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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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    Stephen W. Care to tell us why the SNP have quadrupled their membership since the referendum if what you say is so? Could it be...
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    Sorry, that should have read: 'Btw, RC, if you are "not afraid of standing up for the LibDems", why do you feel the need to...
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    if being "normal" equates to having a LibDem council for a generation, then we should all aspire to be "normal"!
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    I forgot Major ; I dare say a lot of people do. Btw, RC, if you are "not afraid of standing up for the LibDems,...
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    To be honest, I kind of agree with May . Students are here to study not to be given a right to citizenship or get...
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