Letters sent in to newspapers are increasingly becoming a part of this General Election campaign. So far they have been focussed on the economy, but on April 25th, this trend was bucked with a letter titled: ‘Why we want Lib Dems to play a part in the next government’, signed by 20 figures from the renewable energy industry.
The letter emphasises the actions that the Liberal Democrats have taken in government to support the growing renewables industry, arguing that it is because of them that this has been ‘the greenest government ever.’ Examples given in the letter include the investment of £37 billion in renewable energy, which has supported 460,000 jobs as of 2013. In particular, the actions of Secretary of State for Climate Change and Energy Ed Davey are identified as significant; his efforts on the international stage, such as the 2030 deal that set pan-EU greenhouse gas reduction targets and his establishment of the EU Green Growth Group, are highlighted.
Further ‘green’ Liberal Democrat policies are also mentioned, including the planting of over a million trees, establishing 27 Marine Conservation Zones up and down the English coastline, cleaning up over 9,700 miles of rivers and 410 square miles of lakes and estuaries, and introducing a 5p charge on plastic bags from large firms.
The main point of the letter is that, based on their record in government, and the importance given to environmental issues in the 2015 Lib Dem manifesto, the renewables industry would welcome another coalition in which the Lib Dems are partners. Of course, the question remains whether or not the Liberal Democrats can maintain a strong enough presence in Parliament to offer a viable coalition with either Labour or the Conservatives.
The letter concludes, saying that:
“With the polls showing that another hung Parliament is likely, we hope – for the sake of the battle against climate change and for our environment – that any Coalition will include the Liberal Democrats.”
Click here for a more detailed look at the five Green Laws the Liberal Democrats include on their manifesto’s front page.