Said the headline in this mornings Grauniad. And by the evening it had become Labour fails on climate change on the Grauniad blog; though the spin was Beckett unveils new measures to cut CO2 or Climate change programme unveiled. And similar from the BBC.
How to read this? Labour clung stubbornly to its 20% target through 3 general elections; only now its become quite implausible have they retreated, a bit, to a 15-18% cut (note that this would still satisfy our Kyoto obligations). I’d be somewhat surprised if they make that, unless fuel prices keep going up. Speaking of which, one of those links above contains The minister blamed higher than anticipated levels of economic growth and the recent rises in global energy prices for increased emissions that had “made the target more challenging”. Err? Recent rises in fuel prices are blamed for increased emissions? Shurely shome mishtake.
Of course, on the politics-type side, there is still a commitment from the UK govt to take this stuff seriously and to do their best (without, errm, taking any really hard decisions). This is still vastly better than the Bush line.