Lawson: scrap “absurd” Climate Change Act

Lord Lawson has said the Government should suspend the "absurd" Climate Change Act. He believes this will allow the third runway at Heathrow to go ahead.

Conservative party peer, Nigel Lawson, has said the Government should suspend the “absurd” Climate Change Act in order to allow the third runway at Heathrow to go ahead. The remarks will embarrass fellow Conservative David Cameron who supported the Act and opposes the third runway.

According to the Press Association, earlier today in the House of Lords, Lord Lawson said:

“The third runway at Heathrow has been kiboshed by the courts as the direct and predictable result of the Government’s absurd Climate Change Act, which was passed with enthusiasm and complete thoughtlessness and acclaimed by all parties in this House and the Commons.”

He asked Transport Secretary Lord Adonis:

“Is not the only possible solution – if you think that a third runway is important and I agree with you – to put the Act in suspense not least because even the Government has admitted that it makes no sense without international agreement, which Copenhagen shows is not obtainable?”

Left Foot Forward reported last week that the High Court said the government’s position on airport expansion was “untenable in law and common sense”.

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