Monday, June 04, 2007

Ngaire Woods rocks

Her CiF piece today and her Oxford High-Level Taskforce on UK Energy Security, Climate Change and Development Assistance (Mouthful and a 'narf) seem impressive. Its very true that no-one in government has bothered to try to link the blatantly conflicting interests of UK climate policy, UK economic stability and UK energy security. Just as Sir Nicholas Stern pointed out that combating climate change should be seen as an opportunity and not a threat, the OHLTUKESCCDA's report- Energy, Politics and Poverty- points out that this state of conflict between vital issues of national security need not be so. The report's introduction (its late and I can't be arsed to read it all now) observes that many of these policy holes result from an inconsistent Europe-wide strategy on issues such as gas prices and dealings with Russia. Russia's divide-and-conquer strategy within Europe is sowing the seeds of financial dependence and unless steps are taken soon we will at risk of having our gas supplies being held to ransom, as the Belarussians, Ukrainians and Georgians are experiencing.

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