George Osborne"s autumn statement: A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 09:53 GMT, 5 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas.

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens

A beacon of realism in a sea of greens | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 4 December 2012 In an ideal world, no Chancellor in his right mind would propose a ‘dash for gas’ as the answer to Britain’s energy needs. As green activists are quick to point out, unrenewable gas is far from the cleanest of fuels – and the new power stations planned by George Osborne will end any hope of meeting legally-binding targets on carbon emissions. They will also leave us at the mercy of fluctuating global prices and the often volatile regimes that supply our gas