Mon Sep 17th, 2007 at 07:46:19 AM EST
Zero Carbon Policy Motion for the "Green " Liberal Democrats is a big step forward in actioning our stance with regards to Climate Change and Green Agenda.
Scintillating speech by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
[editor's note, by Migeru]
See also: Day One
[editor's note, by Migeru] I have taken the liberty of merging both of Adrian's "Day 2" diaries into this one
An excellent debate ensued this morning at Conference, lead by an enthusiastic and uplifting speech by Chris Huhne, Shadow Minister of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The full policy motion was debated well with two areas of the motion causing some consternation , however with the overwhelming rejection of nuclear power, the need to include biofuels and develop their potential and the overall deveoplment of renewable energies will see us as the lead party of Green issues.
Chris Huhne, started the debate at home with the recent flooding experiences, and further afield with the life of Polar tribes and how their lifestyle was being eroded away by the effects of climate change and global warming.
The inexistence of Brown's Green Policy and the Tory mismatch of a report by John Gumner which has yet to be heard, whilst John Redwood only Green thing in his new report is his surname means that none of the other leading parties have a policy like which we have approved today with an overwhelming majority.
A key principal of Ming's Party leadership is the Environment and Green Policy and the debate today puts the liberal democrats at the forefront to shape Green Policy.
Climate Change policy was then focussed from a national level to both European and World significance, where with the assistance of the EU, we can fight for environmental and further protocols when the Kyoto Agreement comes up for renewal in 2010.
Following the passing of this motion, this is a very good platform for the Liberal Democrats to reach to the electorate on these issues and prove that they have a policy in place which is looking to the needs of the people of the UK, Europe and World.
The afternoon Party's business was kicked off in great style with a speech from the President of the European Comission, Jose Manuel Barroso. His awe-inspiring speech emphasised the importance of Europe and working with the European Commission to create a Liberal Democrat vision of Europe. He received a standing ovation from the Party, who is the first President of the European Commission to speak at a party conference.
The issues that were central to speech drove through the need for global action which means cooperation on issues such as climate change (especially renegotiation of Kyoto Protocol in 2012), economic challenges and international action which requires the participation of the UK within the European Union and the European Union requires the UK's input and experience to take decisions.
President Barroso also realises the need for institutional reform which would then allow the Union to work more efficiently and effectively and pledged that he hoped the Reform Treaty and ratification process from October this year and acknowledged that without this mandate, improvements which are so needed in Brussels will not occur.
Overall an excellent speech and well received by the Liberal Democrat Party.