Caroline Lucas Labour MP:
“This latest short-sighted announcement compounds the utter failure of this Government’s energy policy.
“Coal fired power stations are being shut down too slowly and, perversely, they’re being replaced by a new wave of high carbon gas power stations. This switch from coal to gas is like trying to go dry by switching from vodka to super strength cider – it entirely fails to seriously address the real challenge at hand.
“In the run up to the crucial Paris climate talks in December ministers are showing their true colours. Support for nuclear and gas is growing- while help for renewable energy firms, and the thousands of jobs they create, is being slashed.
“Investing in renewables and energy conservation would be far more effective economically, environmentally and in terms of energy security. We must begin weaning ourselves off gas as quickly as possible.”
Lisa Nandy, Shadow Energy Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan:
“It’s been clear for years that Britain’s coal stations are so old and so polluting they would need to close over the next decade. Now we need to build new, cleaner power stations to take their place. Yet this government’s chopping and changing of energy policy is putting off the investment we urgently need to secure our power supplies.”