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TEQs & David Miliband

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: TEQs & David Miliband Reply with quote

Since "voluntary behaviour change" is not proving to be very effective in curbing international Carbon Dioxide Emissions, I am "perforce enforced" forced to be interested in what the Governments are doing, or not doing as regards policy, interventions and pronouncements.

And so it is, that although I nearly missed this one (see below), it is hopeful. It seems that David Miliband has not given up entirely with the idea of Carbon Rationing.

Well, given that Gordon Brown seems to have committed political harikiri today in his Cabinet reshuffle, we could be looking at Miliband being in the running to lead the United Kingdom one of these fine days. He'd better choose some good advisers, though...



The Observer
Sunday September 21 2008
Gaby Hinsliff and Toby Helm


The first insight into his views on the growing pressure to tackle City greed comes in an interview for the October issue of the current affairs magazine Prospect, to be published the day after the Prime Minister's make-or-break conference speech.

The Foreign Secretary suggested that he had not given up hope of introducing a form of carbon rationing, which would price consumers out of gas-guzzling cars and cheap flights by giving every citizen an annual carbon quota.

Miliband championed personal carbon trading as Environment Secretary but the plan was ditched after Gordon Brown became leader. In his interview, however, Miliband said 'the whole point about good ideas is that they don't die'.





October 2008

Cover story » David Miliband

The foreign secretary explains why he remains a liberal interventionist abroad, and a radical decentraliser at home. Plus: Iraq, Russia, and how to mend Britain's broken politics

Dominic Lawson
Robert Cooper
Kishwer Falkner
David Goodhart
Richard Reeves

GOODHART: Are the energy and climate crises going to provide a new impetus for the left? To solve them will require domestic and global social justice—as you pointed out earlier—plus a big role for the state and perhaps a new rallying cause too.

MILIBAND: There is something in this idea of a red-green future. Over the past century, Labour has been reinvigorated by drawing on the most dynamic currents in society. From the trade unions who founded the party, and the "New Liberals" after the first world war, to the movements for equal rights in the 1960s and 1970s. Labour needs to harness the energy and idealism of the environmental movement. The Conservatives will always struggle to deliver green ends with conservative means: in particular, their belief in free markets, a minimal state, and Euroscepticism. Labour can become the natural home for environmentalists in mainstream politics. Tackling climate change is not an add-on to Labour values, but integral to achieving our economic and social goals. For example, low carbon energy is an anti-inflation strategy as well as a climate change strategy. Countries that go energy independent, that get themselves off oil, are locking in low inflation. And the poorest in our country, and abroad, will suffer the most if we don't move to low-carbon energy.

LAWSON: Not if low carbon is more expensive.

MILIBAND: If you had to bet now on the next decade, you'd say the oil price will go up and the renewable energy price down, because one is getting scarcer while the other is becoming more available.

REEVES: I remember you once said that one of the big problems with British politics was the speed with which ministers moved on. One example is personal carbon trading, which you kicked off with a big speech as environment secretary, and everyone got very excited—but then you were moved on and it got kicked into the long grass.

MILIBAND: The whole point about good ideas is that they don't die in that way.

GOODHART: If we have to ration energy, that will be good for the left, surely.

MILIBAND: Carbon trading is not rationing, it's about individual choices as to what relative value you place on income versus consumption. Everyone gets the same allocation of emissions. And then we all have huge choice about how we either live within that or how we buy our way out of it. But the studies do, indeed, suggest that personal carbon trading would be progressive. It would redistribute money from richer households who tend to consume more energy to poorer ones.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for this Jo - had missed that one in the book hecticness! Embarassed
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