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Isles MP Says UK Government is Ditching Green Policies in Attempt to Win a General Election

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Isles MP Angus MacNeil says the UK Government is abandoning the economy and the environment with its sudden U-turn on green policies.

Mr MacNeil said the move was a reckless plan which would damage Scotland’s economic future as a powerhouse of renewable energy.

In one of his biggest policy changes since taking office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, confirmed the UK would push back the deadline for selling new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to 2035, and the phasing out of gas boilers, prompting furious condemnation from the automobile and energy industries.

The change that will impact the vehicle and energy industries who have invested heavily to be on track to end fossil fuel vehicles.

Mr MacNeil said:

“One of things that people complain about often is the change on a trajectory. 

“When former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, dropped the Zero Carbon homes initiative in 2015, it cost the UK more than £2bn in wasted energy.

“There was a readjustment for so many who had prepared to do that.

“Again, we see under current Tory Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, people are preparing to do things and then having to abandon them or change.

“What it means going forward is that no one really takes the promises of any UK Government seriously.

“The UK Government set a course on environmental issues and then they change them.

“They usually change it in a way that they think will please tabloid newspapers, but it is actually just damaging to the environment again.”

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