UK government pressed about mixed message on CCS

The Scottish National Party says the British government is contradicting itself on its statements about carbon capture and storage technology.

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd this week told parliament that CCS has an ‘important future’, which appears to directly contradict party leader and prime minister David Cameron’s assertion about the technology when he commented after unveiling the Autumn Statement.
David Cameron
In November, à‚£1bn in funding for further development of projects using the technology in the UK was scrapped following the Autumn Statement. David Cameron said decisions had to be made about ‘technology that works and technology that isn’t working’ when he insisted the right choice was made to end CCS support.

However Rudd told MPs that CCS has an ‘important future’ and it was a ‘difficult’ decision to scrap the à‚£1bn fund.

“I would say that we don’t rule out carbon capture and storage in the future,” she said. “This government has made substantial investment through our entrepreneur fund in early start carbon capture and storage, we have industrialised carbon capture and storage projects working, operating and testing in Teesside.

The SNP’s energy and climate change spokesman Callum McCaig told the House of Commons: “The Prime Minister said it wasn’t working but the secretary of state says it will work, so one of them is clearly wrong.”

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