A study by the pressure group WWF says new green policies in the March 2021 Budget add up to just 0.01% of GDP. But the government’s own advisory Climate Change Committee has said 1% of national wealth – or GDP – must be spent every year in the UK to ensure climate targets are met. In November the prime minister promised £12bn for a 10-point plan “green industrial revolution”. WWF says its research also shows that some Budget policies that encourage pollution totalled £40bn – far more than the PM’s green plan.
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The UK government is spending many times more on measures that will increase greenhouse gas emissions than on policies to tackle the climate crisis, according to an analysis of the spring budget.
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The most pressing battle is no longer with the deniers but with climate delayers, who claim to recognise the problem, while seeking to prevent anything from being done about it. They argue that measures to address the climate and nature crises – such as phasing out gas boilers – are too expensive, and that the costs would fall on those on low-to-middle incomes. Consequently, reviews and decisions are delayed while headlines are written of a green agenda “plunged into chaos”.
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Fairness will be key to successfully tackling the climate crisis: It is not going to be easy to replicate the urgency with which countries responded to the pandemic. Despite the floods and the forest fires, there is always a temptation for politicians to put off tough decisions in the belief that they have more time to act. Rishi Sunak is cavilling at the upfront costs of hitting the UK government’s net zero target. Nor does Keir Starmer’s £30bn green investment plan match the scale of the challenge. The lesson of the past is that smart people can come up with solutions to seemingly intractable problems given the right incentives. Putting economies on a climate-war footing would accelerate technological change, replicating what happened between 1939 and 45, a period that saw advances in the use of flu vaccines, jet engines, computers and blood plasma transfusions. For that to happen there needs to be a different sort of political economy, based around redistribution, taxing pollution rather than jobs, investment in innovation, and cooperation between countries. Donald Trump would never have bought into this agenda, but Joe Biden might. Glasgow will be a test of political will. The commitments made in Paris six years ago are consistent with temperatures rising by 3C, and need to be strengthened. A sign of multilateral intent would be plans for a steadily rising carbon tax, the phasing out of fossil-fuel subsidies and the naming and shaming of the most significant greenhouse gas emitters. If governments want people to switch from gas boilers to heat pumps they are going to have to foot the bill. If they want poor countries to skip the fossil-fuel phase and move straight to energy systems based on renewables, they are going to have to come up with a modern version of the Marshall plan. Building back greener means building back fairer.
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A new opposition to climate change action is also taking shape. We’re starting to see the contours of a coming Tory rebellion against environmental policy. Leaked WhatsApp messages by Red Wall MPs this morning showed several influential figures railing against a green agenda. “This will not go down well in Red Wall seats,” Ashfield MP Lee Anderson said. Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price replied: “The reason we have won Red Wall seats is because Labour lost working class voters over decades as the party has become increasingly metropolitan. We won’t keep those voters if they see us behaving in the same way.”
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