Holyrood Heroes


The Scottish parliament laid down a marker yesterday, approving the most ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases of any country on earth to date: a reduction from 1990 levels of 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

By comparison, Japan’s pathetic goal is officially a 15% reduction from 2005 levels by 2020 (effectively an 8% reductiion from 1990 levels), Waxman-Markey would commit the US to a similar putative 17% reduction from 2005 levels (and a big percentage of that is bookkeeping baloney), and Australia – with the highest ghg emissions per capita on the globe and arguably suffering the effects of climate change sooner and more rapidly than any other country – has unbelievably, shamefully, decided to commit to nothing at all until after Copenhagen.

Scotland’s plan envisions wind and wave power, electric cars, building retrofits, massive reforestation, anything that will work.

Scotland may be brave, but it is not foolish. The Scottish bill allows for backing off from the targets if the rest of the world fails to play along.

Friends of the Earth Scotland‘s Duncan McLaren:

A key will be the international reaction to this. If it is well-received and there is praise for Scotland’s leadership in adopting the world’s best targets, it will be harder for Ministers to back down.

Yes. Exactly. And guess who gets it?

Arnold gets it:

Scotland’s ambitious and comprehensive targets encourage other nations to step up to the plate as we look toward an international agreement in Copenhagen, and it sends a message to the world that we must act now and must act swiftly.

It is time to act. Every delay means that future reductions will be that much more difficult.

Hello? Can someone beat Scotland’s offer? Or is the rest of the world commmitted to sticking its head in the sand, wishing it would all go away, and pretending in the face of all available evidence that it has more pressing problems?


3 Responses to “Holyrood Heroes”

  1. artemis54 Says:

    Hmm, another new header.

    It’s either hell or Christmas, I can’t decide.

  2. artemis54 Says:

    I am gobsmacked and in tears.

    My cousins were fortunate enough to land a windpower project on their property. A project they had supported generally for a number of reasons, it wound up partly on their land, generating them a handsome income.

    I did not know until today that they considered all this “found money,” and have put it all into a scholarship fund which awards needy but high gpa students at three different high schools every year.

    These are people who have lived modestly all their lives, and continue to do so now while giving away thousands and thousands every year. My cousin owns one piece of jewelry, her wedding ring, and one house, a prefab they finally managed after 25 years of farming leased land.

    And they would be mortified if I gave you their names.

    I can’t remember feeling so proud.

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