Scare-mongering polluters

Scare-mongering by polluting industries on the costs of cleaning up is making the UK Government back-pedal on environmental protection. So the Environmental Industries Commission has launched a campaign against them.

Scare-mongering by polluting industries on the costs of cleaning up is making the UK Government back-pedal on environmental protection. So the Environmental Industries Commission has launched a campaign against them.

The EIC is urging the Government to ensure evidence-based policymaking (in both the UK and Brussels) by challenging the exaggerated cost claims of industry and paying attention to the economic benefits created by progressive environmental policies.

Adrian Wilkes, Chairman of the EIC, said “This is a vitally important campaign because the scaremongering DeRegulation Lobby from polluting industries, led by the CBI, has captured the policy debate in Downing Street – to the huge detriment of British citizens and to the UK economy.”

“The DeRegulation Lobby has traditionally used the tactic of publicising economic-impact studies to dramatise the impacts of environmental protection as potentially devastating to industry and consumers. Yet, all economic studies show that polluting industries consistently exaggerate the costs of pollution control. And at last week’s Select Committee hearing the CBI were unable to give one single example of a British company that had left the UK because of environmental regulation,” Wilkes stated.

The EIC campaign was launched yesterday with a cross-party Motion in the House of Commons, supported by John Gummer MP (former Environment Secretary), Norman Baker MP (Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesman) and David Kidney MP (Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Conservation Group).