Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Will green policies survive spending review?

Fingers crossed people. Today is the government spending review in the UK. What will survive? I don't want to say much about the cuts in general. We surely need some cuts in spending, but are these too much too soon? We will see. On the environment, there are a number of things to look out for that will test the government's committment. Will the Green Bank have the finance and structure to make a real difference? Will the new ports in the North East get the support they need for the offshore wind sector? Will the feed-in tariff or carbon capture research and development fund survive? And will the funding for general science research that is so vital to developing new technologies make it through without too much of a reduction....

Take a deep breath now... this stuff matters.

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