Climat: Cameron + Clegg + Miliband = unmitigated bollocks

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have signed a joint pledge to tackle climate change, which they say will protect the UK’s national security and economic prosperity.

The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual and comes amid a general election campaign that is becoming increasingly bitter.

The prime minister, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition have all clashed over green issues, but the joint declaration states: “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. It is not just a threat to the environment, but also to our national and global security, to poverty eradication and economic prosperity.”

“Acting on climate change is also an opportunity for the UK to grow a stronger economy, which is more efficient and more resilient to the risks ahead,” the joint statement says. “It is in our national interest to act and ensure others act with us.” A senior UK military commander has warned previously that climate change poses as grave a threat to the UK’s security and economic resilience as terrorism.

See here for the full article in the Guardian.

Now, I understand that the papers have to report this sort of twaddle, but where oh where is the scathing editorial that peels away the rhetoric and reveals that there’s nothing inside?

The first thing that strikes me is the shockingly irresponsible cynicism. “The agreement of the three party leaders is highly unusual” — you can say that again! For Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to agree on anything at all it would have to be English equivalent of mother-and-apple-pie. Looking for any real substance here is a waste of time. What they’re really agreeing on is that climate change is far too hot a potato to be handled during the election campaign. Now each of them can claim to have addressed the issue in their joint declaration and none of them needs to get drawn into discussions based on pesky facts.

“Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today”: no it’s not — it’s the most important. It conditions all the rest. It pains me to say it, but even social equality is not a priority when society itself is under threat. These three professional fudgers just don’t have the guts to say so.

“It is not just a threat to the environment”: true — it’s a threat to the survival of the vast majority of species on Earth. Including ours. And of course associated sub-species like bankers and oil executives.

“Acting on climate change is also an opportunity for the UK to grow a stronger economy”: true again — but none of these three honourable gentlemen is eager to take up that opportunity. The two Cs must accept responsibility for the fact that UK fossil fuel subsidies are three to four times higher than subsidies to renewables; and Miliband is too mealy-mouthed to attack them on it.

Come to think of it, CC&M are probably right to avoid talking about climate change, for none of them has the intellectual or moral stature to do so meaningfully.

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