Global warming continues losing heat, reports the Independent’s Andrew Grice:
Gordon Brown, Ken Livingstone and 300 Labour councillors were not the only casualties of the local and London elections. No one seems to have noticed, but the other big losers were those people who care about the environment.
We might just look back on May Day 2008 as the moment when the power of green politics peaked and went into reverse. I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it. The reaction of the two main parties to the elections was instructive …
Mr Brown was not alone in relegating the environment to the back burner. David Cameron, the wind in his sails after the elections, held a prime ministerial press conference in which he set out his priorities for government. Significantly, the words “environment” and “climate change” did not appear in his 1,200-word statement.
Treasurer Wayne Swan will unveil an ambitious $2.3 billion climate change program in Tuesday’s budget.
Also in Tuesday’s budget: Swan’s measures to combat scrimshaw piracy, cribbage addiction and pet rock abuse.