Couple of quick thoughts on the response to the Stern report on climate change today:
- first, is it just me who finds it slightly ironic that not only is there a collective action problem amongst the public in addressing climate change, but there is also one amongst politicians? The public want to know that everyone else is going to jump before they do (so we all share the pain). And so do the politicians. Both the government and the tories only feel capable of inching towards poliy solutions, because they are worried about coming off as the bad guys in all of this.
- Second, it is so frustrating to keep on hearing that there shouldn’t be a duty added to air fares because it would hit the poorest hardest. Do people really think the best way to redistribute wealth is through air faires? And will anyone actually get round to challenging that assumption in an interview?