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Climate change: "It's too late for words, Tony" - Baker

September 14, 2004 9:35 PM

Commenting on the Prime Minister's climate change speech today, Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary, has warned that the time for action against climate change is now well overdue.

Mr Baker also highlighted Tony Blair's terrible environmental record, which includes increases in aircraft emissions, road traffic emissions and overall energy use.

Mr Baker said:

"How many hurricanes and tornadoes will it take for the Prime Minister to realise that paying lip service to the environment is just no use?

"Tony Blair will say he wants to focus on the air travel, but the truth is that under his Government carbon emissions from aircraft have risen 23%.

"Labour has shown virtually no interest in green issues, introducing only one debate on the subject in Parliament since the last general election.

"It is too late for empty rhetoric. We have even gone past the time for action. It is now time to get radical.

"If Blair really means what he says he'll scrap the Government plans for more roads and airports."