Ed Balls is also giving an important speech tomorrow


3:06 pm - July 9th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    


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For the first time since the general election, one of the Eds is giving a major speech on climate change.

Tomorrow, it will be Ed Balls, rather than the former climate change minister, who will break the silence, but this is still important.

It seems even more significant that he will be doing it framed around infrastructure investment and in discussion with the FT’s Martin Wolf.

I wrote a few months ago that Labour should use the business community and infrastructure investment to take on the Tories on climate change.

For three years campaigners have had to bang the drum on the environment alone without the support of Westminster or the media. I hope that Ed Balls’ speech will be part of a change of attitude within Labour and not just lip service.

Green Alliance, who are hosting the discussion, say getting to a low carbon future is worth £200 billion of our planned infrastructure. We’ll have more of the data around this tomorrow.

But the point is that ‘green investment’ is an easy way, and the right way, for Ed Miliband and Balls to point out how weak (in standing up to backbenchers) and unwilling to invest the Tories are.

Cameron knows he’s wrong on the issue – that’s why he (quietly) opened a big offshore wind farm last week. But he is basically turning down British jobs to suit the prejudices of his backbenchers who are against green investment such as wind farms.

This is an open goal for Balls – a chance to show he is a tough economist who recognises the importance of green energy and investment in Britain’s future. It’s about time they started using it to score some points.

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1. jimmy dingle

“Tomorrow, it will be Ed Balls, rather than the former climate change minister, who will break the silence, but this is still important……”

no it’s not

OK, once more LC doesn’t understand the diufference between costs and benefits.

“Green Alliance, who are hosting the discussion, say getting to a low carbon future is worth £200 billion of our planned infrastructure”

No, it will cost about that much….

“But he is basically turning down British jobs to suit the prejudices of his backbenchers who are against green investment such as wind farms.”

Jobs which have been found to cost huge amounts (100k plus and sometimes more), let alone the fact that most of the manufacturing jobs are abroad. Also seems to be discounting the jobs that will be lsot thanks to higher energy costs.

Great news.

No, jobs wont be lost by taking on a green agenda and no, the jobs dont have to be overseas since there is no impediment to creating and sustaining a green economy in this country.

Anyone thinking this is unimportant should be mindful as to the new IPCC forecast suggesting a move from a 2 to 4 degree global temperature increase. It should be remembered that 2 degrees was a political target and not the result of any scientific assessment. Since that target was set very little has happened to stall the worst ravages
of Global warming. Moreover the changes that were forecast to take place ie. melting ice caps are occurring at a much faster rate than originally anticipated. It may now be too late to turn this around but nonetheless, for our children’s sake I think we should try.

Tyler, you are so prepared to shill for every righty shibboleth you have pissed any meagre credibility you might have had away. You’d let George Osborne stick a bullwhip up your arse on live tv you’re so willing to sell yourself for the cause.

And yes, this is an ad hom, you detestable git. Your arguments are recycled lies from other websites.


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