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London Mayoral elections – vote Ken.

by Shaun Chamberlin on April 30th, 2008

Ken Livingstone
Vote for Ken Livingstone – the future of our world may depend on it.

Having worked with the Energy and Climate Change teams at City Hall it’s clear that they’re desperate for Ken to win another term, although for obvious reasons they won’t say it openly. Love him or loathe him, he’s one of very few politicians treating climate change with the ultimate seriousness it deserves.

Ken’s target of a 60% emissions reduction for London by 2025 is only a target but it is already making a serious difference in moving the political discussion of the topic three steps forward, not least as he admits it can’t be achieved without a national carbon rationing system.

And he is also pushing through a lot to make achieving his targets feasible (eg following Woking’s excellent example on Combined Heat and Power). He’s also heavily involved with an international coalition of City Mayors working to speed the response to the issue.

Boris seems to have nothing on climate change. Yet again he’s adopting the “it might be unpopular in the short term” position, despite the fact that this issue is rapidly moving to overwhelm all others.

Sian Berry is, of course, the ‘Greenest’ candidate, but she is urging her supporters to give Ken their second vote, in recognition of the disaster it would be if Boris Johnson were able to destroy London’s position as an international leader in responding to climate change.

I believe it’s important for the whole planet that Ken wins this one, not just we Londoners.

  1.  Pritesh says:
    12 May, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    I didn’t get myself organised to vote because I couldn’t seriously believe Boris might win. Wish I had now…

  2.  Jonny says:
    28 May, 2008 at 10:56 am

    This is also the chap who arranged for cheap fuel for busses to be supplied by Venezuela. Thus meaning that schoolkids who could otherwise have walked or cycled to school now sit on busses. I’m definitley not pro-boris but I’m not sure I’m pro-Ken either.

  3.  Shaun Chamberlin says:
    29 May, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    As I understand it, the deal (before Boris Johnson recently killed it) provided cheaper fuel for London’s buses in return for the Greater London Authority advising Venezuela on recycling, waste management, traffic and reducing carbon emissions.

    With Peak Oil coming increasingly close to home in the form of the building protests over fuel prices I’d argue this was far-sighted of Ken, and I believe supporting public transport is a very good thing. The main effect of better and cheaper public transport is to move people out of cars, not off their feet.

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