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Cameron Rejects Doom and Gloom Environmentalists 10 January 2007

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David Cameron has rejected the charge of “climate change doom mongers“, and embraced positive environmentalism. He said on Wednesday in a Sky News interview it was important to show people there were positive reasons for saving energy. He was “not trying to scare people into voting by talking about the environmental challenges facing the world.”

“I’ve been trying to recapture the environment and climate change from the sort of doom mongers. I mean if this is all about doom and gloom and taxes, we’re not going to persuade people to come with us,” he said in the interview. Now that’s something I think we can all agree with.

“If you switch to a hybrid car you can cut the cost of your transport. If you cycle to work every now and again you feel fit and healthy. There’s a good positive reason for doing these things which is not just about money — it’s about your own well-being,” he said.

The key was not to try to be a “hair shirt-wearing doomster”, he said. “We’ve got to try and make the environment and climate change uplifting and fun and interesting.”

Most importantly David Cameron said green taxes should be mainly aimed at changing behaviour rather than at raising revenue. “I think the right thing to do is to see the share of taxes taken by green taxes go up and then at the same time, take taxes on other things down,” he said.

This is a far cry from Labour, who’s £3 billion raft of green taxes in the pre-budget report were not coupled with any tax cuts, simply being a green screen for a stealthy tax raid.

Let’s hope Cameron continues down the path of combining green taxes with green tax cuts.

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1. Y is a vowel - 10 January 2007

CB said: Let’s hope Cameron continues down the path of combining green taxes with green tax cuts.

fine article – i wonder if the scottish conservatives have led the way or if they got a heads up with the may election’s looming, either way they seem to have been along those lines for a while: http://www.scottishconservatives.com/manifesto.asp – amusingly the page is erroneously entitled :-0

2. Joe - 2 February 2007

Hmmm. I’m warming slightly to his Greenspeak when I hear mention of tax cuts elsewhere. That’s more the sort of language I’d like to hear.
Wish he hadn’t brought in that squiggly tree, though…
At least we are seeing joined up thinking on this issue from our DC. We never really saw it from Tony and Gordie.

3. Dirty Bird - 4 February 2007

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