Lib Dems ensure Britain leads fight against climate change – Hunter

May 18, 2011 11:05 AM

Commenting on the Coalition Government's ambitious carbon budget announcement by Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne, Cheadle MP Mark Hunter said:

"I very much welcome today's statement by the Energy and Climate Change Secretary. This is the most ambitious legally binding limit on carbon emissions set by any government in the world. It underlines the Coalition's commitment to being the greenest government ever and puts Britain at the forefront of the global fight against climate change.

"The Liberal Democrats have been committed to protecting the environment since the party was formed and we are proud that we are now putting this commitment into practice."

In his announcement to the House of Commons, Chris Huhne said:

"This announcement will give investors the certainty they need to invest in clean energy. It puts Britain at the leading edge of a new global industrial transformation as well as making good our determination that this will be the greenest government ever.

"By cutting emissions we're also getting ourselves off the oil hook, making our energy supplies more secure and opening up opportunities for jobs in the new green industries of the future.

"Under this carbon budget, Britain in 2027 will be a different place and transformed for the better with warmer homes powered by green energy, many more cars powered by electricity and far less reliance on fossil fuels to drive our economy."

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