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Budget doesn't face up to climate threat, say Greens

Thu, 21 Feb 2019

The head of the Isle of Man Green Party says government is showing a complete lack of leadership in facing up to the threat of climate change.
Andrew Newton says despite Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan’s repeated use of the word ‘sustainable’ in his budget speech, his financial plan fails to seriously address this ‘major strategic threat’.
He’s criticised what he sees as the ‘token amount’ put aside in the billion pound budget for climate change mitigation.
Mr Cannan highlighted planned spending of £3.3 million on flood defences to protect citizens against ‘threats to life and property’ caused by rising seas.
Electrification of the Manx economy, investment in renewable energy, and green procurement policies should all have been introduced in this budget, according to Mr Newton.
He told Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne this administration has to start treating the climate change threat seriously, and soon:


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