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  • Lynne Featherstone
    Article: Oct 18, 2017
    By Lynne Featherstone - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change

    Last week, to much fanfare, the Government unveiled their "Clean Growth Strategy".

    Unfortunately, despite being nearly a year late, it's a damp squib.

    Too little support for home insulation, electric vehicles, carbon capture, tree planting and many, many more essential measures and absolutely no support for tidal energy or onshore wind power.

    The goals they've set today don't even meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement.

    It's just not good enough. We know how important the fight to tackle climate change is - and by rolling out such a lacklustre plan, the Government is showing, yet again, that they just aren't serious about that fight.

  • Solar Panels
    Article: Sep 16, 2017
    By Kate Parminter

    Today and #LDConf we have called for a new environmental watchdog to uphold green laws post-Brexit

    Today at #LDConf we have called for the setting up of a tough new watchdog to protect the environment from threats posed by Brexit.

    In a conference motion we called for the creation of an Office for Environmental Responsibility that would ensure laws on air quality or the cleanliness of beaches are properly enforced.

  • Melting ice polar bear taken from Wiki Commons
    Article: Sep 16, 2017
    By Lynne Featherstone

    At our Autumn Conference today, we've set out plans for urgent, radical action to tackle climate change - and challenged the Government to meet them, before it's too late.

    In a motion passed today at our Autumn conference, we have called on the government to set a global example by bringing forward Britain's climate targets ten years from 2050 to 2040.

  • Green Liberal Democrats Leaf logo
    Article: Sep 15, 2017
    By Richard Joy in Challenge Magazine (Summerer 2017)

    Now, I don't want to launch into a political rant but it often appears that politicians are only concerned with winning the popular support of the electorate. They avoid confronting the difficult issues and students of BBC sitcoms know that the words most likely to strike fear into the heart of Jim Hacker MP, were: " … a very brave decision minister."

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew - https://api20170418155059.azure-api.net/photo/bhDYT87s.jpeg?crop=CU_1:1&quality=80&download=trueGallery: https://beta.parliament.uk/media/bhDYT87s, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61321850)
    Article: Sep 14, 2017

    AIR POLLUTION AND RED DIESEL
    Early day motion 295

    That this House notes the Government's plans to tackle Britain's air pollution crisis and improve air quality; further notes that reduced duty red diesel for certain uses costs HM Treasury £2.4 billion annually; believes that subsidising red diesel also inhibits the Government's plans to support the take-up of cleaner technologies and tackle air pollution effectively; notes that clean and affordable alternative fuels are available for some uses of red diesel, such as in transport refrigeration units; notes that if the UK's 84,000 transport refrigeration units became zero emission it would equate to taking 4 million Euro 6 diesel cars off the UK's roads; welcomes HM Treasury's red diesel consultation that was announced in the Spring Budget 2017 and closed in in June 2017; and calls on the Government to act and end red diesel subsidies for transport refrigeration units.

  • Green Liberal Democrats Leaf logo
    Article: Sep 14, 2017
    By Nigel Orchard in GLD Challenge Magazine (Summer 2017)

    Gordon Brown's government announced the smart meter implementation program (SMIP) in 2006 - every home will have one by 2020, the biggest infrastructure change since natural gas in 1974. Eleven years later we have not seen much progress. True about 25% are installed, but these are only compatible with a single energy supplier. When you change, the meter becomes dumb and needs to be replaced. At £250 a pop, and 10% churn, that's a cost of £25 per household per annum, greater than the £18 savings from being "in control". Not very smart according to recent papers by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and several BBC broadcasts.

  • Vince Cable (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Aug 20, 2017
    By Richard Partington in The Guardian

    Lib Dem leader Vince Cable questions UK's commitment to environmental projects after GIB sale to Australian bank Macquarie

    The government is facing renewed criticism after pushing through the "disastrous" sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB) to the Australian bank Macquarie, as fresh concerns are raised over its commitment to environmental projects.

  • Green Energy renewable energy Government
    Article: Aug 18, 2017
    By Vince Cable

    The Government's sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, is environmentally irresponsible.

    The Government confirmed today Macquarie Group Limited has now completed its purchase of the GIB for £2.3bn, which will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG).

    I launched the Bank in 2012, during my time as Business Secretary. Its environmental mission is now in danger of disappearing, I am calling for Parliament to ensure commitments to protect green investment in the UK are kept.

  • Fishing boat in the distance
    Article: Aug 3, 2017

    Michael Gove has said that British waters would continue to be fished by EU trawlers post-Brexit.

    Gove made his experiences of the fishing industry growing up in Aberdeen a major reason for his support for Brexit.

    Yet another lie of the Leave campaign has been exposed by the Environment Secretary.

    Michael Gove chose to put stopping EU fishing in British waters front and centre of his campaign to leave the EU, yet is now telling Danish Fishermen the opposite.

    We saw a promise of £350 million for the NHS on the side of a bus, this promise to fisherman might as well have been painted on the hull of a boat.

  • Farron on Green Cuts
    Article: May 20, 2017
    By Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent in The Independent

    Exclusive poll for The Independent shows public - and most Conservative voters - back banning the most-polluting cars from city centres as pressure builds on the Government

    It has been described as a "public health emergency" responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year, but dozens of local councils have been failing to report on air pollution as required by law for years.