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Comment - Energy and Climate Change

Unlikely Green warriors by David Flint

On May 16th, 2012 the Guardian reported the contents of a leaked letter from foreign secretary William Hague to his cabinet colleagues. The letter says that the UK should "do more to help green industries, boost economic growth, stop the UK falling behind international rivals, and avoid losing its global leadership on the environment". He also says that without stronger leadership there is "no hope of securing an international agreement on climate change".

On 14th May Peter Hain left the Labour front-bench to work on African politics and to promote a Severn barrage. Next day Leo Hickman reviewed the pros and cons of a barrage. (His article in the Guardian is unusual as he spells out the steps he took to investigate the barrage proposal, which included calling on readers for help).

Hickman concluded that "a network of tidal stream generators positioned throughout the estuary" would be environmentally sounder, faster to build and offer greater potential for rolling out to other sites. This is consistent with our own policy

First published in the EGP members newsletter, June 2012

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