Registered On: January 3, 2014
There are two issues brought up by Bucks’s post.
Let’s take his last sentence first. The continued denialist stance that does him no favours. If he can’t accept that 1.2 billion road vehicles aren’t contributing to climate change, or that mass deforestation isn’t having any effect then he really is climbing into bed with the conspiracy theory nut-jobs.
However, to his credit he does raise some issues that are worthy of discussion, namely the cost of tackling the problem once passed on to the man in the street. Undoubtedly this will be a problem both in cost and practicality and perhaps this is what we should be concentrating on rather than arguing what percentage on climate change is natural and what is man made.
And why is tackling climate change going to be such a problem? Because governments have been dithering for decades. You can’t just announce a 10/15 year timescale to save the planet, it should have been in place years ago.
We know that even the smallest rise in temperature can cause severe weather but we are in this country still building on the flood plains of rivers (I witnessed it last week). We are still altering our natural landscapes in order to bring in revenue from grouse shooting and caravan parks.
Boris Johnson doesn’t care about Climate Change or Global Warming. He takes a photo opportunity, makes a hollow promise then sods off!
He won’t have to make any sacrifices or shell out extra costs, that burden will fall upon those who can least afford it. The ones who globally are affected the most.
Electric cars have no emissions, fine, but they’re still made from steel, plastic and rubber. Plenty of adverts for electric cars on tv, not so many for sustainable or public transport.
I do question whether the government’s actions are serious measures to combat climate change or merely short term appeasement packages.