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Roads obsession threatens climate change position ...

October 3, 2019 7:49 AM
By Trevor Carbin

Here's more detail on the research by Friends of the Earth referred to below. They say

The Wiltshire area's performance on climate change is better than most compared to similar local authority areas. But Wiltshire Council's consistent support for climate-wrecking road schemes and their opposition to wind farms demonstrates that even the better scoring local authorities need to do much better if climate catastrophe is to be averted. Wiltshire also needs to do much better on increasing the use of public transport, cycling, and walking.

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According to the LGA and the 'i' newspaper, research by Friends of the Earth has named Wiltshire Council as the most climate-friendly council in England and Wales, based on its declaration of a climate emergency, and its plans to increase renewable energy use and operate an all-electric vehicle fleet.

The climate emergency declaration was made at a council meeting earlier this year when some backbench Conservatives supported a Lib Dem motion and defeated Jane Scott's administration, which had opposed the idea.

Following behind Wiltshire in the charity's league table were the Isle of Wight, Northumberland, Somerset West and Taunton, Basingstoke and Deane and Camden. Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennett urged all local authorities to "ramp up what they are doing" to avert a "climate and ecological emergency."