Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Professors at Cambridge University are worried that climate issues are “slipping down the government’s list of priorities”. But they have a plan, for engineering one last colossal splurge of taxpayer’s cash.
UK must not cool stance on global warming
February 2, 2017, by Terry Macalister
World-renowned British scientist Martin Rees has urged the UK government to prioritise global warming, and warns of the danger of not taking urgent action.
LONDON, 2 February, 2017 – One of Britain’s most senior scientists has expressed concern that action to tackle global warming is sliding down the government’s list of priorities despite its ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“I worry that we have to wait till the downsides of climate change are even more apparent than they are today before action is taken,” he says.
“It may be slipping down the agenda and may not get much ideological support, and that is why I have been banging on about increasing research and development of clean energy, which gets broad support even from those who are not so enthusiastic about climate action.
“They [many politicians] like hi-tech, and they are right to think that the quickest way to bring down emissions is by accelerating the development of efficient, clean energy.”
The professors are currently holding a series of lectures to promote climate awareness.
This effort might seem a genteel, inconsequential professorial sort of thing, but make no mistake, this is a last stand by the climate community. To make renewables viable, they are demanding a worldwide commitment to fund a global Climate Apollo Project – up to US $230 billion over 10 years, just for the R&D.