Government defeats rebels in vote on 2030 carbon targets

Suzie Neuwirth
THE HOUSE of Commons narrowly voted against the inclusion of a 2030 decarbonisation target in the UK energy bill yesterday, seeing off a challenge to the government from some Lib Dem and Conservative MPs.

The amendment to the bill, proposed by Tory backbencher Tim Yeo, was voted down by 290 votes to 267. The government had argued the target was too restrictive on businesses, with energy minister Michael Fallon saying targets could increase costs for firms.

But green campaigners argue that jobs would have been created from investment in renewable energy and that Prime Minister David Cameron has not delivered on his promise to lead the “greenest government ever”. Green groups are now pressuring the House of Lords to approve the amendment and avoid the government’s “dash for gas”.