Earlier this year, ex-prime minister Tony Blair signed up to the EU target of 20 per cent of all European energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. New prime minister Gordon Brown is now likeky to be advised that the target is too expensive and difficult to meet. The UK government will hope that it will be able to work with ‘climate sceptic’ governments such as Poland and the Czech Republic in order to try and persuade German chancellor Angela Merkel to set lower binding targets, which are due to be agreed in December.
Blair had a habit of signing any document the EU put in front of him, often without thinking through the implications.
The Guardian newspaper is alarmed:
Leaked documents detail strategy for climate change U-turn