Posted on: 30/05/2017
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has said it will repeal the Climate Change Act if it wins next week’s General Election.
The party said it would also take the UK out of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and the Paris Agreement.
UKIP said the measures would increase the UK’s industrial competitiveness.
The party also threw its weight behind drilling for shale gas, but not in national parks or areas of outstanding natural beauty.
‘The lights are likely to go out’
The manifesto said: “Every political party except UKIP has thrown its weight behind the 2008 Climate Change Act.
“Set to cost us an eye-watering £319 billion by 2030, this Act has no basis in science, and its aim of cutting greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 is unachievable.
“While our major global competitors in the USA, China and India are switching to low-cost fossil fuels, this Act forces us to close perfectly good coal-fired power stations to meet unattainable targets for renewable capacity.
“If we carry on like this, the lights are likely to go out.”