29 May, 2007
My colleague George Monbiot delivers another blow to Labour’s multiple energy efforts in the Guardian’s Comment is Free.
Monbiot has compared the transport chapter of the new Energy White Paper (which aims at reducing the UK’s consumption of fossil fuel) with the Planning White Paper issued in the same week (which opens the door for more roads and more airport capacity). He correctly concludes: “There are plainly two governments of the United Kingdom, one determined to reduce our consumption of fossil fuel, the other determined to raise it.”
But is there enough oil to sustain a growing transport programme, is the next question the UK top journalist asks himself. Refering to the “peak oil” theory (which questions the oil reserves), the UK government should have at least tried to find out “whether or not its transport programme will bring the economy crashing down”, Monbiot concludes.