Ed Miliband – Question 7
Leading environmental academic Susan Owens has expressed a worry that ‘climate-related policies will be pursued at the expense of other important environmental attributes…. We do need renewable energy but, to put it crudely, we shouldn’t be putting wind farms in wild locations so that we can continue to drive and take cheap flights as much as we want.’ How can we reconcile the potential conflict between competing ‘environmental goods’?
True, we should worry just as much about the carbon from cars as from power stations, and that’s why the move to electric and fuel-efficient cars is important.
But no matter what else we choose to do, we will need to move to low-carbon power. By 2050, to play our part in international action, we will need to have cut 80 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990.