That is what The Grauniad said over the weekend.
Cabinet ministers have agreed a far-reaching, legally binding “green deal” that will commit the UK to two decades of drastic cuts in carbon emissions. The package will require sweeping changes to domestic life, transport and business and will place Britain at the forefront of the global battle against climate change.
We all know what happens to people in the forefront of battle: they get shot dead. My initial reaction is: this is a very bad idea. The cabinet apparently wills the ends, and realises it will have major consequences, but it doesn’t appear to have willed any means. Anything that really does “require sweeping changes to domestic life” is going to encounter lots of opposition, which is going to see lots of politicians running away from the heat.
Timmy isn’t very impressed either, and points to the more up-to-date Chris Huhne pledges to halve UK carbon emissions by 2025. And it really is true, cos he said it to parliament:
The Climate Change Act 2008 sets a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050… The first three carbon budgets were set in 2009, following advice from the independent Committee on Climate Change. The Fourth Carbon Budget – the limit on emissions for the five year period from 2023 to 2027 – has to be set in law by the end of June 2011. As advised by the Committee on Climate Change, the level we propose setting in law would mean that net emissions over the Fourth Carbon Budget period should not exceed 1950 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. – a 50% reduction from 1990 levels… we will publish a report setting out the policies and proposals required in the medium-long term to meet the budget…
How do they propose to achieve this? Things are left artfully vague:
the Committee on Climate Change advised that we should aim to meet the Budget through emissions reductions in the UK rather than relying on carbon trading, such as under the EU Emissions Trading System or the purchase of international credits from projects abroad. We will aim to reduce emissions domestically as far as is practical and affordable. But we also intend to keep our carbon trading options open
But there are some very bad signs:
we need to ensure that energy intensive industries remain competitive… we will be announcing a package of measures for energy intensive businesses… take steps to reduce the impact of government policy on the cost of electricity for these businesses…
Its all hopeless, really. They are idiots. The solution is a carbon tax. But that would be too simple for their dear little minds and leave them with nothing to do and no policies to fiddle. So they need to introduce bizarre complex and stupid structures in order to give themselves something to play with.
Perhaps the easiest way to notch up carbon credits would be for us to build nuclear power plants in China.