Nature Blog Network Future Earth: Brown is not Green

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Brown is not Green

In April 2006 it was encouraging to hear Gordon Brown say, on a global stage, that "the environment must be centre of policy worldwide".

Fast forward to the local election rout in May 2008. Oh dear, are we unpopular? Lets pull a few policies then.... what's under consideration in the immediate aftermath?

1. Cut the bin tax on excess rubbish.
2. Reduce the tax on fuel..
3. Reduce rising food prices.

In other words, remove the individual incentives for reducing waste and controlling energy expenditure. Short-term policies for short-term politicians shortening our term on earth to boot.

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