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Reaction to EAC report on green fiscal policy

16 March 2009
In response to today’s Environmental Audit Committee report [1], Richard George, the group’s roads and climate campaigner, said:

“As we said in our evidence to the committee, the Government’s programme of investment has missed the mark spectacularly. When belts are tightened people drive less, so why are they pouring money into polluting road schemes that don’t provide the long-term job security everyone is crying out for? Meanwhile bus services are getting cut and our walk-on rail fares are the highest in Europe. The Government needs to scrap costly road schemes and invest the money in public transport, to provide secure jobs, reduce CO2 emissions and save passengers money.”

Notes

The Environmental Audit Committee's Third Report of Session 2008-09 is published on 16 March 2009: Pre Budget Report 2008: Green fiscal policy in a recession (768 K pdf).