I don’t think that we serve our children or planet well giving in to the counsel of despair. Tackling it is more akin to an engineering challenge – one we know we can do.
Backing traditional industries is very far from the electoral liability that strategists fear.
Many high-emitting nations are either avoiding COP altogether or stalling when it comes to committing to carbon targets.
A recent report launching a new coalition explains why we need new technologies that will deliver these at scale.
As the Government ushers us towards net zero, it had better be sure of the science. Unless it’s willing to risk a British equivalent of the Gilets Jaunes.
Our five year electoral cycle is driving MPs to compete for short-term green subsidies without questioning the medium-term consequences.
Economic crises have infantilised multiple generations. Our leaders need to give them hope.
Nation states can act decisively when they wish to do so: the EU seems paralysed.
Enough daydreaming about unfeasible and unfunded alternatives on islands in the estuary; enough dithering and delay.
And Tories have known since Thatcher’s time that climate change has to be taken seriously.
The only sustainable route to reducing carbon emissions will come precisely from the sorts of innovation that drive the “fairytales” that she bemoans.
Saving our planet will require a very eclectic bunch of policies. The task calls for moral courage and grinding common-sense.