Sir David King on sustaining our green ambitions

June 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Climate change, Environment | Leave a comment
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Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government and the director of the new Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, has hit the nail on the head in “Comment is free” in The Observer today, Sunday 1 June 2008:

Now is not the time to abandon our ambition to be green

It’s true that the government’s short-sighted objections to change(s) that will be beneficial in the long run must be overcome by “individuals pressing for reforms”. However, the degree of apathy and cynicism in Britain today makes for a massive uphill struggle for those who recognise what needs to be done and know how difficult it is to achieve. But struggle uphill we must!

It is imperative that “businesses that recognise the opportunities these changes produce” must be allowed, enabled and encouraged to provide solutions—without getting penalised with taxes, overloaded with paperwork, frightened into indecision or over-cautious attitudes, or tangled up in red tape. I have to admit that my experience of the Department for Transport in the Heathrow Consultation process does colour my opinion of the government in this regard, but I would agree with Sir David King’s assessment of our situation nevertheless.

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