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Corbyn’s confusion over coal and clean energy

August 8, 2015 2:28 PM

Well the mess Labour appear to be getting themselves in deepens by the day. Not only is the party deeply divided but it seems the leading leadership contender is not sure of his own policies.

Friends of the Earth have, not unexpectedly, been looking at the green credentials of the candidates who are vying to lead the bedraggled Labour party. They tweeted that Jeremy Corbyn, the current front runner, has a "very green manifesto" and provide a link to that manifesto.

His "protecting our planet" manifesto, clearly designed to bring in the green vote, states

"To win, we must show we have a modern vision of an innovative country that has a new idea of prosperity and success. Our collective aspirations must lie with a greener vision of Britain. And we must reach out to those voters who care deeply about the environment if we are to build the electoral alliance we need."

It calls for all the environmental policies that as Liberal Democrats we accept as the norm, and has all the key words and phrases - renewable energy, addressing climate change, protecting our environment, clean energy, etc.

Page 8 is particularly relevant given his comments in the past few days.

"We must take action now to keep fossil fuels in the ground - end dirty energy handouts, ban fracking and set a target date to end new fossil fuel extraction, and begin to phase out high polluting coal power stations with support for workers to re-train.

Britain should scrap the 'capacity market' which subsidises coal, gas and nuclear power at greater expense."

Why then has he been advocating the reopening of coal mines in South Wales and elsewhere? This is in direct contradiction to his own written pledges in his manifesto. Confused? He is.