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The Liberal Democrats new green taxation plans launched today (18 May) have been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.
The green taxation paper, `The Green Switch', includes a pledge to raise Vehicle Excise Duty on the most polluting new cars to £2,000 and plans to restructure the Climate Change Levy as a tax on carbon across the economy, so that the true cost of our impact on the environment is reflected in the prices we pay.
Friends of the Earths Economic Advisor, Tim Jenkins said:
"Greening the Budget is crucial if the UK is to reap the economic benefits of responding early and decisively to climate change. After an encouraging start Gordon Brown has gone cold on the green tax agenda. The Liberal Democrats appear to have more fully grasped the potential benefits of green taxation for the economy and the environment."