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Fri Jul 1, 2016, 05:47 AM

U.K. Told to Double Scale of Co2 Cuts to Meet Climate Goal

... Have to dig the headline's typically potentially rabble-rousing spin (although this is Bloomberg, not a Murdoch/Dacre tabloid). Who dares infringe our sacred superior sovereignty, telling UK government and people what do do? F'ing EU. Leave!

Uh, nope. It's a UK government-appointed advisory committee telling dickhead pols what has to be done to avoid utter catastrophe. As the article explains, but what percentage of the deliberately dumbed-down actually read beyond the kneejerker headline?

More honest headline: Energy Ministry: UK must Double Scale of Co2 Cuts to Meet Climate Goal

... Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on Thursday endorsed a recommendation for the U.K. to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 57 percent between 2028 and 2032. The government’s official climate adviser said current policies only deliver about 53 percent of the reductions needed, and the vote to leave the European Union will further complicate environmental policies.

The recommendation in an annual progress report by the Committee on Climate Change indicates the tough decisions Prime Minister David Cameron’s successor faces. Britain already has cut emissions 38 percent from the 1990 baseline used in the calculations, leaving environmental groups seeking deeper cuts in greenhouse gases increasingly at odds with industry and consumers who are demanding cheaper power. The vote on the EU adds another dimension.

“Leaving the EU will require the reassessment of some existing and proposed policies but does not change the need for the U.K. to play its role in reducing emissions,” said John Gummer, the chairman of the committee, who is also known as Lord Deben since his elevation to the upper chamber of Parliament.

The committee was established by the government to advise ministers on policy and will produce a detailed analysis on the impact of the vote to leave the EU in the autumn. That decision may lead to the scrapping or weakening of some Brussels-led green policies, such as new car emissions standards, the EU Emissions Trading System and laws on waste and harmful fluorinated gases, the committee said...


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