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The Independent View: Voters support pro-wind energy candidates

Nine months ago Nick Clegg made his Leader’s speech to Conference in front of a backdrop featuring wind turbines. There followed months of speculation about the relationship between Lib Dem Energy Secretary Edward Davey and his junior Minister John Hayes, until the latter was moved. So were Clegg and Davey right to be so forthright in support? New polling numbers suggest so, despite what certain fossilised parts of the media would have us believe.

Over the last year there’s been a slew of opinion polls showing strong support for wind – as Davey said to the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy …

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How green was the spending review?

Trawling through the details of today’s spending review, Liberal Democrat concerns for the environment look to have got a pretty strong showing, with overall a 21% increase in environmental spending in cash terms during the spending review period. That makes the environment one of the areas to benefit most from the limited amounts of extra spending, and the initiatives include:

  • A Green Investment Bank – heavily trailed, but going ahead with a capitalisation of £1 billion plus money from asset sales.
  • Carbon Capture and Storage – at least £1 billion will go on funding a demonstration project.
  • Tackling fuel poverty – the

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  • User AvatarTynan 22nd Jan - 1:28pm
    Correction current population is around 7.8 billion, predicted to be around 9 billion by 2050, was using old source.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 22nd Jan - 1:27pm
    Good thinking, James. A sure fire way to persuade the four and a half million people who voted Lib Dem in 2010 (but didn't in...
  • User AvatarJulian Tisi 22nd Jan - 1:19pm
    @David Raw, I've corrected your statement below: "That’s a great comfort, Julian. I’ll pass it on to the recipients of the 6,000 food parcels and...
  • User AvatarTynan 22nd Jan - 1:11pm
    Stephen Howse, true but to some extent that's my point. World population was around 3 billion when my parents were at school. Now it is...
  • User AvatarJames Belchamber 22nd Jan - 1:05pm
    Silvio: The problem with that approach, regardless of the argument about whether or not we should have entered coalition (which honestly is a different debate),...
  • User AvatarJohn Bicknell 22nd Jan - 1:05pm
    The Lib Dems have never recovered from the psychological trauma from being in coalition, and its electoral consequences. An aura of collective guilt hangs over...