Boris has released his climate change plan and the reaction to it has been interesting.
The Greens have immediately gone to their default setting of saying that the plans are not hair shirt enough. There are also some rather critical reactions from some on the Conservative side of the fence, they seem to feel that Boris has sold out and run off to join the hemp wearing, lentil eating, hippy, tree huggers.
I've had a quick peak through the plan and it seems sensible. The focus is on making the best use of natural resources, cutting wastefulness and preparing for a changing climate (man made or otherwise). Boris has been critical of some of the more hysterical environmental comments, as have I. That is not the same as disregarding everything to do with the environment.
I have long thought that we have been obsessed with only a narrow band of environmental issues. With regard to renewable energy we only hear about carbon emissions, almost never about fuel security. You don't need to be a fully paid up member of the Gaia movement to worry about how much we throw away.
We can make some big improvements without having to crucify ourselves, once we make those improvements we can look at the next step.
Newslinks for Saturday 25th May 2013
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