Commons say no to a clean energy future: the web of power in politics, finance and the fossil fuels industry
Today the Commons voted against a clean energy future for the UK. The vested interests of the fossil fuel industry and the financial sector are embedded in government and are a clear driver or climate change. The World Development Movement* has collated a huge amount of information (in the public domain, but never seen all in one place before) on the connections between people in power in the government and vested interests in fossil fuels and finance. The data are extensive and damning. Large numbers of coalition officials have past or present connections to these sectors, and many high-ranking people in finance and the fossil fuels industry sit on government advisory boards. Big corporations have direct lines in some cases to ministers.
There is plenty of evidence to show that this web of power is driving climate change. Today's (4 June) vote on the Energy Bill highlights the problem.
Please take time to read the attached PDF briefing from WDM, which is also being circulated to environmental pressure groups and faith organisations. And please send a link to this page to anyone you can think of who can add support for change, including posting on social networks.
See also the important message from Greenpeace below.
*World Development Movement: http://www.wdm.org.uk
Richard George of Greenpeace just issued the following statement on the Commons vote on the energy bill:
'The vote was this afternoon and was amazingly close. But we lost. MPs have just rejected a clean power future - and I thought you'd want to be the first to know. It's been a tense few days as we waited for MPs to vote on a clean power target in the Energy Bill, and it's not the outcome we all wanted. But there is a silver lining. Thousands of us told our MPs to back clean electricity, and as a result the rebellion against George Osborne's dirty, costly dash for gas continued to grow steadily right up to the vote. We lost by just 23 votes. That's the third closest vote since the election. If just 12 more MPs had switched sides, we'd have won. Osborne may have won this round, but the Energy Bill will now go to the House of Lords. There will be another vote, which gives us another chance to secure our clean energy future. The battle for Britain's energy future is far from over. Over the next few days, we'll be thinking about where to take the campaign next. But right now we're recruiting for our core volunteer lobbyists - the people who go and challenge their MPs face-to-face, in their constituency offices. We need as many of these volunteers as possible to make sure we get the political impact we need. You'll be trained for free and given all the support you need to become an effective lobbyist - for the good guys. Let's use today's news to make us stronger. Volunteer for the Greenpeace lobbying network now.
In two days, 21 people will be sentenced for occupying one of George Osborne's dirty gas power stations. Some of them are facing prison sentences.'
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