Ed Davey slams Conservatives on climate change on Any Questions

Ed Davey was on Any Questions last Friday night.

The first question from the audience in Cambridge was about climate change.

Former Conservative Brexit Minister Suella Braverman hailed her party’s action on this.

I thought when I listened to it that Ed’s reply was going to be interesting.

Well, it was pretty forensic. He highlighted how the Conservatives had undone so much of the good work he had done as Climate Change Secretary and how important it was that we remain at the European table to have global influence.

Find out what changes he is making in his own life to reduce his impact on the planet.

The howls of derision that greeted Labour’s Richard Burgon as he attempted to explain Labour’s policy said it all, really.

In contrast, when Ed said we want to stop Brexit, he got a massive cheer. He also dealt very well with some angry Brexiteers.

Listen to the whole programme here. 

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Katharine Pindar 12th May '19 - 9:08pm

    I have been impressed by Ed Davey’s depth of knowledge and understanding of needful policy developments on limiting climate change since hearing him address a small meeting of Lib Dems in Copeland several years ago, during our by-election. Of course I knew that he had been Climate Change Secretary, but hearing him speak and readily answer questions on these subjects where he was still obviously an expert was impressive; and he had troubled to come and address us in a by-election we were not going to win, unlike most of our ex-ministers.

    So I was looking forward to hearing him on Friday’s Any Questions, and he did not disappoint. His expertise is extremely relevant now that the problems of Climate Change have become a matter of urgency, accepted by the public and Government and Opposition alike. I hope this year that Ed will stand for the leadership when Vince retires, and if he does so I believe he will be an outstanding candidate.

  • I well remember Ed Davey doing a general speech on foreign affairs at a Federal conference several years ago and I was very impressed.

  • Just thought, it must have been before the coalition.

  • Apart from the interventions by Extinction Rebellion, BBC climate programmes and the thoughts of a Danish teenager, have any new scientific revelations emerged to justify the the upgrading of climate change to the classification of “Emergency”? [Compared with last month, last year or last decade?}

    Answer: No.

    In climatology, it is important to assign attribution correctly, whether due to anthropogenic emissions, ocean oscillations, changes in albedo, Milankovitch cycles

  • @Peter

    Yes – in brief virtually every scientist says that we would best off limiting global warming to 1.5C and virtually every scientist says that we are not doing that even under the Paris agreement.


    There are valid arguments to be had. We can spend money on climate change measures or we can spend money on other things that help alleviate some of the effects – on health for example.

    And there is an optimal point to spend money. Rather like on space travel – it can be worth waiting for a faster spacecraft that catches up the other one because it is quicker. Do we spend money on electric cars today or tomorrow when they are cheaper? But virtually everything we have to do we have to do anyway. Pollution kills 40,000 people a year and causes much disease and is a burden on the NHS – electric cars substantially cut that. Good insulation, fuel efficient homes cuts fuel poverty and saves people money. Invest in research in carbon capture we can suck carbon out of the air and go on with carbon emission activities where necessary.

    I would have a slightly longer timescale than Extinction Rebellion may be – but time is short! Shorter than the progress we are making at the moment.

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