Well I’ve made my views on the 10:10 campaign clear before but this is precisely why I am wary of campaigns like this, especially when politicians stick their oar in.
The government didn’t back a tokenistic, populist Lib Dem bill for the government/Westminster to back the 10:10 campaign.
The reason, as Ed Miliband writes on Labourlist, is that they’re already doing more than that and don’t want an overlapping of random targets and campaigns.
That of course hasn’t stopped Lib Dem bleating about how the government aren’t taking climate change seriously enough, as if backing this campaign would prove it one way or another.
Thus we have Simon Hughes, one of the most ‘respected’ Lib Dems (as much as any Lib Dem who isn’t Vince Cable is respected) and their Climate Change spokesperson saying ‘We could have TVs turned off when they’re not needed; we could have lights turned off; we could turn off computers,’ as if any of this cannot be done unless the government backed a Lib Dem bill.
It’s his next statement however, that winds me up beyond belief, ‘We could use stairs rather than lifts’.
What a stupid statement. As it happens, most of the energy used in lifts is done by counterweights and gravity – the actual energy use of a lift is absolutely minute, possibly a couple of watts per floor. Yes I appreciate the cumulative effect from over 600 MPs but seriously, for someone who is effectively a Lib Dem Shadow Minister to come up with this drivel is embarassing.
In the mean time Angela Eagle announces that Westminster is saving £7 million a year through efficiency and energy efficiency drives.
Ed Miliband is driving a campaign for a new Kyoto deal in Copenhagen later in the year and his Lib Dem counterpart is whinging about lifts and bottled water. It’s pathetic and exactly the reason I have avoided the 10:10 vision thing, yes it’s worthwhile in and of itself but frankly it’s all stuff that everyone should be doing anyway.
Not to blow my own trumpet but I’ve been doing this sort of thing for years – millions of people have been doing various things just through common sense rather than an overwhelming desire to save the environment.
The Lib Dems are famous for their tokenistic approach to politics, but this is genuinely the most pathetic example I’ve yet seen.