by Alex Randall
Climate change has slid of the agenda at party negotiations. We’ve seen maybe one mention that climate has been discussed in talks – but that’s about it. This is enormously problematic because the coalition talks seem to be focusing on very short term problems – the deficit, short range economic recovery. But it’s actually the issues that require long term planning, like tackling climate change, that need to be thrashed out. Without that discussion you can imagine a situation where some agreement is reached between two parties on a small number of issues that need to be dealt with soon – but then they fall out and fail to deal with a big topic like climate change a few years down the line.
Even a quick glance over the manifestos of the three parties demonstrates significant differences in how they would tackle climate change. For example all three have very different approaches to renewable energy. Unless these issues are given adequate attention in the negotiations then there is massive potential for big disagreements later. Given what is at stake we hope that the parties keep climate change on the agenda during their talks.
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