[Marxism] Brexit and climate change

MM marxmail00 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 16:29:53 MDT 2016

This came up in a meeting with some union folks today, concerned that the Brexit fallout risks pushing climate change off UK radar for the foreseeable future. There’s been a fair amount written on this; here’s a sample:

WSJ: U.K. to Continue With Climate-Change Policy Following Brexit Result
http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-to-continue-with-climate-change-policy-following-brexit-result-1467209085 <http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-to-continue-with-climate-change-policy-following-brexit-result-1467209085>
"“While I think the U.K.’s role in dealing with a warming planet may have been made harder by the decision last Thursday, our commitment to dealing with it has not gone away,” [Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary] Amber Rudd told a conference in London.”

Economist: Where Brexit and climate-change scepticism converge
http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2016/03/economics-and-politics <http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2016/03/economics-and-politics>
"Similarly, when Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, warned of the financial risks surrounding a Brexit vote, Douglas Carswell took to Twitter to declare that the governor's view was hardly surprising, given that he was appointed by the British government. Those who worry about the economic consequences of Brexit are told they have no evidence; when they produce that evidence in the form of economic forecasts, or fund-manager polls, or a falling pound, they are accused of scaremongering. Occasionally, sceptics will have a go at the "mainstream media" for distorting the facts, though in the case of the EU, the Times, Telegraph, Sun, Mail and Express are all broadly in the Brexit camp."

Politico: 5 ways Brexit will transform energy and climate
http://www.politico.eu/article/5-ways-brexit-will-transform-energy-and-climate/ <http://www.politico.eu/article/5-ways-brexit-will-transform-energy-and-climate/>
"Early consensus suggests that environmental protections in the United Kingdom may be weakened in the aftermath of Brexit, as pro-Brexit campaigners try to make good on promises to make British businesses more globally competitive by rolling back pollution restrictions.

"The plan also could have repercussions on the international fight to assemble a global policy response to climate change. While the United Kingdom has long been a leader on climate policy—passing influential domestic legislation in 2008 that aimed to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050—its negotiations for the Paris Agreement climate pact were done as part of the European Union delegation.

"The sudden departure could force some adjustments to the Paris Agreement, as Politico’s Sara Stefanini reported Friday….”

NatGeo: Why Brexit Freaks Out So Many Scientists
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/brexit-science-climate-change-environment-policy/ <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/brexit-science-climate-change-environment-policy/>
"“It’s depressing, but the uncertainty doesn’t help,” says Philip Jones, research director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit in Norwich, England. “I just hope that science doesn’t get forgotten in all of this.”

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