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In the papers Friday 14 September

London's Crossrail scheme is set to be approved after an 18 year wait, but an upgrade of the Tube network may be sacrificed to pay for it...

The Government is preparing to announce that it will fund a third of the £16bn cost of the scheme, with passengers and businesses contributing the other two thirds - The Times

David Cameron has moved to head off a backlash by voters against the Conservative Party's plans to fight the next election on a pledge to impose a raft of green taxes. The Tory leader welcomed his policy review group's 547-page report published yesterday on the quality of life, saying "much" of it would feature in the Tory election manifesto - The Independent

Town Halls will be driven to raise council tax bills more sharply if the refuse to build thousands of homes on green fields, it was claimed last night. opponents accused the Government of blackmailing councils by dangling a £500M reward in front of those who help solve the growing house crisis - Daily Mail

The solar power industry could gain a significant boost as Asian and European companies invest to quadruple worldwide production of polysilicon, a key material for making solar cells. Analysts at UBS say China is on course to raise its output of polysilicon to 25 per cent of world production in 2010, from 1.6 per cent last year - Financial Times

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