Over the past couple of decades successive governments have made plenty of noise about Britain’s falling CO2 emissions. But while such claims are technically true, they overlook a key component of the country’s actual carbon footprint – those emissions generated in the production of the goods and services we import.
The coldest spring in half a century has made energy bills the hottest topic of the season. But the heat has shifted in recent days, from rising gas prices in the face of supply shortages, to the cost of green and energy saving measures such as wind power and loft insulation.
She may be better known for taking on the unions and transforming Britain through her dogged promotion of the free market – but it seems Margaret Thatcher was also something of an eco-warrior.
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