James Duddridge MP: We Support Solar



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10th March 2009

EDM 689- We Support Solar

Dear Mr Walker

Thank you for your recent correspondence about the ‘We Support Solar’ Campaign, a movement to promote greater use of solar energy generation in the UK.

Conservatives are committed to tackling climate change, and believe strongly that Britain needs dynamic industrial and domestic change in order to compete and win in the low carbon era. Business as usual is simply not enough.

It is my belief that renewable micro-generation has a key role to play in cutting carbon emissions, and solar photovoltaics are of critical importance within this. You may be aware that my Party recently published Green Paper, entitled The Low Carbon Economy, which sets out our plans to re-build the British economy on the back of new, high-tech green industries, intelligent energy generation and transport, and energy efficiency in our homes, schools and businesses.

Decarbonising Britain will help create hundreds of thousands of jobs, raise skills and improve Britain’s competitiveness. These jobs and skills will give new hope to people being hit by the recession. A decarbonised Britain will be a world leader in green technology, engineering, innovation and growth.

We need a different future where we get our energy from a wider range of more dependable sources and where we encourage innovative energy sources to be developed. Unfortunately, the current Government has failed to promote solar photovoltaics sufficiently and the UK is seriously lagging behind the rest of Europe. In 2007, for instance, the UK installed less than half a per cent of the photovoltaic panes set up in Germany.

We must protect our environment for future generations. Just as the reckless accumulation of debt in our economy means higher taxes for the next generation, so too will the reckless accumulation of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere impose costs on our children and their children.

Now that we know the scale of the risks we have created and are creating, it would be selfish, irresponsible and morally wrong not to act now to reduce our carbon emissions and do all we can to protect the future.

I am therefore happy to endorse the ‘We Support Solar’ Campaign and I have signed Early Day Motion 689. Conservatives will continue to hold the Government to account over its failure to embrace this critical technology.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to write to me.

Yours Sincerely

James Duddridge MP

24th March 2009

Dear Mr Duddridge,

Thank you for your letter of 10th March, in which you so enthusiastically endorsed the “We Support Solar” campaign.

You said in that letter that you have signed Early Day Motion 689, but some fourteen days later, your name still does not appear on the list of signatories to that EDM. I trust that you will rectify this oversight at the earliest opportunity.

On the subject of oversights, I am still awaiting a response to my email to you of 27th February on the subject of a strong climate change target for 2020. It is vital that we make substantial cuts in carbon emissions as early as possible in order to minimise the effects on the climate and make the 80% reduction required by 2050 achievable. To this end, please sign Early Day Motion 868.

Likewise, my email of 16th January remains unanswered. EDM 337, which has the support of the Conservative front bench, emphasises the importance of science-based decision making in the creation of the network of marine protected areas we urgently need both to prevent the collapse of the country’s marine ecosystems and preserve our fishing industry. I would be grateful if you could put your signature to this EDM.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

Yours sincerely,

Denis Walker

Co-ordinator, South East Essex Friends of the Earth

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