As the election campaign approaches its final week the battle for environmentally minded voters is continuing to heat up. The Greens yesterday sought to underscore the scale of their environmental spending plans, announcing the party would invest £12bn a year in renewables as part of its £100bn a year Green New Deal. Unveiling the move yesterday, the Party said its fully-costed plans would see £8.4bn a year spent on developing 40,000 new wind turbines by 2030, ensuring the UK sources 70 per cent of its power from on and offshore wind farms. Alongside additional support for solar, geothermal, tidal and hydro technologies, the programme is designed to create 75,000 new jobs and put the UK on track to meet the Party’s target of net zero emissions by 2030.
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It would be easy to miss from this side of the pond, but there’s a parliamentary election coming up in the United Kingdom on December 12. Last week, the BBC held a seven-way debate, pitting senior representatives from the major parties against one another. The debate moderator posed a seemingly straightforward question about nuclear policy, asking, “If our country was under nuclear attack, would you (or the leader of your party) use our nuclear weapons to defend our country?” Four participants said yes—but three said no. Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, gave the most noteworthy answer. Her response was: “No. Absolutely and emphatically not, because it would lead to the deaths of possibly tens of millions of people and wipe out swaths of our civilization. So no, under no circumstances would I use nuclear weapons.” For an American, to hear this coming out of a politician’s mouth might be a bit shocking. Why?
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