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David Cameron’s ‘fixation’ with emissions targets will cripple the economy, claims David Davis

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Ryan Kisiel
Daily Mail
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Outspoken Tory backbencher David Davis last night challenged the Conservative leadership’s policies by criticising the ‘fixation’ of the green movement.

The former shadow Home Secretary said the focus on environmental issues would impose tougher targets for reducing carbon emissions that could bring ‘crippling’ costs to the economy.

The comments are likely to be viewed as a direct challenge to David Cameron who has put tackling climate change high on the Tory party’s agenda.


The former Tory leader challenger, who lost to Mr Cameron in 2005, said it was ‘unsurprising’ that more than half the public no longer believed in climate change as it now appeared that the earth had been cooling rather than warming over the past decade.

Writing in The Independent, Mr Davis, who quit his shadow Cabinet position last year to cause a by-election to protest over the Government plans to erode civil liberties, said: ‘The fixation of the green movement with setting ever tougher targets is a policy destined to collapse.

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‘The ferocious determination to impose hair shirt policies on the public – taxes on holiday flights, or covering our beautiful countryside with wind turbines that look like props from War of the Worlds – would cause a reaction in any democratic country.

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