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July 12, 2013

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Why has The Guardian done nothing to protect Edward Snowden?

When Edward Snowden blew the whistle on Government spying by the US on its own citizens, he did the world a favour. But the newspaper he chose as the conduit for his revelations did its source no favours. It is now clear that Snowden should have gone straight to Ecuador or Venezuela or even Cuba.

But the Guardian was content to see him onto a plane from Hawaii to Hong Kong, knowing full well that the Chinese government were unlikely to harbour a enemy of the United States at this delicate juncture in the relationship between the two superpowers.

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Off-gridders to get government subsidy

UK householders could get hundreds of pounds a year for heating their homes from renewable technologies, the Government said today.

The payments under the renewable heat incentive are designed to drive forward the uptake of the clean technologies for heating rooms and water, particularly in off-grid houses which often rely on  wood fires and polluting oil boilers.

Levels of subsidies have been unveiled for homes which install solar thermal panels, biomass boilers which burn wood or plant material instead of gas or oil, and heat pumps which generate heat from the outside air or ground.

The Government hopes the technologies will help cut carbon emissions from homes and save money on bills. More than two-fifths of UK greenhouse gases come from powering and heating buildings.

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