Alan Simpson: Post-election polling has told the Tories they have no chance of winning electoral support from younger and Middle England voters without a radical shift in their environmental policies — hence Michael Gove’s “charm offensive.” But there are key reasons the charm fails to travel very far. One is the silence that separates Gove from the libertarian right who dominate the Tory Cabinet. The other is that none of the government promises turns into viable programmes. Hence the massive underperformance of tree planting pledges. A global economics based on 100 per cent renewable energy is now deliverable by 2050 or earlier. Our individual cars currently eating up half of our personal annual carbon budgets can be replaced with EV or hydrogen vehicles. Better still would be the shift into whole town/city public transport infrastructures, using only renewable energy, and the massive carbon footprint of food and product miles can be radically cut by more localised and regionalised production systems.
Morning Star 2nd May 2018 read more »