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Dundee LibDems welcome support for Green Taxes

August 8, 2006 7:00 AM

Dundee City Council's LibDem Vice Convener of Environmental Services & Sustainability, Cllr Helen Dick today (Tuesday 8th August) welcomed news that the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has said taxes on air travel and "gas guzzling" cars should be raised to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

A new report criticises the Department of Transport for adopting a "fatalistic" attitude towards cutting emissions caused by increased travel and said transport is the only sector of the UK economy where carbon emissions have risen consistently since 1990.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary, Chris Huhne MP said, "This is welcome backing for the use of green taxes in a way that changes our behaviour without raising overall taxation."

Cllr Helen Dick added, "We have absolutely got to grasp the nettle of Green Taxes. The voice of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is a welcome addition to the debate."

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