THE CONSERVATIVE party's manifesto and election pledges launched this week claim to have stayed true to its promise of being the greenest Government ever.
The Tories claim "We have been the greenest Government ever, setting up the world's first Green Investment Bank, signing a deal to build the first new nuclear plant in a generation and trebling renewable energy generation to 19%, bringing energy efficiency measures to over one million homes, and committing £1 billion for carbon capture and storage". The party also vowed to continue its commitment to the UK Climate Change Act.
The Prime Minister, however made very little mention of Climate Change or general environmental issues in his speech to launch the manifesto.
The launch came hot on the heals of the Labour manifesto claiming to have climate change at the heart of foreign policy and that it would set a goal for UK power to be carbon free by 2030. The document vowed to produce an adaptation programme and task its new Infrastructure Commission to prioritise investment in food prevention. It also stated ambitions to give local authorities more power to tackle pollution and to establish national framework of low emissions, to establish a regulatory regime for unconventional oil and gas before extraction, to give the Green Investment Bank more powers, to abolish Ofgem, to create a new Energy Security Board and to reform the water industry.
Meanwhile the Green Party this week called for a "peaceful political revolution". The Lib Dems vowed to protect nature and to fight climate change with new laws, whilst UKIP declared support for development of fracking, to repeal the Climate Change Act and to abolish "green taxes".