The current Arab revolution is a hugely fascinating powder keg whose ramifications are many. Beyond the political rhetoric of the West – the subtle ‘I told you so, folks, democracy is the only answer’ of leaders – the very real realities are starting to hit home, primarily the surge in oil prices. The Observer has run an interesting piece on the UK’s rapid desire to embrace the green initiative, because it’s now financially imperative and the government has reason to be worried.
Say what you will about the new coalition leadership of Cameron and Clegg, but these guys have certainly rolled up their shirt sleeves and gotten ‘stuck in’ to an inherited country that is arguably in its worst shape since the war. Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, told The Observer “We cannot afford to go on relying on such a volatile source of energy when we can have clean, green and secure energy from low-carbon sources,” and for once you get the feeling that the government means it. So much so, that Cameron’s new green initiative includes building new, low carbon homes starting next year, and perhaps the biggest boon of all — getting organization like Greenpeace to monitor government developments in every department with environmental targets.
The new economic global leading light, China, was also mentioned in a speech by Huhne, describing the country’s rapid move to nuclear and solar energies, “They have the highest installed hydro-capacity and the most solar water heaters in the world. And they are forging ahead on wind power. So China knows what’s coming.” Indeed they do. But, they also have a healthy, growing economy that is enabling the country to better pursue these green developments. Nonetheless, the UK government’s deadlines for these new initiatives are very tight and they seem prepared to stick their necks out publically to meet them. We shall see.