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Blog Post By Brendan Perring

Swept into a closet: Death of the green agenda?


As I head out every morning to chip ice of windscreens and drink nuclear strength coffee to try and coax the old brain box into gear, it seems it is not just nature that has gone into hibernation, but also the politics of protecting of it.

When the Conservative Party launched its election campaign it was with a key commitment to being the first Government to really take its environmental responsibilities seriously. Indeed, it even included a tree on its logo to mark this new green-fingered approach. But unfortunately that was then, and this is now. Coalition politics, a recalcitrant economy, anti-green lobbying from within its own ranks, and reality just catching up with Mr Cameron, means this agenda has now been quietly swept into a Westminster closet.

I hear you ask: why should I care? Well, if you believe the clever scientists, economic analysts, and environmental campaigners, the fact is that as technology continues to improve, green sources of power will be undeniably cheaper for the end-user. And as energy bills make up a huge proportion of outgoing costs for the thousands of printers and their suppliers across the UK, it is perhaps a cause worth joining—and fast.

Just one example of the shifting winds are that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been doing some clever fiddling, cutting the subsidies of onshore windfarms by 5 percent

Just one example of the shifting winds are that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been doing some clever fiddling, cutting the subsidies of onshore windfarms by 5 percent. And to placate its rural supporters, and UKIP swing voters, the Conservative Party has moved significantly away from its 2010 pro-green position. Add to this naïve Government support for ‘paperless world green initiatives’—FSC or PEFC certified paper products are among the most sustainable manufactured materials on the planet—and what you have is politics over ideals.   

No matter how the politicians squirm and wriggle, the conclusive fact remains that the UK’s energy security ultimately lies in renewable sources. It would be better to get ahead of the curve, be brave, and make serious moves to support this sector. Whether you are green-minded or business-minded, the benefits are clear.
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