There is nothing surprising about the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) latest update on the UK’s response to escalating climate threats, but that does not make it any less shocking. The two progress reports released today assessing the government’s efforts to cut emissions and enhance climate resilience really should trigger a national-level scandal that demands an immediate and urgent response. The only problem is they have to take their place in today’s queue of national level scandals, such is the level of humiliating dysfunction that now stalks Westminster. Like gridlocked buses on a smog-choked street, you wait ages for the inadequacy of the government’s response to the existential climate threat to be officially recognised, only for it to pull up behind the mortifying sight of the US President effectively sacking the British ambassador to Washington as the likely next Prime Minister offers his subservient approval, and the Labour Party shredding what remains of its credibility with efforts to silence ex-employees concerned about its handling of antisemitism cases.
Business Green 11th July 2019 read more »