Government once again sending out mixed messages over green policies

To green or not to green? That is the question, and the next question of course is ‘how much?’. The Prime Minister and all the rest of the UK’s governing bodies have been going round and round on the subject for years, but Cameron’s oft-quoted remark about getting rid of “all the green crap” has set off another scrum amongst the combatants.

David Cameron has based much of his national policy on making Britain the most environmentally correct country in the EU and presumably in the world. Now it appears that he may be backing down on his stance because of pressure from the opposition party, and the Telegraph reports that he’s also facing serious division within his own Conservative supporters as a result.

Cameron’s perceived failure to stand firmly behind his green policies comes after a series of complaints about increased rates to consumers, which power companies insist have been caused by his green levies. To get them off his case, he proposed a substantial reduction in levies as a way to bring consumer costs back down, but it’s feared that the move would undermine investor confidence in developing green energy sources.

According to all reports, Cameron’s own ministers have warned him that finking out on pursuing his stated goals is likely to cause a potentially ruinous split within the party. Uncertainty about the exact meaning of the PM’s comment and its implied intentions could discourage foreign investors who are betting on cutting-edge technology for renewable energy from bringing their money to the UK.

Another problem with any cutbacks on green projects will the mean loss of jobs for an undetermined number of workers. The Department of Energy and Climate Change released a statement last month to the effect that Cameron’s ‘green levies review’ would not be cutting any ‘investment incentives’ for renewable energy projects. The statement was intended as a reassurance to investors that the UK will continue in its green policies. Just how effectively that can be done remains to be seen.