Before any proposed government legislation can become approved, there are a number of stages and checkpoints designed to ensure that all relevant factors have been considered. This is to protect the nation against poor quality or erroneous decisions adversely affecting the interests of the electorate, and at least to gather valid criticisms of that legislation.
The Climate Change Act of 2008 did not follow that path, with only five MP’s voting against it. One such MP who opposed the legislation gives his reasons here . It was carried forward without proper scrutiny, without public input, and with barely any dissenting voice being allowed to be heard. Its stipulation to ensure that the net UK ‘carbon account’ for all six Kyoto ‘greenhouse gases’ for the year 2050 were to be at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline, prompted the move away from conventional power sources to renewables.