The trouble is, people like Gordon Brown have twigged that the "environment" is the next great Excuse to Tax and so will love it...
The Great Green Con is so loved by politicians of all sides simply becuase it gives them more reason to :
Tax - saying it helps the environment, who could possible be against that...
Do less - less rubbish collections, etc
Control more - vehicle charging will also have the added benefit of being able to tell anyone where every car is in the UK at any time - think of the benefits of self-invoicing speeding fines, etc
Talk more - more excuses to fly around the world to "summits" whilst doing bugger all
If they were serious, there are a few simple things that could be done overnight and without cost to the taxpayer -
All new houses to have solar panels, rainwater recycling, and natural wool insulation (plus the benefit of restoring sheep farmers to decent income levels)
Double the tax on fuel companies' profits made from selling petrol / diesel (but not allow them to pass this to the consumer) but half company tax on sales of biofuels, and no tax at all on new oil-less engine fuels
Generate fuel from waste incineration
But of course, this is sensible and would work, so it won't happen
And Codders - know this place well, it's a lunatic idea - wind farms only ever really work at sea or on flat land, ask the Dutch (wind in mountains is too variable in strength and direction).