When the freshly-minted UK coalition government boasted it would be the “greenest government ever,” it sounded like a bad joke. How could the Tories possibly pull off such a feat? The Liberal Democrats had a good manifesto and a track record of support for green policy, but the Tories? Their constituency has arguably never embraced green thinking, so why should they change now? A reasonable question. Surely it’s a horribly cynical ruse to persuade more voters in their direction, many said. A few bike rides to work and a failed rooftop turbine from David Cameron does not a green government make. The fact that a huge car used to follow him with his shoes and briefcase did little to burnish his credentials.