Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Britain makes the move?

I still can't believe I just read this.

Four senior ministers will, this morning, make one of the most embarrassing admissions of the Labour Government's nine years in office - that the official policy for fighting climate change has failed.

Yet, as they do so, a group of MPs will offer a different way forward in the struggle to combat global warming, one which they think is the only alternative. It will mean turning established principles of British economic life upside down. It will mean sacrifices from everyone. Therefore, they say, it will have to be taken out of politics.

In The Independent today, their leader, Colin Challen, the chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, sets out the case for abandoning the "business as usual" pursuit of economic growth, which has been the basis of Western economic policy for two hundred years. Instead, he says, we must concentrate our efforts on putting a limit on the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power stations and motor vehicles that are causing the atmosphere to warm.

To do this, Mr Challen and his colleagues believe, carbon will have to be rationed, for companies, individuals and, eventually, for countries. And only a full cross-party consensus would allow such a departure to be implemented without being destroyed by the political process...

"No amount of economic growth is going to pay for the cost of the damage caused by a new and unstable climate," he said...

Mr Challen says the approach needs to be based on "actuality" ­ just how much carbon can we afford to emit before climate change brings us disaster? But such moves would require sacrifice on the part of individuals, so a cross-party consensus is essential to obviate the pursuit of short-term political advantage.

The beginnings of such a consensus have been outlined, with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and minority parties now willing to work together.

But Mr Challen and his colleagues are looking for something more fundamental that would take in the radical new way forward. "We have to create the political space to address it," he said.

If you want to give your input, head on over to The Independent.
Today, the group announces a climate change inquiry, inviting evidence from any interested parties, and readers of The Independent are invited to join in the debate. We will forward your responses to the committee.
See also this article on the UK's inability to meet carbon emissions cuts.


MT said...

Wow. Clearly it's the UK that has it's feet on the ground and we who are living on another planet. Hey, I've got an idea for them: They can take some of their hot carbon and stick it up George Bush's butt hole.

MT said...


Anonymous said...

Murky, you were right the first time.

I also understand that the British government (or a commission) has turned down the idea of building more nuclear power plants...need to google some more...


MT said...


Yes, the first is right, but the second's wrong.