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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 AvatarRoland 1st Jul - 12:20pm
    @Paul King - I fully understand where you and others are coming from on this. The problem, looking back, is that it was in the...
  • User AvatarTony Dawson 1st Jul - 12:04pm
    There are two kind of pressures which have been pressing the reaction to the wave of EC immigration. One is cultural (EC immigration has reached...
  • User AvatarMark Seaman 1st Jul - 11:54am
    Freedom of movement when the countries involved have very similar standards of living is not a problem. The issue is that the former Soviet Bloc...
  • User AvatarMatt (Bristol) 1st Jul - 11:39am
    Hurrah! We move onwards. Looking forward (which is tough and possibly naive) I think – and beginning to open up myself to the the possibility...
  • User AvatarMatt (Bristol) 1st Jul - 11:34am
    "The freedom to import labour at will..." Freedom of movement is *not* - at a foundational level - freedom of the corporate employer to import....
  • User AvatarAndrew Hickey 1st Jul - 11:30am
    Catherine, I agree with most of that. I'm just not a very optimistic person, though :-/