Monday, 4 July 2011

SCCS: Urgent - email MEPs ahead of EU vote on emissions reduction targets

The European Parliament will vote tomorrow, 5 July, on whether Europe should commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 (the current target is a 20% reduction).

Although Prime Minister David Cameron has clearly stated the Conservative Party's position to support an increase in the EU targets, some rebel Conservative MEPs, including Scotland's only Tory MEP Struan Stevenson, may vote against it.

These votes could tip the balance.

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is urging all supporters to take time today to email MEPs (via Christian Aid website) and David Cameron (via 38 Degrees website). You can also tweet MEPs.

The EU must show leadership on the issue of climate change. We need to put as much pressure as possible on MEPs before Tuesday.

Speaking ahead of the crucial European Parliament vote Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, said:

"Two years ago Scotland showed the rest of the world that if we are serious about tackling climate change we need to act. We didn't wait for others, we showed leadership and ambition. The EU should be following Scotland's lead and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland would be very concerned if one of our own MEPs decided to vote against an EU target of 30%.

"That is why, ahead of this crucial European Parliament vote, we call on Struan Stevenson to show leadership on climate change by voting in favour of the 30% target, and encouraging his Conservative colleagues to do the same."


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