Greens Surging across Europe

farnaby

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Interesting article in the Sunday Independent by Colm McCarthy in which he seems to argue that Ireland should not be blamed for its food production as the vast majority of it is exported and consumed elsewhere.

The parallel he uses is Saudi Arabia which is not blamed for its oil production.

That oil is blamed on the countries in which the oil is consumed.
The majority of emissions from butter come from production; the majority of emissions from oil are during consumption. So the there is a logic to the difference of treatment.

However I'd agree that ultimately it is demand for emission-heavy products that drives emissions upwards, so giving the consuming country responsibility for the emissions makes more practical sense.

This means that we are responsible for the emissions of all the stuff we consume that was originally manufactured in China, and China bears a lot less responsibility than it is currently measured to bear.
 


farnaby

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Green Party successes in France and Germany, with Greens joining Governments in Austria and Ireland.

Seems to be an outcome of climate consciousness.


Interesting comments on the trend for Greens to form coalitions with conservative parties.

it’s also a sign that the climate issue has become so mainstream in Europe that even the bona fide right-wingers are embracing it
Which should be no surprise - old-school conservatives are drawn to themes like conservation and preservation, and locally-focused stewardship of the environment (e.g. Roger Scruton). Most would argue that these approaches aren't going to move the needle sufficiently but at least there's some commonality of objectives compared with the usual left vs right incommensurability.
 

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Just to add that the Greens in Scotland are likely to take 9 seats in next years Holyrood election
 


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