REMARKS BY TOM BURKE CBE AT THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY CLIMATE CHANGE GROUP (APPCCG), COMMITTEE ROOM 12, HOUSE OF COMMONS, WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2013.
This is excellent remarks by Tom Burke former adviser to a number of UK Conservative Secretary of States for the Environment on the challenge for climate change made to the UK All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group There are a number of ways in which climate change is unusual among the problems we face. We know exactly what we need to do to solve it. And we know exactly when we need to do it by. We need to keep the rise in global temperature below 2°C. To do this we need to achieve a carbon neutral global energy system by about the middle of the century. This is not a technology problem. We have all the technology we need to solve the problem now and we will have a lot more low carbon technologies as the century advances. Nor is it an economic problem. We will not wreck the global economy by making our energy system net zero carbon emissions. The additional costs of getting there will be primarily met by what we do not spend on fossil fuels. We do, however, have