Sunday, 30 June 2013

An eventful week

I has been quite an eventful week in the news.  President Obama has laid out his climate strategy and in the UK we have had the latest spending review.  There have been some major positives, but also some distinct negatives. 
On the positive side, the Obama Administration's engagement with climate change is a very good thing, but the 17% emissions cut is really not enough.  The advocacy both in the UK and the US for fracking seems to me to be misguided in terms of climate change and more concerned with energy security and "keeping the lights on".  I think the news from OFGEM , that spare energy generation capacity could fall, in the UK, to 2% by 2015 has played a key part in focusing the UK government's minds, along with the vastly increased estimation of UK shale gas reserves from the British Geological Survey. 

This dash for gas, which is after all another fossil fuel seems to me to be heading in exactly the wrong direction in terms of climate change and I am personally not a fan of nuclear energy
On the positive side, the investment in infrastructure and adaptation seems to me to be a good thing.  The recognition of the need for flood defence as climate change bites is an important step and the increased funding can only help. 

 Angela Merkel and David Cameron's quashing of EU emission targets for new vehicles  seems to me to highlight the real plutocracy which governs us. 

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