MPs haul DEFRA over the coals on UK emissions trading scheme

Members of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee have accused senior officials in the Environment Department (DEFRA) of "stupid decisions" in setting up the UK's emissions trading scheme - leading to an "outrageous waste of public money". The scheme's second year again saw massive over-achievement against targets - and DEFRA is now trying to stop the surplus undermining other policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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