Via the Beeb:
Darling attacked on green agenda
Ministers have been accused of inadequate and inconsistent leadership over green issues in a strongly-worded attack by a leading environmentalist.
Sir Jonathon Porritt said “soaring” speeches about making the UK a world leader in fighting climate change were not backed up by action.
He said policies in the pre-Budget statement were “crabby incrementalism”.
The government said the measures – also criticised by environmental groups – were an “important step forward”.
A Defra spokeswoman said they built on existing policies and programmes.
“The Â£1.1bn environmental transformation fund, which will help to develop and roll out low carbon technologies in the UK and in developing countries, is a particularly significant investment,” she added.
“This is by no means the end of the government’s efforts to fight climate change, and we will continue to push towards a low carbon economy through a variety of fiscal, regulatory and voluntary approaches.”
Sir Jonathon – who chairs the government-backed Sustainable Development Commission – told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme tougher financial decisions were needed to effect real change.
“What we are seeing at the moment is such a woeful falling short of what could be done that we are really nowhere near the pain barrier,” he said.
“Our biggest worry at the moment is that this leadership is incredibly inconsistent.”