Manchester City’s council leader Richard Leese, went to Copenhagen in 2009, waving a piece of paper, ‘Manchester – A Certain Future‘. Supposedly outlining how Manchester would become a green city and reduce its carbon emissions. It has become a worthless piece of paper, just as Neville Chamberlain’s, ‘Peace in our Time‘, was mocked by Hitler. All the while, he has ignored good examples of how this can be achieved, such as in Freiburg, Germany. Who have managed to embrace renewable energy and energy efficiency, without destroying its historic architecture. Is it because the Greens are the largest party in their town council? Unlike Leese in Manchester, who has cleared acres of social/council housing and historic buildings, to build his energy inefficient ivory towers. Woking, Surrey, is about the only UK town or City, that comes anywhere to Freiburg, in renewable energy and efficiencies. But Richard Leese has delusions of grandeur, which are fuelled by his sycophantic colleagues and business people. And instead of looking towards best practice, just blames other councils for not get their act together.
Germany’s aggressive push for a clean-energy future (+video).