Cameron and Osborne sound death knell for 'greenest government ever' pledge, with complete sidelining of low-carbon economy
Has there been a more anti-environmental political conference at any point over the past decade than this year's annual Conservative party jamboree in Manchester?
The answer is almost certainly not, and after a week of high-carbon policy announcements and sidelining of environmental issues, the hard-fought political consensus on the urgent need to create a world-leading, low-carbon economy seems under serious threat for the first time in a decade.
If you look at the handful of environmental announcements that have emerged in the past few days, it has provided explicit confirmation that large parts of the largest party in the coalition are not signed up to the UK's low-carbon agenda, are actively lobbying for it to be scaled back, and are in some cases tearing off in the opposite direction.
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