Sorry guys, but personal matters keep me from blogging. so more thread for discussion. Let’s talk about the state of politics in Australia. Some food for thought:
Clive Hamilton has a great essay on The Conversation on why Australia’s politicians have turned their backs on the climate change issue:
The truth is the Australian public does not know what it wants its government to do on climate change. A large majority wants it to do something, but the government seems to lose support whenever it does anything. The only notable exception (and perhaps because many people don’t know it exists) is the Renewable Energy Target, first introduced by the Howard Government as a sop to public anxiety. For any political leader unwilling to exercise leadership on the issue, trying to respond to climate change leaves them uncertain which way to turn
Which is all the more interesting as Australia has experienced it’s hottest 12 month period:
It’s official, the past 12 months have been the hottest in Australia for more than a hundred years. Temperatures averaged across Australia between September 2012 and August 2013 were hotter than any year since good records began in 1910. The previous record was held by the 12-month period from February 2005 to January 2006.
While Tony Abbott has stated he will abandon emissions targets:
Amid its bitter campaign against the carbon price the Coalition has maintained one significant foundation – ”we may hate the method, but we will achieve the same outcome”.
That outcome is at least a 5 per cent cut to emissions by decade’s end on 2000 levels, and more ambitious reductions if the world takes actions to curb climate change. These targets have enjoyed bipartisan support for about five years.But in his National Press Club address on Monday, Tony Abbott has cast doubt on his commitment to these goals. And he has lifted the lid on one of the fundamental risks of his ”direct action” alternative to an emissions trading scheme.
Abbott told the audience the Coalition would not increase its spending on cutting carbon dioxide under direct action, even if its efforts were going to fall short of what is needed to meet the 2020 target.
”The bottom line is we will spend as much as we have budgeted, no more and no less. We will get as much environmental improvement, as much emissions reduction as we can for the spending that we’ve budgeted,” he said.
Such is the state of politics down under.
I’ll be honest, not having to take an active part in the debate the moment is a blessing.
Note: remember to keep the debate friendly, I’ll be watching comments closely.