those activities are not inconsistent with each other, and I personally rebut the idea that a shift of that kind is incompatible with highly competitive economies.

1 Comment

  1. Brian Taylor
    June 27, 2012

    When you got that reply you must despair, can you tell me if we do have binding targets for reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by the year 2050?

    If this is so as Christopher Booker has been reporting for sometime now, how is this possible without closing our industry and transport.

    And has this all come from the 2008 Climate Change act that Ed Milliband steered through parliament for labour.

    A recent report said a coal powered station has been canceled because CC end Storage is not feasible.

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