According to the Liberal Democrats Party website the Liberal Democrats Party will try to achieve the following if they gain power at the 2010 general election:
Climate change could destroy our way of life, but going green seems harder than ever. Instead of listening, and helping, the government piles on more taxes. Liberal Democrats will cut income tax and make polluters pay instead. We’ll force energy companies to use windfall profits to cut your bills and help you use energy more efficiently.
Zero-Carbon Britain – We are the first party to aim for a carbon neutral Britain where we absorb as much carbon as we emit by 2050. We will achieve this by ensuring100% of the UK’s electricity comes from clean sources without the use of nuclear power stations, making homes greener and improving public transport. We will provide incentives for renewable technologies and make Britain a greener, healthier place to live.
Tackling climate change – taking a global lead – We will provide leadership for an international framework that will enable each country to manage a transition to a low-carbon economy, including working for agreement on a more ambitious set of targets in the negotiations for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and beyond. We will help developing countries to mitigate and adapt to climate change, including working for the establishment of an International Leapfrog Fund to invest in low-carbon technologies, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in developing countries.
Sustainable Housing – We will aim to set national targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the UK’s housing by 80% by 2050. We will ensure that the UK complies with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive so that we are not prosecuted by the European Court of Justice. We would raise the requirements of Building Regulations to ensure that our homes are energy efficient. This would help to curb Britain’s carbon emissions as well as tackling fuel poverty.
Tax pollution not people – We want to reverse the decline in green taxation under Labour, and use the revenue to cut income tax. We will cut income tax and increase taxes on carbon emissions and other resource usage that causes global warming. So the more you go green, the more money you save.
Renewable energy, not nuclear energy – We oppose construction of further nuclear power stations. More nuclear power is a barrier to green growth, as it will soak up subsidy, hinder development of Britain’s vast renewable resources and lead to nuclear proliferation – increasing global security risks.
I would be interested to hear both positive and negative views on Liberal Democrats Environment and Energy policies in the comments below?