Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

02/11/06 CLIMATE CHANGE BILL GETS ROSIE’S FULL SUPPORT

Climate change is an immediate priority for the UK and the rest of the World. The Labour Government’s announcement of a Climate Change Bill has Rosie Cooper’s full support. The MP for West Lancashire welcomed the announcement as a clear statement of intent from the UK Government to show the necessary global leadership needed to stop climate change.

Rosie said:

“Climate change is a severe threat to the global economy, human life and the environment. “The Labour Government is taking some tough decisions on how we transform our gas, electricity, and transport systems.“

“By demonstrating our commitment to dealing with climate change by actions not words, we can change the terms of debate and persuade other countries to follow suit. UK emissions are about 2% of the global total and domestic action alone will not tackle the problem, we need our international colleagues to join with us.”

“There is a fear that tackling climate change just means increased taxes whereas it is really about encouraging a change of behaviour to help reduce carbon emissions. From both the Tories and Liberal Democrats we’ve heard that ‘green taxes’ are the answer to the climate change problem. ‘Green taxes’ alone are not the answer.”

“Simple actions like turning down the thermostat by 1ºC, turning lights off when leaving a room, or not leaving your TV and other appliances on standby are how we start to tackle climate change. An energy saving light bulb can mean up to a £100 saving in electricity bills over the lifetime of the bulb. These small actions will help stop climate change but will also save you money.”

“The Governments Bill will put in place the longer-term framework that will help stop climate change. It is imperative we take action on climate change if we are to preserve a planet for future generations. The costs of inaction will be far greater than tackling climate change now.”

Since 1997 the Labour Government has shown its leadership and commitment on Climate Change with the introduction of the renewables obligation, EU emissions trading scheme, energy efficiency commitment and the climate change levy.

Between 1997 and 2005 the economy has grown by 25% while emissions have reduced by 7%, which shows that increasing business does not have to mean increased carbon emissions.

The Stern Review, commissioned by the Chancellor reported on Monday 30 October 2006. It sets out the economic case for bold and early action. The powerful messages in the Review will help inform all Governments across the world, and will contribute to changing the debate at a global level. This is a major input to the international climate change negotiations, and to the growing global consciousness of the importance of tackling climate change. 

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