John Ashton: a winning climate coalition is waiting to be forged
Former UK climate envoy says low carbon industry and progressive politicians need to develop new alliance
One: a carbon neutral electricity system. No more coal or gas for electricity, unless we lock away the resulting carbon emissions through carbon capture and storage.
Two: carbon neutral transport. No more liquid hydrocarbon fuels, at least of mineral origin, for vehicles, trains, ships and eventually planes.
Three: no more gas to heat our homes and buildings.
Four: carbon capture and storage with all those processes that are inherently carbon intensive: steel and other metals, petrochemicals and plastics, cement and so on.
...Climate change is about politics before it is abut anything else.
This is an excerpt from a lecture the UK’s former climate change envoy John Ashton gave at the University of East Anglia on September 11.