Cutting climate change budget would be like “cutting the budget for Spitfires in 1939”
A former Tory environment minister has claimed that if the government reduces spending on all the initiatives surrounding energy and low-carbon technology, it would be like “cutting the budget for Spitfires in 1939.”
Tim Yeo, who worked for the Conservative Party under John Major in the 1990’s, is concerned that the government will cut spending on sustainable technology as part of the major spending cuts that it is introducing in the coming months. Chris Huhne, the climate change secretary, has stated “nothing was safe” in his department and that energy initiatives are just as likely to be scrapped as everything else.
Yeo believes that spending cuts could result in funding for clean coal technology being delayed or cut completely, the Carbon Trust and Energy Saving Trust being scrapped and things like funding for feed-in tariffs being reduced. This would result in all the initatives involving hydro-power in Scotland and nuclear power stations around the UK becoming nothing more than a good idea instead of a reality.
What Yeo says makes sense, as the government must be prepared to spend money if they want to fulfill their promise of becoming the greenest government ever. But their needs to be a balance between the climate change sector and the other departments so they all receive equal funding and one department doesn’t suffer.
What do you think – should the government cut spending on climate change or should other areas be cut?