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Climate campaigners have launched a formal legal challenge against the government’s green recovery plans, claiming they are inadequate and “clearly unlawful” in light of the UK’s obligations to reduce emissions. Plan B, the pressure group that successfully challenged the UK government over its plans to expand Heathrow, sent a “pre-action” letter to the prime minister and the chancellor on Tuesday, saying the government was missing an historic opportunity to avoid catastrophe. Tim Crosland, the director of Plan B, said: “ The government can either follow the scientific and economic advice and take a decisive step towards a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable economy, creating vast number of new jobs – or it can ignore that advice by prioritising its corporate sponsors and locking us into the path to climate breakdown and a future that is grim beyond words. “It seems that Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are set on choosing the second option, but we can’t let that happen.” The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, set out £3bn of “green spending ” this month, focusing on improving energy efficiency in homes and public buildings. The plan was widely criticised by green groups . Plan B points out the sum was dwarfed […]

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