Durhamborn (and others) - thanks for your contributions to this thread; it has prompted me to take the leap from long-time lurker to first-time poster. I pretty much agree with most of what has been written here.
I saw this letter submitted to the Guardian yesterday - https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/sep/04/green-spending-could-help-rescue-uk-after-debt-crash. This certainly chimes with your thoughts on this topic, Durhamborn. It will be interesting to see if (when) this line of thought starts to make it on to the main pages of the media.