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The Environment

November 20, 2019 10:46 AM


Paul Ray, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lichfield & Burntwood has said "The environment is a major issue that will decide this general election and the Lib Dems have the policies to tackle the climate emergency. These include:

- generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025

- £20bn each year to tackle climate change

- legally binding target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045

"Environmental issues affect all our lives (for example air pollution causes 40,000 early deaths a year) and we have to work closely with the UK's European and global partners to tackle these. So we have to Stop Brexit if we are serious about the environment."

"The Lib Dems have shown that the UK can decarbonise and prosper. Thanks to our achievements in Government, renewable energy tripled."

Paul Ray adds that "The Lib Dems have also been taking action locally on climate change. The Lib Dems recently brought a motion to Lichfield City Council for the council to recognise that a climate change emergency exists and agree to take this into account in future spending decisions. This was passed with support of all parties and the Lib Dems are now supporting a similar motion being brought by Labour to Lichfield District Council.

"And just look at the economic benefits. We can become a global leader in green industries. For example in Hull, 1,000 jobs have been created by Siemens' investment in a state of the art wind turbine factory.

The Conservatives have no credibility here: they've slashed subsidies for solar power and supported the expansion of Heathrow airport.

'Green technologies are there in abundance but we need strong political leadership on everything from tidal lagoons to a hydrogen economy. The Lib Dems, under Jo Swinson's leadership, can deliver it."

"Vote Paul Ray Vote Lib Dem on 12 December"