Morning Star: Tories’ Powering up Britain plan condemns us to more climate change

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Extinction Rebellion promote 'The Big One' on 21 April 2023
Extinction Rebellion promote ‘The Big One’ on 21 April 2023

THE government’s announcement of revised plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions today, Powering up Britain, needs to be judged against the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report, issued on Monday March 20, states: “There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”

Global warming has been driven by the use of fossil fuels, which has increased the concentration of greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane, in the atmosphere. The report calls for massive cuts in the use of such fuels, and instead the application of clean energy and technology.

Essentially the latest plans from the British government are business as usual — or at least as much as possible. There is no fresh funding, and the 60 points include many initiatives that have already been announced.

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