David Cameron Accused Of Climate Change U-Turn

  • Date: 16/02/14
  • Belfast Telegraph

Ed Miliband has attacked David Cameron for giving up the fight against climate change, warning that Britain is “sleepwalking into a national security crisis”.

The Labour leader said the winter storms that have been wreaking havoc in the country should serve as a “wake up call”.

It was “extraordinary” that the Prime Minister was now portraying climate change merely as “a matter of conscience”, when it had been a “core conviction” when he was in Opposition.

In an interview with The Observer, Mr Miliband said: “In 2012 we had the second wettest winter on record and this winter is a one in 250-year event. If you keep throwing the dice and you keep getting sixes then the dice are loaded. Something is going on.

“We have always warned that climate change threatens national security because of the consequences for destabilisation of entire regions of the world, mass migration of millions of people and conflict over water or food supplies.

“But the events of the last few weeks have shown this is a national security issue in our own country too with people’s homes, businesses and livelihoods coming under attack from extreme weather. And we know this will happen more in the future.”

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