Tim Yeo has been the Conservative MP for South Suffolk since 1983
and is the current chair of the Commons'
Energy and Climate Change (ECC) committee. Yeo served as
the minister for environment and countryside from 1992-3. Yeo is
standing down as an MP at the general election in May after
being deselected by
his local party members in 2013.
In his final in-depth interview before stepping down
as the chair of the ECC select committee, Yeo
Fracking: "By the late 2030s
we won't need to be fracking in this country, but for the time
being, I think it's better than not doing so."
The Paris COP: "What I would like to see, it
something which facilitates the move towards a global cap and
The Fifth Carbon Budget: "I'll be very
surprised if there isn't quite a high penalty on those companies
and industries that have not decarbonised by the 2030s. And the
fifth carbon budget needs to be challenging, so that people can
start making their plans now."
Beyond the Climate Change Act: "We know that
unless we've got to that net-zero by mid-century, the danger is
that the concentration in the atmosphere will be so great, and for
so long, that the cost then will become very expensive, and very
Wind power: "Onshore wind is relatively good
value for money, but it's being blocked at the planning system,
which is a mistake. We've put, I think, too much into some of the
expensive ones, offshore wind, the early CFDs."
Investing, hypothetically, his own
money: "Well, I think I'd put a decent chunk into solar."
The Green Deal: "It's been a failure, I'm
The "older, white male" climate sceptic
Tories: "To be brutal, they're going to die off. Very few
people under the age of 40 now, I think, seriously question the
The UK exiting the EU: "Given we have got
quite ambitious [carbon] targets set domestically, I don't think it
should have too much of a damaging effect on our own approach."