9 things I'd do if I were in government right now

Sustainability, Systems thinking
  1. Remember that reducing use is easier and more effective than increasing supply to meet ‘demand’.
  2. Invest in research (especially algae and solar).
  3. Invest in infrastructure, especially electricity grid, rail, and electric car stations.
  4. Do not build more roads. We have plenty, and cars are getting smaller anyway.
  5. Remove VAT from renovation works. Add VAT to new-builds.
  6. Force higher feed-in tariffs. I don’t mind much if it makes a bubble, it gets us off oil.
  7. Tax aviation fuel at the same rate as locomotive fuel, or higher.
  8. Tax red diesel as a first step on reducing oil use in agriculture, and getting us used to higher food prices (and therefore growing more of our own).
  9. Cancel all nuclear. It’s an unaccountably high risk to take when we’re moving into a very uncertain future.

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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