Helen Thompson's article in a recent Sunday Times reminds us that our Net-Zero legislation passed through the UK parliament in indecent haste in the dog days of the May government. Her article: Why net zero requires a reinvention of civilisation, was like a fresh breeze clearing the air in a rank debate. There is a hard truth – or two – in every paragraph. I strongly recommend a read – maybe every month …
This is how it begins:
“Fossil fuel energy has been the material basis of modern civilisation. The Industrial Revolution was the start of an energy revolution that transformed how human beings could live. Today the four basic physical pillars of our society — ammonia, cement, plastics and steel — are largely produced using fossil fuels. So net zero requires reinventing modern civilisation. It requires transforming the energy basis of our way of life within less than three decades. There is no precedent in human history.”
Helen is professor of political economy at Cambridge University and co-presenter of the podcast These Times.