Friday, March 14, 2008

Nice one

Couldn't resist. Credit the Green Party (well, at least one of their 'principal speakers') for this: IF BLAIR COULDN'T CUT UK'S EMISSIONS IN 10 YEARS, WHAT HOPE THE WORLD'S?

As provided:

Green Party Principal Speak Dr. Derek Wall today labelled Tony Blair
as "no friend of the earth", and attacked the former Prime Minister's
"woeful record" on carbon emissions reduction in the decade he was
Prime Minister of the UK, questioning whether he is the right man to
lead the new global initiative to tackle climate change by cutting the
world's emissions.

Dr. Wall highlighted the fact that despite 3 manifesto pledges to
decrease emissions to 20% of 1990 levels by 2010, a year before Tony
Blair resigned as Prime Minister in 2007 the UKs carbon dioxide
emissions were the highest they have ever been under Labour - 2.2%
above 1997 levels. To be on track to meet the 2010 target, emissions
should have been around 10% lower than 1997 levels by then.

Dr. Wall said

"Tony Blair is an insane choice for climate change czar. His woeful
record in 10 years of Government saw an expansion of CO2 levels and a
criminal neglect of renewable and sustainable energy policies in
favour of more roads, more carbon intensive international trade and a
dangerous new nuclear energy programme.

"His first call should be for an end to the expansion of Heathrow and
short haul flights, a stop to the investment and promotion of
agrofuels, and a greater emphasis on renewable energy production.

"Blair is trying to create a niche in international environmental
negotiations based on an appalling record of disregard for the cause
of climate change.

"Tony Blair is no friend of the earth and everyone knows this."

I merely re-iterate my very small drum banging on the choice of messengers for such critical messages as those that will require 'selling' to the the voting public in times to come. I am afraid that anything inspired by TB on matters enviro is tainted from the off.

ENN - Britain's Blair takes on climate change - Or, cut and pasting it another way...

Greenbang - Tony Blair fancies himself as climate change saviour

I share your... um... optimism?

If ever there was a messenger who has all the heft of a lifetime of having done what he says, for the tricky task of bringing others (not yet so secure in the post-needing votes, mega-$ book tour thing) round to doing things that may not be so palatable to career, profit, economy...

Well, like you say, good luck with that.


Dave said...

Peter, you obviously didn't read my 'Just like a rubber ball' post further down. D.

Peter said...

Au contraire.

This was but a mere complement to the ball you set a-rollin' here.

And I rather suspect like all who can smell a rat when he smiles, we shall again have occasions to have a wee dig at our ex-Dear Leader's every barefaced attempt at spinning himself as the saviour from all that he and his ilk have dug us into.