1. I am not a climate change skeptic – however you spell it. See my side bar. The science is convincing enough.
2. It is a fact that whatever our per capita is, our real total contribution to the issue is very small, as will be the actual (as distinct from moral) effects of our policies.
3. Current economic turmoil has complicated matters politically. Politics has always been the art of the possible.
4. The Greens were never going to get what they wanted, and knew it.
5. Much depends on Copenhagen.
6. It is also a fact that environmental issues trump economic arrangements, as the second cannot exist without the first being in a sustainable balance.
7. Doing away with capitalism tomorrow wouldn’t make the slightest difference to the environmental problem. Working for change in the kinds of industry we invest in, buy from, consume, depend upon, just might make a difference.
8. What we have is better than what we had pre-2007, but is clearly not enough.
9. We drive the environmental crisis via our lifestyles and demands, even by things like the very computer which enables these assertions.
10. These assertions are open-ended… They are the product of the top of my head, not of research. In common with most people, I haven’t even read the actual proposals as they will be presented to parliament. I have only read blogs and headlines, and heard grabs…