Friday, December 10, 2010

60% by 2030

The UK Government's influential blue ribbon panel on Climate, the Climate Change Committee, has released it's latest recommendation: that the country reduce emissions by 60% by 2030.

This is technologically feasible, although it will be somewhat more expensive to be that far out in front than it would be to follow along later.

Some side benefits would be of high value: lower acid rain pollution over Norway and the North Sea, better London and Birmingham air quality, and, of course a massive boost to the green tech sector.

I'm not sure that the current generation of UK students, up in arms about their government's proposed tuition hike-and-loan scheme, all of which sounds impressively decent to American students, are the people to take this policy over in 2030, though.

Right now they just seem incredibly selfish and loutish to American eyes.

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