Its welcome news that the new government is abandoning plans for a 3rd runway at Heathrow. But the fundamental issue is unaddressed.
The neoliberals gathered around the Cabinet table (They’re neoliberals to a man – even Huhne is basically a downtheline Orange-Booker) want nothing more than to restart economic growth. (Of course, their mad rush to cut cut cut may create a recession or even a (disastrous) Depression for a while, rather than, as Greens wish to do, stabilising the economy; but sooner or later, they will probably succeed in starting up the conveyor belt of ‘economic growth’ once more.) Their economic desires run exactly counter to their environmental desires.
This is one of the key reasons why I quite the LibDems, and joined the Greens, a decade ago. This governing coalition has no more clue than Labour does about the fundamental constraint: that you can’t keep growing the cake, because the ingredients are running out, and the bins are all overflowing…
We can have prosperity without growth; but we cannot have environmental sanity with growth.