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Opinion: 3 reasons why the Earth Summit matters for Liberal Democrats

In mid-June 1992, over one hundred heads of state came together in Rio de Janeiro to establish groundbreaking and legally binding agreements which put sustainable development on the global agenda and urged the world to start living within its means.

Twenty years on, sustainable development appears to have lost its way. The global financial crisis and ongoing problems in the Eurozone have led some (including many in the Conservative Party) to turn a blind eye to environmental issues.

Such has been the lack of media coverage, in fact, that you could be forgiven for failing to realise that this week’s Earth Summit, …

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Opinion: Re-stating our environmental credentials in a language that makes economic sense

Last weekend wasn’t a good one for the environmental agenda.

First came a DECC press release containing proposals that will give rise to a new ‘dash for gas’ in the UK. The announcement means that new gas power stations will not need to be more efficient or less polluting.  It is part of the Treasury’s anti-green agenda which holds the misguided view that green policies are anti-growth and increase costs for businesses and households. This is despite the fact that recent hikes in power bills have been largely due to large increases in wholesale gas prices.

(Incidentally, the release was embargoed until …

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  • User AvatarCaron 21st Jul - 5:38am
    @Tony I meant the Scottish Be the best again campaign which won us 2 constituency seats.
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    Well done Caron for putting such a positive spin on it. As a pessimist I was not very impressed. You wrote, “The economy – as...
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    Peter, the trade deficit has been at worryingly high levels for some time and an over-valued exchange rate has exacerbated the deficits. Overseas Sterling reserves...
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    'We know what we believe and our values, it is called liberalism... our vision must be built on our liberalism and our policies be created...
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    @ PJ I now understand your logic, but I think it is flawed. The pledge was not to keep tuition fees at £3,000, it was...
  • User AvatarMike S 21st Jul - 1:10am
    Ok Paul - maybe not the best term to choose. How do councils work? - unelected members are consulted yes, but who is responsible for...