Why we look like we’re doomed to fail

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Larry Elliott, writing in the Guardian this morning, summarises exactly why human life on our planet faces an existential threat:

In their different ways, the cases of Flybe and HS2 tell us much about modern Britain. When it comes to making decisions, the short term triumphs over the long term every time, especially when a powerful corporate lobby gets to work. Ministers say they see no contradiction between a growing economy and protecting the environment, and proudly boast that they are pledged to make Britain a net zero-carbon economy.

But that happy day is not planned to arrive until 2050. If the rest of the world follows Britain’s example, that will be a couple of decades too late.

There is really not a lot to add to that.