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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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    Paul, apologies, I missed your own reference to John Pardoe in the main article. I like the idea of him and Healey sending the crockery...
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    Being "very proud of ourselves" is exactly what the public loathe. Sigh....
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    It is too early to try to say how Nick Clegg will be viewed by history. Yes history will say that this coalition government was...
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    'It is a fair challenge, but I just wonder about the vast, vast swathes of broken promises by Labour between 1997-2010 and the Tories in...
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    And as for Ken Clarke's comments about Gordon Brown sticking to his spending plans in the first two years, they say everything about Clarke's engaging...
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    "I can’t remember a better government in my lifetime .... I am very proud of my party and very proud of Nick Clegg." That's the...
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