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Environment, Energy and

Environment, Energy and Climate Change Our Energy policy is unique in that it stems from pragmatism: With current limitations and cost being considered central. This is certainly not the case with other Westminster parties, who place fantasy targets and wishful thinking before common sense. The Libertarian Party will take immediate action to support heavy industry, businesses and households by lowering the cost of energy and encouraging investment into the energy sector. We will also support the British farmer and agriculture. Most importantly, we will never allow the energy sector to fall back into state hands. This would be another embarrassing waste of money whilst benefiting no-one. A competitive energy market is the only way to deliver lower costs to the consumer. We will legalise shale gas extraction where the risk to human health and the environment is negligible. A regulated shale gas industry has the potential to create thousands of jobs, decrease Britain’s reliance on imported gas and lower energy costs. We will not allow fracking to take place in National Parks or areas where the impact to humans is unacceptable. Pursue a less subsidy based energy sector whilst improving competition, allowing the market to reduce energy bills and innovate with little government intervention. Any subsidy should be considered an addition to energy bills. Oppose measures to rush a ban of gas-burning power turbines, as peddled by every other party. Highly efficient gas is both low-emitting and low-cost. It would be foolish to discourage investment. Instead, the Libertarian Party would like to see a 40:40:20 energy mix by 2050. 40% renewables, 40% gas and 20% nuclear or from micro-generation. This would best serve consumers by reducing costs whilst being low emitting. We will, however, continue to support a phasing out of coal and oil. Support the development of offshore wind turbines. This has the best potential for large scale renewable generation and has proved to support port industry in chronic decline. This is especially true in the highlands and islands of Scotland as well as settlements on the east coast of England. Carbon capture has the potential to vastly reduce the cost of decarbonisation. We aim to propel Britain as a global centre of this technology by launching a £40 million fund to promote the use and development of carbon capture technology. Commission a comprehensive study into the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on pollinating insects. The British honeybee is struggling now more than ever. Not only is there a strong conservation argument, but there is an overwhelming economic argument. We will support the beekeeper by investigating and mitigating the root causes of colony loss. Genetically modified crops and organisms have a great potential to increase agricultural yield; PAGE 31

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