Nick Clegg has been promoting his new deal with the six biggest energy companies which will mean that every consumer will receive a statement every year telling them if they’d be better off on a different tariff and how to change things. It’s part of what seems to be a strategy to debunk the idea put about by George Osborne and the Tory right that you can’t be green and have a growing economy at the same time. It makes sense that if we use our resources carefully, costs come down and that benefits everybody, business, consumer and the environment. He explained his thinking i an e-mail to party members which is reproduced here in full.
There is a myth doing the rounds that environmentalism has hit a wall – that green politics is only for good times. Some argue we have to choose between protecting our environment and growing our economy. But this argument is utterly wrong.
It is simply not true that you have to give up on the green economy if you want to grow. This is the case I have been making loud and clear today, you can read more here.
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We are undergoing a profound transformation within our economy. For the first time our economic and environmental mantras are the same – waste not, want not. Whether it’s waste of energy, waste of money or waste of potential of future generations.
This creates a unique opportunity to put environmental thrift into the mainstream, an argument Liberal Democrats have been making for generations. As we make the case for learning to live within our economic means we must make the case for living within our environmental means too.
We have to stop treating the environment like an afterthought. Instead we will show that consumer interests, business interests and green interests are the same. That is why the environment will be at the heart of everything Liberal Democrats do in government, why I will be making more speeches on further green issues in coming months and why we will fight to make this the greenest government ever.
Nick Clegg MP
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister
* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings