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Climate Change and the Environment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 8th February 2005.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes 12:42 pm, 8th February 2005

The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I note that Spencer Abraham has left the US Department of Energy since that report was issued, and those two facts may not be unconnected.

The right hon. Gentleman may want to refer to what Bill Clinton said in 1997 when he was President:

"The conversion of fuel to energy use is extremely inefficient and could be made much cleaner with existing technologies or those already on the horizon, in ways that will not weaken the economy but in fact will add to our strength in new businesses and new jobs. If we do this properly, we will not jeopardize our prosperity—we will increase it."

That is right and those who are concerned about the economic impact of tackling change should realise that it is not damaging, but an opportunity.