Wednesday, 22 April 2009

NOT A GREEN BUDGET FOR KENT

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 22nd April 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192

NOT A GREEN BUDGET FOR KENT

The Budget should have an opportunity for investment in creating a sustainable, carbon free economy and a more just society. Kent deserved and needs a better share of public resources and private investment. Steve Dawe comments:

“The Chancellor lavished £37 billion in a single day on banks, with no real guarantees that they would improve their investment practices for the future. In the Budget, he has committed pitifully small sums to energy efficiency and renewable energy. With over 109,000 Kent homes in fuel poverty, and Kent having major potential as the location of onshore services supporting an expanding wind farm industry off our shores, this Budget needed to do more.

“The Chancellor has committed the country to building between 2 and 4 demonstration Carbon capture and storage projects(1) at public expense. This is a tacit go-ahead for the Kingsnorth coal fired power station. This will help to keep the coal industry going at a time when it needs to be wound down. Equally ridiculous, the Chancellor wants smaller oil fields in the North Sea to be exploited and is to provide incentives for this. Wasting resources in this way will contribute to preventing the Government from reducing emissions by 34% (1990-2020).

“If we generated the same proportion of our electricity from windfarms as Denmark does, and at the growth rate Denmark achieves, we'd create about 200,000 jobs by 2020. And if we bring every home in the UK up to the proper energy-saving standards, this could create 137,000 jobs.

“Both the Green Party and the Sustainable Development Commission wanted £30 billion of investment in green jobs in this Budget(2). The Green Party also wanted the state pension increased to £165 as the present level is a major social injustice(3).” ends

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, on 01732 355185, 0845 257 4236 or mobile: 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Steve Dawe is Press Officer for Kent Green Party and is a European Candidate for the South East Region.

Notes:
1. URL: http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/22-04-2009-clean-coal-budget.html
2. Ahead of last November's Budget, the Greens presented a costed £30bn
plan for investment in the new green economy, and estimated that this
would create half a million jobs at a conservative estimate. Now the Sustainable Development Commission has done the same: http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications/downloads/SND_booklet_w.pdf.
3. SEE: Kent Green Party press release on this of 12th April 2009 at www.kentgreenparty.org under press releases.

Published and promoted by H.Dawe on behalf KENT GREEN PARTY all AT 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF

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