When Greg Hunt chose Christmas Eve to release the ‘Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’ it was obvious the news was bad.
In the year to June 2015, electricity emissions jumped by 3%. Emissions overall jumped 1.3% and, even if you use all Hunt’s accounting tricks and don’t count deforestation and land use clearing, emissions still went up by 0.8%.
It would have been higher except for a 3.4% drop in agricultural emissions due to a significant reduction in sheep and cattle numbers and some crops due to drought.
The effect of the Coalition’s policies was to increase the use of brown coal by 9.7% in one year and to decrease hydro-electric power by 30.3%.
As experts call for a moratorium on any new coal mines worldwide, we can always count on the member for Dawson, George Christensen, to add his special brand of ‘wisdom’ to the debate.
“Abbott Point adds nothing to Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions. To state the bleeding obvious the coal is being exported out of Abbott point coal terminal it’s not being burnt at Abbott point, it’s being burnt by another country – India,” Mr Christensen said.
“We’re not responsible for Australian goods that are exported overseas and that are then used to produce carbon dioxide emissions.”
When a young boy shot and killed a man in Parramatta recently, the man who provided him with the gun was arrested. He must share in the culpability of this crime. The people who are giving arms to terrorists must share in the blame of the atrocities they commit.
We are the ones to blame if we allow our coal to be dug up and sold. Not only is the Adani project being given approval, Gina Rinehart and her GVK partners (of wedding party fame) won a court action against their Alpha mine in September, with the challengers, Coast and Country on behalf of three farmers, being ordered to pay the billionaire’s court costs.
Christensen’s attitude is typical of the Liberal Party. Short term thinking, no consideration of consequences, and a total disregard for the well-being of others. It’s all about the money.