David Cameron to be quizzed on climate policies

Prime Minister David Cameron will be questioned by a group of MPs on climate policies later today. It is the first time he will appear before the Liaison Committee, which […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Prime Minister David Cameron will be questioned by a group of MPs on climate policies later today.

It is the first time he will appear before the Liaison Committee, which is made up of the Chairs of all the Select Committees, since winning the General Election.

That includes the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA).

ECC Chair Angus MacNeil MP: “The last time the Prime Minister answered questions from cross-party Committee Chairs on climate change he said that carbon capture and storage was crucial to meet our climate change targets. Yet last year the government’s long-promised carbon capture competition became the latest low carbon policy to be chucked on the scrap heap by the government.

“The series of sudden changes to energy policy in recent months are not only undermining investor confidence in the energy sector, they are potentially putting the achievement of our carbon targets in peril. The prime minister must acknowledge that building a new generation of gas plants means that we either have to fit power stations with carbon capture technology in the coming decade or potentially bust our carbon budgets.”

Other topics include the winter floods and the adequacy of the government’s energy and climate change policies in the wake of the Paris agreement.

Last week Energy Secretary Amber Rudd said carbon capture and storage wouldn’t be ruled out in the future.