John Key attacking our reinstatement of agriculture in the ETS to fund R +D is predictable enough for a former? climate change doubter.
But contrast him saying agriculture can only come in when others bring it in with his good friend, British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
Last week, the Conservative government unveiled the UK’s fourth carbon budget, announcing it wanted to be the “greenest government ever” http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn11_41/pn11_41.aspx , positioning the UK as a leading player in the global low-carbon economy, creating significant new industries and jobs.
The UK is now on course to cut emissions to 50 percent of 1990 levels by 2027 (the National Government’s target is 20 percent by 2020.) And it vows to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050 (National’s target 50% by 2050.)
This from an economy once built on coal and heavily reliant on North Sea oil. The point is that the Brits are committing to make changes to the difficult to tackle sectors of its economy and focussing on a low carbon economy and high-tech future.
David Cameron is effectively making a mockery of John Key’s promise of the National Government being “fast followers” in responding to climate change. The Conservatives in the UK have laid out an actual plan on how they hope to transition to a green economy. Meanwhile we are stuck with a government that has no real idea, no real plan, and continues to kick the climate change can down the road for the next generation to deal with.
John Key says he’s been in touch with David Cameron every week by phone or text since meeting in 2009. You have to wonder if he ever questions Cameron’s commitment to address climate change or is that just reserved for domestic politics?