The Lib Dems had their chance to make a difference and it may not come again

Independent on Sunday, 3 May 2015:

Undoubtedly the Coalition’s environmental record would have been much worse without the Lib Dems in charge at DECC (Keep Clegg in coalition, says green industry April 26). However the reactionary wing of the Conservative Party, better known as the fossil fuel lobby, can claim greater success. Over the past 5 years the cheapest form of renewable energy, onshore wind, has been stopped, feed-in tariffs for solar energy have been cut, tighter building standards were scrapped, fracking companies have been offered generous tax breaks, and planning restrictions irksome to oil and gas companies have been lifted. More damaging still is that the UK government opposed EU proposals on carbon emissions, so that the target of providing 27% of electricity using renewables by 2030 now applies to the EU as a whole and is not country specific. This makes it unenforceable. The Lib Dems had their chance to make a difference and it may not come again.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire

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