Caroline going green on energy matters

ROMSEY’S MP says renewable energy is the way forward for Britain.

The MP has signed an amendment to the Energy Bill currently going through Parliament that would commit the Government to removing all carbon emissions from UK’s power supplies by 2030 and using more green energy resources.

Ms Nokes signed the amendment, after taking part in a debate on renewable energy, organised by Test Valley Friends of the Earth at Romsey Town Hall.

Afterwards Ms Nokes said: “Green is working – the green economy supports almost a million jobs already and it is helping to stop dangerous climate change.

“But companies and their supply chains will only invest in the local area long-term, if there’s a clear pathway for renewable energy in the future. That’s why I support a target in the Energy Bill to cut the carbon from our electricity by 2030 – and I urge other MPs to sign up.”

Bernie Newitt from Test Valley Friends of the Earth welcomed the MP’s support.

Mr Newitt said: “Caroline Nokes is right to back a target that will help tackle climate change and support new jobs in Test Valley. This Bill is a once-in-a-generation chance to get the UK off increasingly expensive gas and tackle skyrocketing fuel bills by developing cleaner alternatives such as wind and solar power.”

He added that businesses argue the move would reassure companies looking to make long-term investments in the green economy that could bring new jobs to Hampshire.

“Ending Britain’s heavy reliance on gas would also stop rising gas prices from driving up fuel bills,” said Mr Newitt.

The Romsey MP has also been praised by the World Wildlife Fund for pledging her support to the charity’s Earth Hour 2013. The charity is asking people across the world to turn their lights off for one hour at 8.30pm on March 23.

Ms Nokes said: “WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple idea that brings together millions of people across the globe who all care about one thing, our planet. In the UK, our energy system needs to change and I want wind, wave and solar power to be part of the future. If we are serious about shaping a better future for generations to come, then we need to act now.”

And WWF’s Darren Shirley warned: “We’ve only got one planet, so it’s vital that we protect it. There are import decisions to be made now and we have a choice of either a fossil fuel future or a clean green future.”

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