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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington


Brake Tells Brown "Give Coal the Boot"

September 4, 2008 12:00 PM
Tom Brake MP (left) seen here giving coal the boot with Greenpeace activist Andrew McParland

Government plans for new coal power stations threaten to raise C02 emissions.

While attending Carshalton's Environmental Fair last week, Local MP Tom Brake signed up to Greenpeace's "Give Coal the Boot" campaign.

"Give Coal the Boot" was set up to pressure the Prime Minister to reconsider his current coal-based energy strategy.

Commenting on the campaign Tom Brake said 'I feel that the course the government is taking - building a new generation of dirty, greenhouse gas emitting coal-fired power stations - is a mistake for both the local community and Britain as a whole.'

So far Liberal Democrat led Sutton Council has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the borough by 60% since 1993 and has secured 75% of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power.

He added that 'The local community has achieved so much in reducing its emissions in contrast to the Government which nationally has seen emissions rise by 4% since 1999 and 1% in the last year alone.'

The Liberal Democrats believe that the country does not need a new generation of coal-based power plants.

Mr Brake concluded by saying 'What we do need is an energy system that can meet the demands of the 21st century- decentralised energy, based on efficiency and renewable resources as seen by the success in the borough of Sutton.'