From Newsnight: (15:10 in)
"Surely stiff taxes like [the Fuel Duty escalator] are a way to make this country more green ?"
Robert Halfon MP (Cons)
"Of course I support green and I support recycling and so on and so forth: but I mostly support hard-working people, who at the moment are suffering massively because of the price of petrol, and I care more about that at the moment – it has to be the priority, getting petrol prices down – than worry about the green side of things. Because people are suffering."
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And there you have it: GDP beats GHG - every time.