Mr Huhne’s Green Deal – but don’t hold your breath

Mr Huhne is the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate change in the United Kingdom. This post was previously held by Mr Ed Miliband, who is now leader of the opposition. I can only hope, for the sake of the environment, that Mr Huhne makes a better fist of the job than his predecessor.

The problem with climate change politics is that it is high on talk and low on measures. Discussion is more prevalent than action, and it has always been thus It is as though politicians think that future generations can be saved from the destruction that climate change ay bring by boasts, talk and drum banging.

Last week Mr Huhne suggested that his department’s “Green Deal” Programme, designed to make property more energy efficient by insulating as many as possible, could bring and additional quarter of a million jobs in the United Kingdom. It is a consummation devoutly to be wished.

The problem is that this sector has already been hit by government cuts. It seems that the businesses operating within it have been shrinking and laying off employees for the past six months. Some are failing and some have already failed.

The Green Deal will start in 2013. By then any job increases may be less than the jobs already lost, and it will be too late for many businesses and perhaps too late for the environment.

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