It’s a great day for the Conservatives as they celebrate a landslide majority, but environmentalists will be watching with concern to see how the party manages its environmental policies.
Of all the party manifestos, the Conservatives were demonstrably one of the weakest in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainability.
However, environmentalists at least escaped Ukip’s green scourge this election.
Nigel Farage had pledged to repeal all green subsidies if he was elected, and once attacked David Cameron’s stance on wind farms as a “loopy idea that we can cover Britain in ugly disgusting ghastly windmills and that somehow our future energy needs will come from that”.
But back to the Conservatives, Cameron’s party pledged to “cut emissions as cost-effectively as possible” in its manifesto, but it has come under fire from green groups for ignoring waste policy and threatening to end onshore wind subsidies.
Badger culls would be extended over the country after last year’s trials were deemed to be a success, according to Liz Truss, the environment secretary. It is a controversial move that may spark protests.
What’s more, a repeal of the foxhunting ban could also be in the offing. The Prime Minister says under a Conservative government he would want a free vote on the issue.
Conservatives would instead be focusing on offshore wind farms and solar panels in their 2015 manifesto. They plan to invest more than 3 billion pounds to 2020 to improve the environment, phase out subsidies for new onshore wind farms, and invest 500 million pounds over the next 5 years towards making most cars and vans zero emission vehicles by 2050.
In an encouraging turn of events, The Green Party received around one million votes in this year’s General Election, which is a historical high for the fringe party.
Victorious Green Party MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, said: the results had shown “the political system in this country is broken”.
“It’s ever clearer tonight that the time for electoral reform is long overdue, and it’s only proportional representation that will deliver a Parliament that is truly legitimate and better reflects the people it is meant to represent.”
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