UK pledges 80% emissions cut

The British government will commit to cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% by 2050, replacing the earlier target of 60%, newly installed energy and climate minister Ed Miliband said.


Business lobby groups argue that cutting carbon emissions will add to fuel bills, but Miliband said the costs of not fighting climate change were greater, and he would detail next year how the UK would embark on meeting the goal.


"In tough economic times, some people will ask whether we should retreat from our climate change objectives," Miliband said. "In our view, it would be quite wrong to row (pull) back."


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