facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

World 'crazy' not to go green, London says

March 4, 2011 at 8:59 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, March 4 (UPI) -- It's "crazy" not to put more national focus on a green economy because the costs outweigh the risks, the British climate and energy secretary said.

Chris Huhne, British secretary of state for energy and climate change, in a statement said 21st-century research indicated that human activity was contributing to extreme environmental issues like flooding, volatile weather patterns and warmer temperatures.

He said that even though the United Kingdom was responsible for less than 2 percent of the global carbon emissions, climate change was a top policy agenda because it knows no boundaries.

"Food security, water shortages, environmental refugees; the potential knock-on effects are on a global scale," Huhne said.

He pointed to China as a country that was embracing green energy at about the same rate as its economic growth. On the western coast of the United States, California was pursuing green reforms while the northeast states were moving ahead with renewable energy initiatives.

He said that even though some lawmakers in the United States might not embrace global climate initiatives, there was cause for optimism.

"It would be crazy not to prepare for a low carbon future," he said.

Topics: Chris Huhne
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business Tony Hayward: Kurdish oil sector open for business
2
Pay up, Gazprom tells Ukraine Pay up, Gazprom tells Ukraine
3
Rheinmetall, KBR in joint venture bid for British defense entity
4
Creator of 'Honey Badger Don't Care' brand sues for trademark infringement Creator of 'Honey Badger Don't Care' brand sues for trademark infringement
5
Starbucks testing smaller Frappuccinos Starbucks testing smaller Frappuccinos
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback