29 October, 2007
The Environmental Audit Committee in the UK’s House of Commons looked at the governmental structures in place to deal with climate change and found them ineffective. In its new report “Structure of Government and the Challenge of Climate Change“, it recommends that the government create a cross-government Office of Climate Change and Energy and a Climate Minister who would be able to attend cabinet meetings.
More on BBC News.
In Belgium, the christian-democrat and liberal parties, which are trying to build a new government, last week agreed to create a climate minister.
Looks like one these typical political quick fixes to me. As long as the climate responsibility is not firmly anchored with the Prime Minister or the Finance/Economy minister, a climate minister will just have symbolic power.Author : Willy De Backer