Pow defends green track record in row over climate credentials

Junior environment minister Rebecca Pow has expressed her surprise at being ranked amongst the MPs least committed to acting against climate change by the Guardian.

The newspaper placed Pow, who has been charged with leading the new Environment Bill through the House of Commons, alongside some of the most vociferous opponents of climate action such as Sir Christopher Chope, one of a handful of MPs to vote against the 2008 Climate Change Act.

It notes that she voted against bills to introduce a climate levy on renewables, a vehicle emissions tax, a carbon capture and storage strategy, a target on decarbonising the UK’s electricity supply and onshore wind subsidies, while voting in favour of expanding Heathrow Airport. In all six cases, Pow voted with the Conservative Party whip.

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