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panzerfaust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:35 AM
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Source: Guardian (UK)

The government department spearheading the fight against climate change is planning an emergency package of at least 300m of cuts covering key environmental services, the Guardian has learned.

Frontline agencies tackling recycling, nature protection, energy saving, carbon emissions and safeguarding the environment are all being targeted in the package which is being drawn up by Helen Ghosh, the top civil servant at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs....

... The department is central to the government's push to achieve a low carbon economy but many schemes intended to deliver on that are expected to be scaled down or dropped. Senior civil servants are furious about what they see as a U-turn by Whitehall less than a month after a comprehensive spending review which highlighted climate change as one of the key Treasury objectives.

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Not much more can be said.

If you have never watched the UK TV-series "Yes, (Prime) Minister" now would be a good time - it is clear that the Bushistas have.
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:48 AM
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1. At least they still have a climate change department.
With the current antagnostic government climate we are living in, the Brits could have shut it down all together.

The US doesn't even have such a department and now that Cheney is taking an active interest in the environmental situation, I expect every dollar we spend will be spent on actively lessening any positive impact we treehuggers may achieve.
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panzerfaust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:08 AM
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2. We don't need a climate change department

For, as Lord Cheney says, we can rely upon the voluntary efforts of industry to prevent any environmental damage.
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