Emergency Budget’s green blackout

The chancellor left the environment and climate change out of his budget, but deep spending cuts and a more sceptical attitude to regulation will affect green policy

Deep and rapid spending cuts by the environment, energy and business departments confirmed in the emergency Budget could have a major impact on UK environmental policymaking.

But the chancellor, George Osborne, said little about the environment and climate change in his speech on June 22, and made no new commitments on green taxes. The accompanying Treasury report added little to the sketchy plans already outlined by the coalition government in its first two months (ENDS Report 424, p 5).

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