Caroline Lucas MP reacts to Cameron’s “Green Crap” comment

Commenting on reports that the Prime Minister has dismissed fuel bill
levies that fund energy efficiency measures, as “green crap”, Caroline
Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:

“These levies include funding for energy efficiency measures which help
low income households cope with soaring energy prices.

“Whatever language the Prime Minister has used to describe them, his
determination to roll them back says everything about his contempt for
the most vulnerable, and his lack of interest in serious action to
tackle climate change, or to bring down fuel prices in the long term

“By focusing the debate on green levies, which represent only a
fraction of energy bills, the Government is obscuring the real reason
for rising costs – which is the increasing wholesale price of gas, and
the profits of the Big Six energy companies.

“If the Prime Minister really wanted to help families with their fuel
bills, he’d be investing in a major energy efficiency programme to
super-insulate the country’s housing stock. This would bring nine out
of ten homes out of fuel poverty, quadruple carbon savings, and create
up to 200,000 jobs.”

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