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Britain way off Kyoto carbon targets - Baker

March 25, 2004 2:07 PM

Industrial chimney pollution (smoke).Commenting on reports that the latest Government figures on climate change will show an increase in carbon emissions, Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary, said:

"Despite its promises, the Government is going backwards on climate change. We are now way off course to meet our Kyoto targets.

"The principle cause for the rise in carbon emissions is the fact that Labour's transport policy is out of control.

"Releasing this information before the Easter recess, when MPs will have little chance to discuss the figures, shows that the Government knows it has no grasp of the situation.

"Blair's chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, has warned that climate change is a bigger threat than terrorism. The Prime Minister would do better to listen to Sir David before he listens to George Bush, leader of the world's biggest polluters."