16 May '11, 8am

Historic climate change deal with legal powers agreed by Cabinet via @businessgreen

Cabinet ministers have agreed a far-reaching, legally binding "green deal" that will commit the UK to two decades of drastic cuts in carbon emissions. The package will require sweeping changes to domestic life, transport and business and will place Britain at the forefront of the global battle against climate change. The deal was hammered out after tense arguments between ministers who had disagreed over whether the ambitious plans to switch to more green energy were affordable. The row had pitted the energy secretary, Chris Huhne, who strongly backed the plans, against the chancellor, George Osborne, and the business secretary, Vince Cable, who were concerned about the cost and potential impact on the economy. FURTHER READING Government "losing its way" on green promises, say charities Greg Barker: The Green Deal will lift Britain off the bottom of Europe's energy efficie...

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