The government's decision to raise carbon cutting targets is a "significant step forward", energy comparison customers might agree.
Phil Thornhill, spokesman for the Campaign against Climate Change, noted that the announcement to cut 50 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions on 1990 levels by 2025 might owe a lot to lobby groups putting forward the case for green energy.
However, he pointed out that the caveat which allows the government to revise targets in line with other European countries "looks very much like a get-out clause".
"The nature of the problem is such that if we don't influence other people around the world there's no point, in a sense. In order to have an influence you have to be very bold and stick your neck out," he insisted.
"It probably is true that the best way that we can influence India and China is by leading by example, ultimately."
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