UK, Home of the Industrial Revolution, to Limit Climate Pollutants

UK to limit climate pollutantsThe UK is poised to pass a Climate Change Bill [search] that has been described as “radical” [ark], making it the first country to enact legally binding national targets for reducing the emissions [search] which lead to climate change. Yesterday it passed the British Commons. The legislation includes first of its kind demanding targets for emission reduction (including by aviation [ark]) of 80% by 2050. Further, the bill would require the government to publish carbon budgets every five years and to set up carbon trading schemes. Yet as we know, governments and particularly the UK have had much more luck setting targets than actually achieving them — as China is correct that reducing greenhouse gases is quite difficult [ark].
For a moment lets forgive the fact that 2050 is much too long of time window, and commitments of these sorts need to be global to really matter. Now let's cherish the occasion of the nation and peoples that unleashed the industrial revolution upon the Earth taking responsibility for the industrial pollutants they pioneered and which are destroying the Earth.

The UK government comes to the game late as even reactionary WWF, in their report of the day, highlights we are using 30% more resources than the Earth can provide and that such reckless consumption must be dramatically reduced [ark]. Yet in typical bureaucratic fashion, on the same day another arm of WWF was trying to increase demand for African rainforest timbers [ark]. Both developments illustrate yet again the fact that mainstream environmentalists and reformist governments are more of an obstacle than catalyst to policies of the type and scale — such as ending coal, stopping old growth forest logging, reducing population, heavily taxing greenhouse gases and ecologically restoring native habitats — necessary to save the Earth from climate change and other global ecological crises.

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4 Responses

  1. Kris says:

    That's really great. Governments are taking action.

  2. A tax on filthy lucre for the sake of preserving Earth and its environs….
    For a moment, imagine a situation in which unbridled greed is extolled as a virtue. Imagine circumstances in which pathological gambling activities, the conscious promulgation of fraudulent financial instruments and the consensual validation of patently unsustainable business practices have been surreptitiously insinuated into the global economy. Do you think it would make sense to place a tax on individuals and corporations holding obscene amounts {ie, more than one million dollars for individuals and one-hundred million dollars for corporations} of toxic, ill-gotten gains?
    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001

  3. Jon Daversa says:

    Awesome! The public needs to be diligent in making sure they stick to it and accomplish these goals. Finishing ahead of schedule never hurts too!

  4. Brian Baker says:

    Setting these targets is very laudable but the fact of the matter is that, as mentioned, 2050 is a long way off and any failure to meet them will be laid at the feet of previous governments and politicians will do what they do best, cover their own backside and look after number one.
    The people have to be behind this as a way of life, a new attitude has to be adopted and this cannot be enforced via taxation. As the saying goes one volunteer is worth ten pressed men. Governments can help by offering more carrot and less stick in order to change our way of living.
    These days most people are struggling to pay rising fuel bills and other living costs so extra green taxes will not encourage them to be greener. Governments change regularly but attitudes, whilst easily influenced, can change on a more permanent basis.

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