Thursday, 13 March 2008

NOT A GREEN BUDGET FOR KENT


KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday 13th March 2008 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
NOT A GREEN BUDGET FOR KENT
Kent Green Party condemns the Budget announced yesterday. It is emphatically not a ‘green’ budget which considers the needs of Kent. Steve Dawe comments:
“The Chancellor has missed opportunities to introduce a variety of greener measures. He has:
· Failed to increase fuel duty, continuing Government policy of ignoring the fact that we are near the Peak of global oil supplies. The result is that present levels of oil consumption will carry on rising, using remaining oil reserves up rapidly and causing oil prices to continue rising(1). He needed to increase petrol prices to encourage conservation and to persuade people to use public transport more: critical in Kent’s 36 plus Air Quality Management Areas of exceptional air pollution.
· Presided over cuts in the DEFRA budget which mean agricultural support services and flood and coastal protection are all under serious constraints, which is bad news for Kent.
· Whilst raising the Government target of reducing greenhouse gases by 80% (from 60%) 1990-2050, the Chancellor has also emphasised his enthusiasm for airport expansion which is vigorously opposed at Lydd, Manston and Heathrow. Permitting airport expansion is damaging to Kent’s domestic tourism and makes the Government’s climate policies contradictory.
· Ignored the need to make existing homes and buildings carbon free as soon as possible. Grants, incentives and regulations should not just be about new carbon free homes by 2016 or carbon free new buildings of all types by 2019. In order to cut emissions from housing by 80% by 2050, the installation of low and zero carbon emissions technologies in housing would have to rise 15-fold from its present abysmal level to at least 600,000 such installations per year(2).”


FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above.
Notes:
1. See Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Best evidence suggests we should reach the peak of oil supplies 2006-2016, but the UK Government has no contingency plans to deal with higher oil prices.
2. Brenda Boardman – Home Truths: a low carbon strategy to reduce UK housing emissions by 80% by 2050. (University of Oxford, Environmental Change Institute, November 2007)

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