Reading the British papers today there is a general consensus that the Stern review has changed the political landscape over climate change. Those who have long argued for inaction have finally run out of excuses. The debate about climate change is over. Now is the time for action.
According to the Independent “what Sir Nicholas Stern has done with his report on the economics of climate change is remarkable: he has ripped up the last excuse for inaction.”
The Guardian echoes this: “The argument is now over … The overwhelming message of yesterday’s much-leaked Stern review on the economics of climate change is that it is now time to move on from arguing about statistics to taking drastic action at an international level”.
The Times is remarkably similar: “The science debate is effectively over. The Stern review means that the economic debate is all but over. Only the political debate is left”.
Whilst the political debate in Britain is raging, there has been largely silence from the White House. Even in this last bastion of climate change skepticism, life may change forever after the November elections. With a Democratic majority, even the US could start to act. The times really could be a changing. About time too..