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Why the government’s bold green promises lack substance

Reducing UK carbon emissions to net zero will be costly. Postponing the Environment Bill for a third time risks making the green transition less feasible

By Nick Butler  

Photo: Ashley Cooper pics / Alamy Stock Photo

By postponing the Environment Bill at the end of January, the government has damaged the momentum the green agenda has built up over the last year. Rather than blaming the delay on Covid, we should apply the lessons of the past year to understand how major problems can really be solved.

Other than Covid, one issue has dominated recent public policy debate: the environment, and in particular the policies necessary to mitigate the risks climate change brings. Global warming has not suddenly been discovered, of course, but in the past 12 months it has moved to the centre…

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