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Osborne's green tax warning

The Chancellor George Osborne is to warn the environmental lobby that Britain should not be “in front of the rest of the world” in tackling climate change.

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Osborne hits back over Labour's carbon plan

The Chancellor George Osborne has attacked plans backed by Labour to eliminate carbon from the power sector by 2030.

He argued that for an aluminium smelter to leave the UK and go to another country would not make much difference to climate change.

But it would make a "huge difference" to those who lost their jobs as a result, he said.

Energy companies claim that green taxes are to blame for around 10% of the average household's energy bill.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon is understood to be looking at ways to reduce the impact of environmental measures have on household energy bills, The Times reported.

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