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The Green New Deal has a significant new advocate in UK politics: Lord Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency. Speaking at the Agency’s annual conference yesterday, Lord Smith called for “swift and bold” measures to tackle the climate and energy crises with as much urgency as the government has responded to the financial crisis.

“I believe if there’s to be another New Deal, it has to be a green New Deal,” he said. “We need a Green New Deal to meet our carbon emissions targets and create jobs in renewable energy and green technology.”

Watch his full speech:


Oddly, Lord Smith attributes the idea of a Green New Deal to Barack Obama of all people. So remember where you heard it first!