DTI's wishful thinking

The UK Department of Trade and Industry resorts to wishful thinking in a new white paper orienting energy policy to targets for carbon dioxide emissions (see Newsletter, p. 7). Asserting worst-case assumptions about climate change, the paper proposes a 60% cut in CO2 emissions from current levels by 2050. And it argues that the reduction can come largely from energy-use efficiency and supply from renewable sources.The UK might, in fact, continue cutting its emissions of CO2. But it won't happen the way the white paper says it will.The UK is one of few countries likely to meet emission targets of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. Those targets use a baseline of 1990, when the UK wa...

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