Ed Davey in the fight to protect logical green investment

With so much to gain and so little to lose from committed sustainable investment it appears ludicrous that our govt would even consider suggesting yet another hint at destabilising confidence in this sector and such a critical issue as addressing climate change and positive long term energy supply.

Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat energy secretary, has promised to "fight like a tiger" against Conservative attempts to cut green levies on gas and electric bills.

The senior coalition minister said he would not let the Tories touch subsidies for renewable energy or the fuel poor, describing it as a "red line", and pledged to beat the target of getting 30 per cent of Britain's electricity from green sources by 2020.

"I am not going to give up on renewable energy, they are not going to touch it, and I am not going to betray the fuel poor. That's for me is a complete red line. I feel passionate about that," he said.

"The green taxes we have been pushing as Liberal Democrats in this government have been extraordinarily successful and point to an extremely green, clean energy future. They're not being touched and they won't be touched. It's incredibly important for investors that they hear that."

Davey also accused the Conservatives of trying in the past to get rid of schemes to help the poor and vulnerable to cut their energy bills and claimed to have been successful at blocking these efforts.

"Let's be clear how hard we've fought for this," he said. "We fought hard for green taxes and won. The Tories wanted to get rid of fuel poverty targets. I stopped them. We'd be completely daft to get rid of those because what you'd be doing is solving the energy bill crisis on the backs of the poorest. No, absolutely not, won't agree to it, forget it.

"If that can be funded in a more generous way, then hey I'm all ears. If I can do more for the fuel poor, I'm all ears."

His comments were backed by Nick Clegg, who said he would never support the idea of removing all levies on fuel bills.

Clegg told BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show: "It's certainly not an idea which this coalition government is going to put forward, and I'll tell you why.

"If you were to remove all the levies, you'd be removing support for two million of the lowest incomes. You'd be removing support for thousands of people who work in our green renewable energy sector. You'd be removing all support for insulating people's homes so they can keep their bills down. You'd be removing any support for protecting our environment."
 
Thank you Ed and Nick - Over 80% of the voting public are on your side, keep at it !!