The idea that politicians can produce a legacy by committing to cut green house emissions at the end of their tenure or greenwash their image by associating with superficial media attention grabbing events is a dangerous distraction to the current climate crisis.
If world leaders are serious about climate change and truly accept the overwhelming science then the subject should be at the forefront of the politicians manifesto, policy and action. If they do not accept the science they should state this clearly and challenge the science with a reasoned argument backed up by evidence from reliable sources to counter the current view held by scientists worldwide. Otherwise the politicians can only be found guilty of ecocide by later generations and should be held accountable for the damage they are causing now and for the planets future.
Imagine a world where you can’t take a walk in the countryside or local park without a risk of being infected by a debilitating life long condition. The disruption and inconvenience of strikes and demonstrations will be nothing compared with the future and current effects of climate change.
Hitachi scraps plans for its new £20 billion pound nuclear power plant in Wales.
Business secretary Greg Clark said the government had offered the company a “generous and significant” package of support. ( Taxpayers money ). That included providing a debt facility for the project, taking a one third stake and a guaranteed price of power of up to £75 per megawatt hour for 35 years. The wholesale price is currently £50 per MWh. (Projected windfarms price for the 2020’s is £57.50 and falling.)
Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace UK, said: ‘Hitachi’s confirmation that no solution has been found for its UK nuclear programme tells you all you need to know about the economics of nuclear power.
‘In the meantime renewable energy costs, especially offshore wind and solar, have plunged dramatically, while new smart technologies including storage have arrived on the scene.
‘A clever move now would be for the Government to accept that the nuclear bet didn’t pay off, stop holding back renewables and have an urgent rethink about the future of UK energy.’