01 Dec '11, 11am

Osborne's plan for the UK: Pollute our way to growth #autumnstatement

Osborne's plan for the UK: Pollute our way to growth #autumnstatement

George Osborne launched an assault on green measures in his Autumn Statement that reads as if it were written by the UK’s biggest polluters. Tax breaks for heavy polluters, renewed support for airport expansion, opening the countryside to development, more roads and a freeze on fuel duty - all this adds up to the dirtiest budget in recent history. One of the most damaging measures introduced in his statement is a tax break for the UK’s heavy polluters . For nearly a decade the general political consensus is that the polluter should pay, but instead of chemical companies and steel manufacturers paying the price for their dirty emissions George Osborne has deemed they will pay less for destroying the environment. Heathrow was singled out as the only airport not open to expansion . Even though halting the expansion of Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow were flagship green commitm...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/osbornes-plan-u...

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