CCC advises PM to raise carbon prices in post-lockdown response

The government’s climate change watchdog has urged Boris Johnson to exploit the recent plunge in the price of oil by introducing a long-term hike in carbon taxes. The Committee on Climate Change said the current situation provides “an opportunity to offset changes in relative prices without hurting consumers”. It has also called for plans for a “large scale” national low-carbon infrastructure programme to be accelerated and for the UK’s energy networks to be “significantly strengthened”.

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