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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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    @Dav, I do not see how me being a student takes away from anything I've said. There's a Member of Parliament that's also a student...
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    Glenn 25th May '16 - 11:22am....Expats.....most of the programs shown on the commercial channels are not BBC programs.... I didn't use the word 'most'; I...
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    Again an article which overlooks the *fact*, that the EU fund us with our own British money. If I'm wrong, just send me a £20...
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    Jane Thank you. Expats, most of the programs shown on the commercial channels are not BBC programs. Of the British ones a lot are ITV...
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    Equal opportunities is something that almost everyone subscribes to, but as the article states, it is not enough. It does not mean treating everyone the...
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    If you want to claim the EU is good for Britain, it certainly can't be on the basis of them funding us!