It was good to hear the scientific establishment today concede what some of us have been saying for a long time – that changes on the sun can have an impact on our climate. I look forward to sun variations being included in models forecasting changes to earth temperatures.
In the meantime two commonsense policies suggest themselves. It is still a good idea to press ahead with fuel conservation and fuel efficiency measures. We need to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels, given the rising demand for these supplies from fast growing Asia and given the political instability in some of the producing regions.
It is also important, given the government’s aim to rebalance the Uk economy with a bigger manufacturing sector, that we do not impose extra burdens on the use of fuel here in the UK compared to our competitors. Exporting fuel use to rising industrial powers does not cut global emissions, but does cost us jobs.