Derek Osborn's optimistic analysis is also too hopeful by far: in reality other government departments are dismissive of Department of the Environment intentions. One only has to look at the strange interpretation of DoE policies which the Department of Transport presented as evidence on sustainable development to the Heathrow inquiry, as evidence instead that the DoT will not be moved from its role of industry promotion. Add to this the fact that the Department of Trade and Industry has been giving subsidies to car manufacturers to produce more cars, while trying to attract "inward investment".
There is no substitute for a comprehensive strategy to make the maintenance of our basic materials for breathing and living a first priority for government, rather than the pursuit of wealth.
Director 2020 Vision Ltd
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