The number of backbench coalition MPs
prepared to rebel against
the government and vote for an amendment to the Energy Bill
that would introduce a decarbonisation target for the power sector appears to be increasing, after a group of Lib Dem and Conservative MPs indicated they support the proposal.
An Early Day Motion
(EDM) tabled earlier this week by Barry Gardiner
, the Labour MP who last week put forward the cross-party amendment alongside Tory MP Tim Yeo
, has already secured 12 signatures, including one Conservative and three Lib Dem supporters.
The EDM celebrates the launch of Climate Week next month, calls on the government to "maintain its commitment to the Climate Change Act", and crucially "urges the government to act on the recommendation from the Committee on Climate Change to include decarbonisation targets in the Energy Bill".
It's good for the environment, it's good for us, it would appear to be a great way to keep public support (sceptic) so lets go and challenge ourselves with a stronger bill and lead the way.