“But acting will cost money. Technical innovation alone will not save the day, as Vallance underlined.”
Two days ago, the government’s chief scientific advisor led a briefing to MPs, as covered in the Mail:
‘To give three observational facts… the world is warmer than it was, the CO2 levels in the atmosphere are higher than they have ever been, and extreme weather events are more common than before all this happened. That’s what we face, and the aim of this briefing… is to speak about the science.’
As the Times has said over the last couple of days:
Would the new PM consider bringing in a carbon tax?
Here’s Will Hutton in today’s Guardian:
But acting will cost money. Technical innovation alone will not save the day, as Vallance underlined. The independent Climate Change Committee has estimated the annual cost at £50bn; the Treasury thinks it could be £70bn. And for the political right, this is the non-negotiable objection. Collective action is anathema: it smacks of enlarging the state, and of course implies an accompanying case for taxation, the ultimate in coercive intrusion into personal choice. The science is thus to be doubted: a Trojan horse to undermine these higher inalienable truths.
Meanwhile, there has been a change of direction down under:
As this is indeed a global issue: