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David Cameron: playing god with the planet for the sake of politics

Maddy Harland & Peter Ellington
Tuesday, 4th December 2012

David Cameron turns away top economist to run Department for Energy and Climate Change, a supporter of offshore wind who demands a step change in government energy policy

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The British prime minister, David Cameron, has personally rejected David Kennedy's appointment as head of the Department for Energy and Climate Change. David Kennedy is an economist for London School of Economics and is chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, he has also worked at the World Bank. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are now forced to re-run the appointment process.

A panel which included Nick Stern recommended Kennedy for the job and was supported by Energy and Climate Change secretary, Ed Davey. Kennedy is regarded as an expert in energy and climate change economics, has headed up the CCC for four years and has been involved in the development of a series of reports calling on the government to deliver a 'step change' in its decarbonisation efforts.

The appointment of a permanent secretary such as this is normally a rubber stamping exercise by the PM. Indeed it is not appropriate for a PM to interfere with a civil appointment. The Financial Times commented that this is probably due to Kennedy supporting onshore wind farms. This just proves that Cameron is a climate denier, who is more concerned with Tory shire votes than doing the right thing for our economy and our future. He will be confined to history as one of the worst British prime minsters.

Backing offshore wind in preference to gas would create 70,000 more jobs and generate £20bn more GDP, says a new report today by Cambridge Econometrics (funded by Greenpeace and WWF). 

What we do know is that the cost of ignoring climate change is only going to escalate exponentially and that Cameron and his croney's denial of the severity of global warming and its attendant effects will cost us billions in the future.

Maddy Harland is the editor of Permaculture magazine, CEO of Permanent Publications and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Peter Ellington is an Accountant and Economist, he teaches capitalism (Finance and Accounting) at the University of East Anglia in the Norwich Business School on the MBA, MSc and UG programmes. He has a number of financial posts including Financial Director at Permanent Publications.

He is very interested in behavioural economics and how economic and financial mechanisms can be used to encourage and incentivise people to make decisions that are good for the environment and ultimately themselves. 

For a very succinct and explicit view of climate change predictions here's David Roberts, staff writer at Grist.org. Filmed on April 16, 2012, speakers and attendees gathered at TEDxTheEvergreenStateCollege for 'Hello Climate Change' to reflect on the ability - and responsibility - of formal and informal education to inspire and empower action in this era of climate change.

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Erik |
Friday, December 7, 2012 - 4:07pm

So much for "the greenest government ever".

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