Churches unite to call for greener electricity sector
The Tank didn't get an invite to the Conservative party conference last week, so we were forced to catch the highlights on our wind-up telly.
Still, despite this wholly admirable attitude, it seems not everyone is as impressed with the Conservatives as they are with themselves - especially on the energy front.
So having faced down revolting doctors and teachers, insulted policemen and royally ticked off the Lib Dems, the party now faces its biggest challenge: taking on God.
OK, not God himself (or herself! - equalities Ed), but the Methodist Church, Baptist Union, United Reformed Church, and Quakers of Britain, who together represent around half a million of the country's Christians.
The groups have jointly issued a statement calling on the government to target producing 60 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030, adopt a commitment to decarbonise the electricity sector in the Energy Bill, rapidly phase out gas and coal, and incentivise measures to reduce energy demand - all of which will likely require divine intervention is George Osborne is to agree to it.
"Our faiths lead us to work for a fair and healthy UK economy that operates within the limits of our earth and climate," the groups say. "Creating a decarbonised power sector by 2030 is central to achieving this.
"We call on the Government for an Energy Bill that shows ambition in tackling climate change and delivering a sustainable energy economy."
Strong stuff - and you have to hope that when it comes to decision time on the content of the Energy Bill David Cameron will weigh the arguments on counter-party guarantees, flexible decarbonisation targets, contracts for difference, and capacity mechanisms, and simply ask himself, what would Jesus do?
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