Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Pledge of Politicians

No, it's not the collective noun for our leaders, it's what they have said they are going to do with regard to global warming.

The three leaders have pledged:

  • To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2C.
  • To work together, across party lines, to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act.
  • To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation.

Let's look at just the first one.  The science's best guess is that we need to leave something like 80% of the fossil carbon that has already been discovered in the ground unburnt.  And that's just to get to a 60% probability of staying below 2°C and disregarding the climate models' tendency to be wrong with the error probability distribution skewed to the bad side.

Yet all three party leaders continue to support exploration for new carbon resources, let alone say that 80% of what has already been discovered must stay put.

The Infrastructure bill going through Parliament right now seeks to enshrine into law the requirement to maximise exploitation of the UK's.
So who are our leader trying to fool?
Oh yes, us.
And today is

Global Divestment Day


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