The IEA World Energy Outlook 2021 sets out in very clear terms and stark figures what the world needs to do to keep below an average temperature rise of 1.5C; and how far short we are falling. It envisages the total investment required will have to rise to $4 trillion a year by 2030 to achieve Net Zero by 2050.
G7 countries have contributed most to climate change and it is absurd to claim that they are leading the way in tackling it. The Tory government defends continued oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. So, its message at COP26 will be “do as I say, not as I do”.
The split in the ruling class – between those who want to continue with business as usual and those who will try to find solutions compatible with capital – is sharply apparent in the US. In the EU the current that thinks this crisis can be “managed” with a few adaptations is in charge – indicating what an unjust transition could look like.
The paralysis currently on display in the US is a grim warning to the rest of the Biden agenda. It also illustrates that bipartisanship is used as a weapon against the left to block all social progress.
Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments.
Although the pandemic is the principal issue on all of our minds, we also need to pay attention to other issues that threaten the longevity of our species and of our planet.