Britain should not obsess about cutting its carbon emissions, Sir Tony Blair said yesterday.
In a break with Labour policy, the former prime minister suggested it was futile to make big sacrifices to drive down the UK’s emissions when they are dwarfed by those from countries such as China.
He said even if the UK did a ‘huge amount’ it was ‘not really going to impact climate change‘.
His comments fuelled a growing debate in both main parties about how far to pursue costly green policies.
Sir Keir Starmer has put ‘green growth’ at the heart of Labour’s plans for government and set a target of getting all of the UK’s electricity from green sources by 2030, which many experts believe will be near impossible to achieve.