David Milliband, the debate about climate change is over, but we think that the
debate is only just beginning.
hundreds of eminent scientists around the world that disagree with many of the
fundamental findings of the IPCC report, and even more who have ripped to
shreds the Stern review.
What I believe we
can be assured of is that the world is now headed on one of its regular cycles,
but to blame humans and make us the scapegoats for what is largely a natural
event allows politicians carte blanche to inflict repressive legislation and
punitive taxes on all of us.
We would like to
see some sensible policies coming out of government, policies that are going to
carry our race into the next millennium, and refrain from using any of these
reports for short term political and financial gain.
penalising people with a raft of new taxes, more effort needs to be placed by
government on the causes of greenhouse gases.
Airlines are not
to blame for the emissions from their engines, and the passengers who fly in
them most certainly are not, no more than car drivers are, they buy what is
available on the market.
The motorist and
airline passenger pays far more of their income into the treasury already, and
to ask them to contribute further will only generate some kind of backlash, as
it did during the fuel protests of 2000.
The emphasis of
government must be placed on the manufacturers to begin to build energy efficient
engines, to change what is available to airlines and drivers.
must be forced to put more and more of their obscene profits into renewable
manufacturers and retailers must be forced and penalised into reducing by vast
amounts the level of packaging that they use, and forced to use much more
bio-degradable packaging, thereby reducing pressure on landfill sites and
making recycling easier and cheaper.
This is where PFI can really work, with government
providing the lead.
realise that they are going to have to get used to working on smaller profit
margins, because we wont put up with increased prices to cover their
This will provide
a cleaner world, this will allow people to move freely about the world without
ripping their income to pieces.
not be allowed to pass the buck on this, and they cannot keep passing the responsibility
to the people and using taxes as an excuse for action.
Its time now for
the Government to provide some action, rather than expecting us to do it for