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07 Mar 2011 12:03:07

Case for low carbon energy 'made stronger by Middle East crisis'

Case for low carbon energy 'made stronger by Middle East crisis'
The rise in oil prices brought on by the crisis in the Middle East has increased the urgency for the UK to explore alternative energy sources, Chris Huhne has claimed.

Speaking to the Observer, the energy and climate change secretary announced proposals for a national carbon plan aimed at reducing dependency on oil.

"We cannot afford to go on relying on such a volatile source of energy when we can have clean, green and secure energy from low carbon sources," he told the news provider.

Prime minister David Cameron, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and Mr Huhne will launch the plan, which will engage all Whitehall departments, as well as non-governmental organisations like Greenpeace.

This week sees the release of draft proposals, before a final version is published next year.

Mr Huhne said the plan was "about ensuring that the whole of government is engaged in a joined-up effort to lead us into a low-carbon world".

In a recent keynote speech to the CentreForum in London, the minister said when oil reaches more than $100 (£61.40) a gallon, the economics of green energy are 'transformed' making it more financially appealing.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800445866-ADNFCR

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