The revelation in the Guardian, that at the highest levels, the UK government has been actively working with the Conservative government of Canada and the oil companies BP and Shell to oppose the proposed penalty for "highly polluting" fuels such as oil from the Alberta Tar Sands in the forthcoming EU Fuels Quality Directive should really come as no surprise. It really is the nail in the coffiin for the green credentials of "the greenest government ever", as 350 activist and founder Bill McKibben has said it is "idiotic" . Let us hope that there is similar outrage as there was in the US against the Keystone XL pipeline.
With the tar sands only about 3% burned and with only five years to transition we cannot allow our representatives to commit these acts in our name.
As the COP 17 climate talks in Durban begin our "leadership" is shown to be a corrupt facade.
With the the experience of Copenhagen and Cancun behind us, I would not expect anything meaningful to come out of Durban.
It comes down to us, and we do not have much time...