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The Independent View: Liberal Democrats must not be complicit in Osborne’s dash for gas

Friends of the Earth and the Liberal Democrats have long had similar visions for our energy future: more renewables; phasing out fossil fuels; ramping up energy efficiency. In short, getting pollution and consumer bills down, while increasing energy self-sufficiency.

Everything about this vision is now at stake.

The ‘quad’ – the coalition’s decision-making grouping of Cameron, Clegg, Osborne and Alexander – are locked in negotiations with Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey over a 2030 ‘decarbonisation’ target in the Government’s Energy Bill legislation.

Such a target …

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The Independent View: Will Osborne gas the Lib Dems’ green credentials?

Ed Davey’s announced this week that he’d secured an important concession from the Chancellor over wind farm subsidies – but at what cost?

Although there was understandable relief over the certainty this move gave to investors in clean British energy it seems the victory may have come with a hefty price tag: an agreement to burden our electricity system with dirty and increasingly expensive gas for decades to come – despite the enormous damage this could cause to both the economy and planet.

Ed Davey’s success in securing a 10 per cent cut in wind farm subsidies – to reflect the …

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    Simon Shaw "the same sort of simplistic solutions as Syriza," I have to say that the notion you have of starving people until the economy...
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    @Mr Wallace "Thing is though, if a Green Party with 1 MP who got very little support at the last election can be polling higher...
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    Its more doublethink than hypocrisy, they really do see themselves as "a moral crusade" & paradoxically that means they can use any methods to win.
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    Thanks for the link Simon, the interviewer is a bit rude interrupting her but yeah, she didn't come across well at all. Very badly in...
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    @Mr Wallace "We need something like syriza here." Based on Natalie Bennett's "car crash" interview a week ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dFn8RIXOBE, I would say that the sort...