The current Conservative government is now considering plans that are even more extensive: reducing the UK’s CO2 emissions to zero by 2050.
It’s cute but utterly irrelevant. Who cares what tiny little UK does when China is industrializing and India and Africa are preparing to industrialize. The main challenge for environmentally concerned is how to convince the Chinese, the Indians and the Africans not to want the same standard of living and the same level of consumption as the West.
You can’t solve a problem that you don’t name. And the issue surrounded by the greatest amount of hypocrisy is climate change. I don’t like what anybody has to say on climate because it’s all dishonest and skirting around the issue. The real problem is that the planet can’t afford to let everybody living on it to industrialize like the West did and reach the same levels of consumption. It doesn’t sound cute, so nobody wants to say it but that’s precisely what it is.