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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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    Kirsty is an outstanding Lib Dem. I hope she will one day be Leader.
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    Important news! It's important to have a fair investigation though and not just jump on it for material gain. All parties are prone to making...
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    Kirsty has resigned as leader of the Welsh Lib Dems after the disastrous results. Four of five Assembly seats lost.
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    I’d particularly like to highlight the outstanding result achieved by Cllr Lynne Thompson, for whom I had the honour to be Campaign Manager, who gained...
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    Well done -a deserved victory for a good candidate and a well organised targeted campaign. Edinburgh Western will be well served .
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    Great results And i think its worth pointing out looking at the overall score board of council seats in England the Lib Dems are the...
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