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 Commenting on Liberal Democrat backing for nuclear power at its annual conference today, Friends of the Earth’s Policy and Campaigns Director Craig Bennett said:

"Backing for nuclear power punches a huge hole in the Liberal Democrats fast-sinking green credibility.

"Nuclear power comes with massive costs attached. Ed Davey is deluded if he thinks new reactors can go ahead without public subsidy - building them will result in the Liberal Democrats, yet again, breaking their promises.

"Championing a plastic bag charge is a drop in the ocean. With its support for new reactors and gas-fired power stations and refusal to back power sector decarbonisation the Liberal Democrats are fast becoming Tory-lite when it comes to the environment."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Lib Dems must stand up for the environment, writes Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director in Lib Dem Voice:

2. A report published on Friday (13 September) by seven leading charities, including Friends of the Earth, assessing the environmental performance of the four main parties since the general election, concluded that the Liberal Democrats “have failed to make the environment central to their governing project” and “they are subsequently losing their identity as a ‘green party’.” 


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