A citizens’ assembly is the wrong way to tackle climate change

first_img City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. whatsapp Last week, our interim energy minister signed into law the UK’s commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. It’s heartening that politicians in Westminster now regularly acknowledge climate change as a challenge in need of confronting. But this strategy is totally inadequate.  To help parliament in its search for solutions, no fewer than six select committees recently joined forces to announce their plan for a citizens’ assembly on how to bring Britain’s emissions down to net-zero by 2050. The above are all pathologies of citizens’ assemblies in general, but these are particularly problematic when it comes to climate change. The environment is necessarily a specialist subject, where scientific and economic expertise truly matters.  That was the easy part – achieving it will be more challenging. Tuesday 2 July 2019 4:01 am Opinion At face value, they seem an attractive strategy for solving important and controversial issues that require long-term, cross-party effort. But scratch beneath the surface and the efficacy and judiciousness of citizens’ assemblies quickly dissolves.  It is impossible to achieve a fully representative sample of the population, considering everything from disabilities to sexuality to levels of saving.  My expert might be your imbecile, yet there isn’t a conclusive way of accounting for this to ensure that fair and objective information is afforded to participants to allow them to reach more rational conclusions. Consider the 2018 social care assembly: overrepresented groups included men, older people, and ethnic minorities, while northerners were underrepresented by a full seven per cent, as were (to a lesser extent) those from C2DE social grades.  And by their very nature, citizens’ assemblies will fail to represent people who have better things to do than to give up their free time to discuss policy issues with random strangers. This is widely acknowledged to be the most efficient way to cut emissions. It would charge individuals for the pollution they are responsible for, incentivising them through the price system towards adopting cleaner, greener lifestyles. Other market-led initiatives, like road pricing, or reforming agricultural subsidies, would also help nudge the UK closer to net-zero. Once the sample has been selected, participants are presented with evidence, often by specialist experts. But in a world seemingly rife with “lies, damned lies and statistics”, who’s to say how evidence should be exhibited to members of the assembly?  Instead of passing the buck because the issue is too politically thorny to address, MPs should follow the advice of economists across the world and introduce a border-adjusted carbon tax.  Citizens’ assemblies are congregations of randomly selected individuals, who are brought together to learn about an issue and recommend how to fix it. They are used around the world, and although uncommon in the UK, there is precedent for using them here – in 2018, over the course of two weekends, 47 people convened in Birmingham to deliberate upon the future of social care in England.  The idea that ordinary folk should be trusted to make evidenced judgements on the minutiae of how to eradicate hundreds of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases a year from the UK economy is fanciful. First, there are difficulties with the set-up. In theory, a citizens’ assembly is a microcosm of society, perfectly representing the nation’s rich tapestry of different perspectives and walks of life. The reality is somewhat different.  Indeed, citizens’ assemblies appear to be in vogue. Before being knocked out of the Tory leadership race, Rory Stewart included one in his strategy to help break the Brexit impasse.  A citizens’ assembly is the wrong way to tackle climate change On an issue as important as climate change, MPs should be leading from the front – not abdicating responsibility to a handful of unsuspecting individuals. From one citizen to another, let’s drop the idea that an assembly will solve global warming. Eamonn IvesEamonn Ives is a researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies. He tweets @EamonnIves. TRURO, UNITED KINGDOM – JULY 07: A construction worker checks the tension of solar panels erected at Weighbridge, Wheal Jane, Baldhu on July 7, 2011 near Truro, England. A ceremony was held today to mark the connection of the 1.4kw solar farm, which on a 6.2 acre plot is the first in the South West and biggest in the UK to date, using 5,680 panels. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images) Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. 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Rory Stewart wants to set up City of London embassies across EU

first_img Rory Stewart believes as mayor of London he could play a role in fighting for greater access to European markets for the financial services sector post-Brexit. (AFP via Getty Images) whatsapp The ex-international development secretary is running as an independent mayoral candidate in the May election, after having the Conservative whip removed last year over his opposition to a no-deal Brexit. whatsapp Speaking to City A.M., a Stewart spokesperson said it was vital for the Square Mile to stay closely in touch with the EU as Britain diverges from EU regulations. Stefan Boscia Rory Stewart believes as mayor of London he could play a role in fighting for greater access to European markets for the financial services sector post-Brexit. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Rory Stewart wants to set up City of London embassies across EU Share Stewart believes as mayor of London he could play a role in fighting for greater access to European markets for the financial services sector post-Brexit. The Financial Times reported today that he wanted to do this by setting up City of London embassies to make “very, very detailed arguments around financial services”. He said they would be similar to Sadiq Khan’s European office in Brussels, which operates to lobby London’s interests among EU member states, and would be located in cities such as Berlin, Paris and Warsaw.center_img “It’s about providing the facility, the kudos, the legitimacy, authority and expertise in those areas to win those arguments because we have to win the argument now,” he said. City of London embassies will be set up across EU capital if Rory Stewart is elected mayor of London. They said: “It’s something Rory has been thinking about for a while, but he recently had a roundtable with bodies such as CityUK and the Association of British Insurers – who talked about how essential they thought this function was, and how supportive they’d be.” Rory Stewart believes as mayor of London he could play a role in fighting for greater access to European markets for the financial services sector post-Brexit. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Rory Stewart wants to set up City of London embassies across EU Sunday 16 February 2020 5:00 pm Rory Stewart wants to set up City of London embassies across EU Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partnerslast_img read more

Shaun Bailey vows to restore Freedom Pass in London mayor bid

first_imgKhan added that it was not his intention to scrap the Freedom Pass permanently, but a requirement as part of a government funding deal for TfL. “[Khan] will not entertain the removal of the older person’s Freedom Pass. This is scaremongering on the part of Bailey and he should know better than to use this issue as a pawn in his political game”. A spokesperson for the mayor told City A.M: “Shaun Bailey has exposed just how little he knows about free travel for older Londoners. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Also Read: Shaun Bailey vows to restore free travel for pensioners in London mayor bid Tuesday 27 October 2020 1:52 pm But Khan hit back at Bailey’s claims, accusing the mayoral candidate of “scaremongering” for political gain. The Conservative candidate added that the pay freeze would not affect the lowest paid TfL staff. The Conservative party candidate told City A.M. he has pledged to reinstate free travel for people over the age of 66, after it was suspended in June as the coronavirus crisis crippled finances at Transport for London (TfL).  McMahon said: “If the government gives financial support to the privately operated rail network, it is inconceivable that it does not do the same for publicly owned transport providers like TfL, which need long-term secure funding during what could be a lengthy period in which they won’t be able to operate at full capacity.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USADefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definitionbonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald Shaun Bailey vows to restore free travel for pensioners in London mayor bid The transport body also halted free travel for 60-plus card holders at peak times, while the suspension of free bus and tram travel for under-18s has been postponed until the spring. “In these challenging times, it’s our duty to look after the elderly. We cannot allow them to become isolated, unable to travel to doctors appointments or to see their friends and family,” he added. Poppy Wood Share TfL crunch talks whatsapp Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon told City A.M. it was “extremely worrying that despite repeated requests, the government is offering only a papering-over-the-cracks funding package for TfL, with such punitive conditions.” Khan has asked for just shy of £5bn to keep the network running for the next 18 months. A previous support package of £1.6bn signed in May to prop up TfL throughout the pandemic is understood to have run dry. The highest earner on last year’s pay roll on a salary of almost £520,000 was Mike Brown, the former TfL chief executive who was controversially awarded in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Business bodies last week blasted the government’s demands for a potential bailout as a “mockery”, accusing ministers of “railroading” policy through while the transport network is on its knees during the pandemic. More than 550 TfL staff are currently on salaries of £100,000 or more, including 53 employees who earn more than £150,000 a year. whatsapp Khan said he “cannot accept” conditions attached to Whitehall’s proposed bailout, which he claims include an extension to the congestion charge, above-inflation fare hikes and a back-door increase to Londoners’ Council Tax bills. Bailey today said the decision “has stripped the most vulnerable Londoners of their ability to get around”, as he laid his case to replace Labour mayor Khan in next year’s election. 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The suspension of the Freedom Pass clearly shows the effect that mismanagement has on the services Londoners need,” the mayoral candidate said. Bailey said he would roll out a two-year pay freeze for TfL staff earning more than £51,000 a year — around half of the transport body’s employees — in a bid to shore up more than £25m for the scheme.  It comes as central government and TfL have been locked in negotiations over a settlement to plug a multi-billion pound hole in the transport body’s finances, after lockdown regulations hammered revenues across the network. The mayor last week accused the government of “lying” and playing “party political games” during bailout talks, sparking a tit-for-tat with the Prime Minister over the future of the ailing transport network. (Getty Images) Also Read: Shaun Bailey vows to restore free travel for pensioners in London mayor bid London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey has vowed to restore the Freedom Pass if elected as Sadiq Khan’s replacement in the 2021 mayoral election. Show Comments ▼ (Getty Images) Also Read: Shaun Bailey vows to restore free travel for pensioners in London mayor bid Tags: Coronavirus Sadiq Khanlast_img read more

NEW PODCAST: Thoughts on the Future of the Container

first_img Have you heard of the internet of container things? Well, in the not too distant future, containers could have their own IP addresses, and communicate with cargo owners, carriers and forwarders, thinks Jim Whalen, president of the Asia region for ocean freight electronic marketplace provider INTTRA.He specifies the benefits, as well as the challenges – which include who should pay, and how it will work. Mr Whalen argues that joint investment will lead to a neutral platform, to the benefit of the freight industry and its customers.“When you look at new mobile technologies, they afford you that visibility, not just for reefer but also for dry containers.“There’s the big question of where’s my container, but there are also issues such as theft and the safety of the container that would see benefits,” Mr Whalen says. Find out more about tomorrow’s world in our latest Podcast.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By Gavin van Marle 26/09/2016last_img read more

Three well-known snooker players coming to Laois for exhibition

first_img TAGSMidlands Park Hotelsnooker Three well-known snooker players coming to Laois for exhibition Council Pinterest Community Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 9th January 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Three of the world’s most known snooker players will be coming to Portlaoise later this month.On January 26, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty and John Virgo will be in the Midlands Park Hotel for a special exhibition night.Ken Doherty won the World Championships in 1997 while Dennis Taylor achieved the feat two years previous.He defeated Steve Davis in a final that was watched by more than 18 million people.Former UK champion John Virgo, who is now a pundit on the BBC will also be there.He will provide running commentary on the night and will also showcase some of his trick shots.Tickets for the event are €25 and they are available from reception in the Midlands Park Hotel or online at they are said to be selling out fast so anyone wishing to go should book tickets now in order to avoid disappointment.SEE ALSO – Laois stallion farm set to open doors to public this week Twitter Community Previous articleNew candidate among nominees for Fine Gael Local Election convention in Borris-In-Ossory/MountmellickNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home Sport Other Sport Three well-known snooker players coming to Laois for exhibition SportOther Sport Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Citizens’ Alliance Demonstrates for Passage of Act

first_img News A major South Korean human rights group piled pressure onthe National Assembly today as it sought to persuade domestic lawmakers to ditch partisan politics and pass the North Korea Human Rights Act,which has been stalled in the legislative process for almost a decade. Citizens’ Alliance for North KoreanHuman Rights launched its three-day event at Gwanghwamun in the center of Seoul, bringing a total of 60 staff and supporters out onto the streets. Members first protested in silence for 20 minutes, before taking up picket signs to march through nearbyJongro and into Seoul’s traditional shopping district, Insadong.According to 22-year old participant Kim Soo Young, “There is a lot of protesting for its own sake going on [inSouth Korean politics], so the passage of the North Korean Human Rights Act doesn’t look easy.” However, “[The Act] should be dealt with purely as a humanrights matter; if it were to fail for political reasons that would be really lamentable.”“There is a growing popular sense of the seriousness of the NorthKorean human rights problem and the need for the North Korean Human Rights Act,”Kim went on. “It would be good to see greater effort and more moves to help NorthKorean human rights from within South Korea, so that [North Korean people anddefectors in South Korea] can take hope.”Citizens’ Alliance will be taking the three-day program of demonstrations to City Hall on the 13th and then Shinchon in westernSeoul on the 14th. On both occasions, events will begin at 11:40am. By Daily NK – 2014.02.12 5:08pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News The march went through Jongro to Insadong, a traditional shopping district. | Image: Daily NK Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China SHAREcenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Citizens’ Alliance Demonstrates for Passage of Act RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Citizens’ Alliance speaks in silence at today’s event | Image: Daily NK AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

Basel Committee revises G-SIB assessment methodology

first_imgJames Langton How should banks allocate capital for crypto? The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision on Thursday released its revised process for assessing which big banks will be treated as global systemically important banks (G-SIBs), which are subject to tougher capital requirements and closer oversight.Among other changes, the committee agreed to introduce a trading volume indicator, to extend the scope of consolidation to insurance subsidiaries, and to revise banks’ disclosure requirements. When regulators adopted the G-SIB framework in 2011 they pledged to review, and update it, every three years. The changes announced Thursday represent the results of the first triennial review.“There is general recognition that the framework is meeting its primary objective of requiring G-SIBs to hold higher capital buffers and providing incentives for such firms to reduce their systemic importance,” the committee says in a news release.The next review of the G-SIB framework will be undertaken by 2021. OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Keywords Banking industryCompanies Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Related news Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Port of Vancouver USA welcomes USNS Fisher

first_imgPort of Vancouver USA welcomes USNS FisherPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, December 18, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 The ship will be docked at the port’s berths 13 and 14 and will offer an impressive sight to river users and those able to view it from the Oregon side of the Columbia RiverVANCOUVER – The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the USNS Fisher, a vessel with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on Dec. 12 for a stay of approximately nine months, as the temporary home port for the 951-foot long vessel. The ship will be docked at the port’s berths 13 and 14 and will offer an impressive sight to river users and those able to view it from the Oregon side of the Columbia River.Photo courtesy of Port of Vancouver USAPhoto courtesy of Port of Vancouver USASimilar to the USNS Brittin which stayed at port earlier this year, the USNS Fisher is a large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off vehicle cargo ship, ideal for the rapid loading and off-loading of Army wheeled and tracked vehicles, as well as other outsized Army equipment. MSC operates approximately 125 civilian-crewed ships, like the USNS Fisher, that replenish U.S. Navy ships. Some of the activities conducted by the command includes specialized missions, strategic pre-positioning combat cargo at sea and moving military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.“For the Port of Vancouver to host the USNS Fisher for an extended period of time is an honor and shows the aptitude of the port and the capabilities of the Columbia River,” said Alex Strogen, chief commercial officer, Port of Vancouver USA. “With a 43-foot shipping channel and the infrastructure capable of safely mooring the vessel, supplying necessary utilities and the low-cost of electricity in this area, the Port of Vancouver USA is a dynamic establishment that builds upon the Columbia River’s international maritime hub.”Christened in 1997, the ship was named for Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher who were major philanthropists and supporters for the men and women in the United States Armed Forces and their families. Mr. Fisher utilized his real estate and building skills to assist the U.S. Coastal Service in the construction of coastal fortifications which began a lifelong patronage of U.S. Armed Forces. Over the course of Mr. Fisher’s life, he supported a vast array of charitable organizations throughout the United States and helped established numerous foundations, including the Fisher House Foundation and Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. He received several of the highest awards that a civilian can receive from each branch of the military, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. To learn more about Mr. Fisher’s legacy, visit USNS Fisher is expected to remain docked at the port for the next nine months. For more information about the USNS Fisher or the Navy’s Military Sealift Command, visit is placeholder textTags:Clark Countyshare 0 Previous : City of Battle Ground supports North County Community Food Bank and Battle Ground Healthcare Next : Woodland Public Schools’ K-4 students will return to hybrid in-person learning starting Jan. 5AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

The Mercedes-Benz SL is forecast to get a lot more serious

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The next-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class will lose a bunch of weight, take on way more aggressive styling, and come with more power than ever before, topping out at more than 800 horsepower courtesy an e-motor-assisted 4.0-litre V8, according to a report from Automobile magazine.A mostly-aluminum platform will help the SL-Class shed some 150 kg, the publication has apparently found out, even though cabin room will be expanded thanks to a stretched wheelbase. If the SL ends up under the Mercedes-AMG banner, a small 2+2-style back seat will help set it apart from its AMG GT sibling. A multi-layer soft top is expected to return for the first time since 2001, and active stabilizers, rear-wheel steering and AWD all point to a performance focus.Styling-wise, expect a much meaner look, with large intakes, lots of vents and aggressive headlights. Clashing with rumours reported last April by Autocar magazine, Automobile says it’s heard the base SL 43 will start with a 435-horsepower 3.0-litre inline-six mated to a 20-horsepower mild hybrid system. The SL 53 and SL 63 would be similarly hybridized, though the powerplant there would be a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, making 522 horsepower in the SL 53 and 612 in the SL 63. Trending Videos It could be a while before it can be sorted exactly which rumours prove true and which ring false. If the next-gen SL does indeed debut as a 2021 model, at the earliest a prototype would bow a year or two from now. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. See More Videos RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzSLNews At the top of the model range, says the Mercedes insider tapped by the magazine, will be an SL 73, also with a 612-horsepower V8, but one mated to a 204-horsepower e-motor inspired by the one driving the AMG Project One. That rumour makes sense considering Automobile long ago reported that overall next-gen SL-Class development had been assigned to AMG specifically.  Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Video: What would your Olympic sport be?

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 16, 2018 Olympic excitement is in the air, and we took the opportunity to ask Buffs on campus what sport they’d compete in if they were Olympians. See what they had to say.Categories:AthleticsCampus Communitylast_img