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Chris Huhne Will Stop You Exhaling On Pain Of Law

by | 18th, May 2011

REPORTING on global warming / climate change is so tame that Fiona Harvey and Allegra Stratton can tell Guardian readers this and their monitors don’t blush:

The UK is to put in place the most ambitious targets on greenhouse gases of any developed country, by halving carbon dioxide emissions by 2025, after a tumultuous week of cabinet rifts on the issue.

They are going to halve emissions for the gas that all animals exhale?

Agreeing the targets took weeks of wrangling among ministers, but late on Tuesday afternoon the energy and climate secretary, Chris Huhne, announced to parliament that the “carbon budget” – a 50% emissions cut averaged across the years 2023 to 2027, compared with 1990 levels – would be enshrined in law.

Yep. It will be law. If the carbon dioxide emissions are not halved it will against the law.

Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s climate change chief, hailed the outcome as “very encouraging” and “an example” to other countries, which she said showed that countries could pursue economic growth while cutting emissions. “This is a recognition that to be very ambitious on public spending [cuts] does not mean you can’t be ambitious on climate change targets,” she told the Guardian.

Yep. You can pursue it. But guessing is not the same as knowing. It might be an ides for other countries to watch us and see what happens.

And then enjoy this utter bilge:

David Kennedy, chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, the government advisory body that proposed the target, said: “This is going to deliver higher [economic] growth for the UK. It could well give us lower electricity prices in the future than our competitors.”

So capping emissions on pain of law and investigating in more expensive energy production methods will make the country compete better with, say, China?



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