Yes, we’ll fix the climate, but not just now

Independent, 3 January 2015:

Amol Rajan asks: “How can you get global co-operation on climate change when the economics of it are so unpredictable?” (Letter from the Editor, 27 December) The economics of energy supply will remain unpredictable for as long as we rely on internationally traded commodities (fossil fuels) which are subject to regional geopolitics and politically inspired decisions about supply and demand.

The situation is made even more uncertain by the fact that supplies are eventually going to run out, and may well be stranded in situ long before that if rapidly worsening climate change forces worldwide decarbonisation.

This should be compared with renewable sources of energy, where the price is predictable and the supply is inexhaustible, locally produced, and non-polluting. Maybe the question should be: “How can you hope to have economic stability until the issue of climate change is settled?”

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire