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In the papers - Monday, 26 November 2007

Gordon Brown will today tell business he will slash Britain's culture of lengthy planning inquiries to speed up construction of key infrastructure projects such as a new Heathrow runway and perhaps new nuclear power stations...

... In a speech to the CBI's annual conference the prime minister will reveal that legislation will be unveiled tomorrow to streamline Britain's notoriously cumbersome planning system, in an attempt to mirror France's success in quickly delivering big infrastructure projects - The Financial Times

Senior business leaders have called for new taxes and regulations to tackle climate change, pledging their support for radical measures to stimulate the development of a low-carbon economy. In a report published today the CBI climate change taskforce says the government’s goal of a 60 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 is challenging but can be achieved at a manageable cost - The Financial Times

Gordon Brown will call for an acceleration of nuclear power today in a speech to business leaders designed to show he is focused on the long term and will not buckle in the face of negative deadlines. During his annual address to the Confederation of British Industry, the prime minister will also give his personal endorsement of the third runway project at Heathrow. – The Guardian

Green campaigners welcomed a report from the Confederation of British Industry on what British firms can do to fight global warming, but said there were contradictions between what the report says and the actions of CBI member companies. A taskforce of company chief executives pledges in the report that UK industry will do "what it takes" to tackle climate change and help Britain achieve cuts in carbon dioxide pollution of 60% by 2050. – The Guardian

The CBI is set to use the opening of its annual conference in London today to call for urgent action by businesses, consumers, and government on climate change as the employers’ body tries to reposition itself on the issue. Once reluctant for business to take the burden of combating climate change, the CBI will give warning that the Government is likely to miss its target of cutting carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, but could meet a later 2050 target – The Times

A quadrupling of development costs at one of BHP Billiton’s most important mines is threatening to undermine the credibility of its management on the day that Rio Tinto, its bid target, is scheduled to begin its defence – The Times

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