Archive of 5 June 2007
The secretary of state David Miliband launched the draft climate change bill with the insistence there is no longer any debate that climate change is a reality and emissions are to blame. Working from this assumption, the climate change bill commits the UK to reducing emissions, based on a new system of carbon budgets and enforced by a climate change committee
The Liberal Democrat environment minister Chris Huhne outlines the Lib Dem's concerns with the climate change bill in its current form. Although welcoming it as a starting point to curb emissions, Mr Huhne warns the bill is weakened by a lack of yearly targets and is vulnerable to political interference - allowing governments to avoid responsibility for missed targets.