By Keith Antonysen
If I believed in conspiracy theories, I’d be believing that on climate change the National Party and Liberal Party are playing good cop/bad cop. The Nationals can be seen as the bad cops on the basis of a number of their politicians own shares in fossil fuel corporations, or they have received benefits from generous corporations; creating a conflict of interest. Also, the Nats will hardly countenance net zero in 2050. The Liberals appear to be doing all they can to produce a policy that will be accepted in Glasgow. But, in the background the LNP are trying to reduce the stringency of goals decided at Glasgow.
Those hyperlinks come from a leaked IPCC Report to be published early next year. Meaningful sentences from the leaked Report are – “Mitigation and development goals cannot be met through incremental change”, hence using gas as a transitional means to get to net zero does not fit in with what scientists are saying. “Delayed action increases challenges to both economic and societal feasibility after 2030”, which would appear to mean a breakdown in society in a number of countries. Not only are security matters seen as paramount, health is also seen as an issue for millions of people.
Scientists leaked the IPCC Report on the basis that it would be a white washed by governments. Scientist have stated: “Concerned that aspects of its conclusions will be diluted by policymakers, a group of scientists has leaked a draft of a forthcoming IPCC report, which argues that to avert further climate chaos, global carbon emissions must peak by 2025 and all fossil fuel plants worldwide must be shuttered by the end of the decade.”
At any rate, the flurry of activity displays how the LNP do not have any policy to speak of, apart from try and stymie the Glasgow COP, a strategy used by them in past meetings. There are governments with fossil fuel or meat export interests that are currently trying to stifle a Glasgow agreement; stacked against climate scientists stating we do not have time for such dangerous antics.
A passing thought, Professor Richard Alley has found abrupt climate change displayed in ice cores has happened in a 10 year period or even less time.
Keith Antonysen has been researching climate change for decades. Apart from reading about climate science, Keith also views pseudo-science presented by contrarians. It seems that the material referenced by contrarians is continually recycled. Immense problems will be created unless real efforts are made to thwart the worst climate can throw at us. Nature bats last.
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