29 Nov '11, 8pm
#WWF blog: Chancellor has taken wrong direction for our planet's future. #AS2011
Here’s what the Chancellor, George Osborne, said today: “If we burden [British businesses] with endless social and environmental goals - however worthy in their own right - then not only will we not achieve those goals, but the businesses will fail, jobs will be lost, and our country will be poorer.” We should start by saying we think it’s great that the government has decided to invest in UK industry and infrastructure - but what we object to is the lazy and backward-looking choices of investment, specifically roads, air travel and other high-carbon fossil fuel-hungry industries. If ever there was a time for positive change - a chance to reward businesses that are showing ambition and helping build a new post-carbon industrial age, it’s now. But today the government has chosen to waste that chance and gamble on limited, blinkered short-term growth founded on old thinking ...