Sunday May 2 2016
1 In my post yesterday I wrote this:
And there was Turnbull on Friday doing door stops saying; “Do we want to reduce emissions? Yes we do”. “Do we want renewables? Yes we do”.
“All the time knowing that there is not an environmental scientist or an economist who thinks we have a hope in hell of reducing our emissions to 23% by 2020”.
A person on Facebook was rather critical of me saying that, “it’s all very well to say these things but you need to back it up with a bit of fact”. I replied that much of my ‘Day to Day’ writing (unless I write on a specific topic) is an overview of what is happening in politics on a daily basis. I am not always afforded the time, nor is it the purpose of my blog, to always get into the nitty gritty of singular subjects.
Rather fortuitously though I came across a piece in the Saturday Guardian by Lenore Taylor, who I regard as the best writer on this subject in mainstream media that duplicates my view.
In it she points out that despite Turnbull’s rhetoric that after a year in office the Coalition hasn’t come up with credible national policy. In fact they wanted to abolish altogether a renewable energy target. And they wanted also to abolish the Renewable Energy Commission.
“If we do not take action on the environment and there is no disaster the outcome will be due to luck alone, like someone winning tattslotto”.
She points out the Government’s own officials in a Senate Enquiry last week said they hadn’t done any modelling on how to meet the target Turnbull pledged in Paris for reducing Australia’s emissions out to 2030.
Further, she points to the many reports available and suggests other approaches if the government wants to meet its targets:
“The longer the delays, mired in the grand delusion that his current policy is fit for purpose, and the more he entertains the view of his conservative wing that renewable energy is just some kind of left-wing plot to take the country back to the dark ages, the bigger the economic shock and disruption when Australia finally gets around to doing what it has to”.
As I said Taylor is the best writer on this topic in mainstream media. This view mirrors mine exactly.
2 In the quiet leafy suburb of Elthan in Melbourne Victoria, where I once resided, two groups were meeting. One was welcoming asylum seekers into their suburb and the other protesting their entry.
“The Murdoch News Media and large sections of the Australian Conservative parties are to be congratulated for their successful long term character assassination of those who are different”.
My thought for the day.
“If we’re not raising new generations to be better stewards of the environment, what’s the point?”