Britain’s climate change secretary says she can understand why people see tackling global warming as “cover for anti-growth, anti-capitalist, proto-socialism.”
Amber Rudd calls for a Conservative approach to tackling global warming. Photo: PA
Left wing anti-capitalists have dictated the debate on tackling climate change and a Conservative approach is needed to prevent global warming, Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, will say on Friday.
In her first major speech on the topic, Ms Rudd will say she can “understand the suspicion of those who see climate action as some sort of cover for anti-growth, anti-capitalist, proto-socialism”.
“It cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution and some of the loudest voices have approached the issue from a left-wing perspective,” she will say.
Ms Rudd will attack green policies that encourage “permanent reliance on subsidy” and call instead for a market-based approach to dealing with climate change.
Addressing businesses in the City, days after announcing cuts to solar farm subsidies, she will say that “the economic impact of unchecked climate change would be profound”, bringing “lower growth, higher prices, a lower quality of life”.
Taking action against global warming is therefore the “ultimate insurance policy” to ensure economic security.
But she will warn: “The bottom line is this – if we are acting on climate change to preserve our economic prosperity, we have to make sure that climate change action is pro-growth and pro-business.”