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We must pay now to avoid climate disaster, says Blair

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James Sturcke and agencies
Monday October 30, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

Just to save you clicking around, here is the full report. The contrast with Stephen Harper’s recent lacklustre “Clean Air” legislation could not be starker.

Britain is going to commit to a 60% reduction in GHG emissions  from 1990 levels by 2050. We are going to think about it – for a long time – and then do nothing because … well it might upset Harper’s support in Alberta, I suppose. I mean, that is  a much more significant consideration in his calculation, don’t you think, than trying to tackle a crisis.

Or maybe he thinks that it might be a bit pricey?

Sir Nicholas said the cost of acting now to stabilise atmospheric CO2 at acceptable levels would be around 1% of GDP.”This is the equivalent of paying 1% more for what we buy,” he said. “It is like a one-off increase by 1% in the price index. That is manageable. We can grow and be green.”

Also, the scientific and technological advances needed to tackle climate change could produce a boost to the British economy in terms of improved efficiency and the development of valuable new technology, he said.

“Economically speaking, mitigation is a very good deal,” said Sir Nicholas. “Business as usual, on the other hand, would eventually derail growth.”

Let us all hope that enough of the world’s leaders are more like Blair than Harper and Bush.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 30, 2006 at 2:20 pm

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