I’ve just finished another transcript related to climate change, this time with Lord Deben (the politician formerly known as John Gummer, UK Member of Parliament) being interviewed by RTCC. Lord Deben is also President of GLOBE International, which you’d think might be a shadowy-sounding organisation straight out of James Bond but is actually a shadowy-sounding organisation committed to “developing and overseeing the implementation of laws in pursuit of sustainable development”. (“Who elected them?” you ask. Well, shush.) They have produced a report this year, the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study, which assesses the extent to which different nations are festooning themselves with climate red tape – Portugal, Mexico and South Africa get good marks from his Lordship, but Canada and especially Australia come in for some epic finger-wagging:
Sophie Yeo: How much do you think Australia’s attempts to repeal the Carbon Tax has resonated across the rest of the world?
Lord Deben: Oh, I think Australia is seen as being a very, very odd exemplar. You know, it’s – it’s very sad, and it’s, and it’s, and it’s something I feel very personally about, because I think it just lets down the whole British tradition. That a country should have become so selfish about this issue, so that it’s prepared to spoil the efforts of others, and to foil what very much less – very much less rich countries are doing. Because all that pollution which Australia is pushing into the atmosphere, of course, is changing my climate, I mean this is a real insult to the sovereignty of other countries.
Yes, how sad it is when other countries won’t follow Britain over the cliff into economic oblivion – how dastardly and selfish they are! But how nice it is that the UK is leading the world in at least two ways, according to Lord Deben: the Climate Change Act and also the Committee on Climate Change, “which has real responsibilities and which lasts and produces the necessary budgets to lead us to 2050″, and whose Chairman is – Lord Deben. How very fortuitous! Truly, we are blessed.