'Defend green policies,' activists urge Lib Dems
Environmental campaigners are urging Liberal Democrat ministers to do more to defend green policies in the coalition, with a raft of energy-saving and carbon reduction measures under threat in George Osborne's Autumn Statement.
David Cameron has put all green taxes under review, despite repeated promises by the Chancellor that the measures make "economic sense".
Business Secretary Vince Cable led the Lib Dem calls last week to protect green taxes – which help the renewable energy market and limit carbon pollution – warning it would be "short-sighted and foolish" to scrap them. Yet there are fears the Lib Dems will go along with weakening the levies in the interests of political stability for Mr Osborne's statement in December, and in the face of rising costs from energy suppliers.
The situation is particularly acute since Ed Miliband unveiled a price freeze on fuel bills for two years if Labour is elected in 2015 – prompting energy firms to blame green taxes for their huge bills.
In 2011, the Chancellor announced the carbon price floor – a tax on industry of £16 per ton of carbon emitted, which should rise to £30 by 2020. But this is thought to be under review, along with the Energy Companies Obligation (Eco), which ensures firms are insulating fuel-poverty homes.
In opposition, Mr Osborne argued that the Tories should "take the lead" in promoting green growth.
Kielder Forest considered as site for return of wild lynx to the UK after 1,300 year absence
Frilled shark: Australian fishermen capture terrifying shark from the deep
Humanity's 'inexorable' population growth is so rapid that even a global catastrophe would not stop it
Melting ice could cause gravity shift
Have you heard 'the hum'? Mystery of Earth's low droning noise could now be solved
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 4 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
- 5 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
General Election 2015: Polish prince challenges Nigel Farage to a duel over immigration question
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...