UK Met Office warns carbon emissions must peak by 2020, says the BBC today.
Me, I can’t see an ’emissions peak’ happening at all, ever. Even if the politicians at Copenhagen do come to some ‘agreement,’ it will be the usual appeasement statement. Our political leaders have proven time and time again that there’s only one thing at which they excel, and that’s promising a thing and then spectacularly failing to deliver it.
Actions speak louder than words. Instead of sound bites such as ‘cap and trade’ and throwing around percentage ‘cuts’ that are totally meaningless because the baseline shifts in standard politicese so as to make the numbers sound good, we need to hear firm commitments on solid action from our ‘leaders.’ Some examples that spring to mind are commitments to:
- invest massively in new sustainable energy technology such as solar, wind, wave, tidal
- halt the destruction of the rainforests (and allocate land for reforestation)
- remove the tax-free status of aviation fuel
- develop truly useful public mass-transit systems
Other suggestions welcome…