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Campaign against Climate Change protesters gather outside the Treasury on 26 July.
George Osborne's new 'dash for gas' threatens to destroy any hope we might have of reaching the Climate Act targets. But the Lib Dems could apply pressure to stop him. Write to Nick Clegg and tell him to stand up to Osborne. We also suggest you write to your MP.
In 2008, the UK Parliament passed the Climate Change Act almost unanimously. This historic piece of legislation set not just a legally binding target of at least an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, but also established the independent Committee on Climate Change to ensure we remain on track.
Four years on, and vested interests have succeeded in undermining this political consensus. Despite the fact that the green economy is the only part of the UK economy that is actually growing, the Chancellor George Osborne, egged on by many Tory backbenchers, seems intent on bringing it to a grinding halt.
His intention is to lock the UK economy back into dependence on fossil fuels in the guise of a new 'dash for gas'. The crunch point for the targets contained within the Climate Change Act will come this autumn: will the Energy Bill contain a target to clean up (decarbonise) the UK's electricity by 2030, as recommended by the Committe on Climate Change, or will unabated gas lay waste to the UK's emissions targets?
Importantly, these policy changes cannot go ahead without the Liberal Democrats agreeing to them. There is still time to get carbon targets into the Energy Bill when Parliament returns in the autumn. Write to Nick Clegg and tell him to stand up to Osborne.
Finally, you can make the same points in an email to Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
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Read more about the politics and recent events before our protest outside the Treasury.
PS. Did we mention that George Osborne's father in law is a lobbyist for oil and gas companies?