GREG'S LEGACY

Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

The energy crisis is upon us.

with 3 comments


Economist Ross Garnaut’s interim report on climate change, released today after being commissioned by Kevin Rudd and his colleagues while in opposition last year, has recommended Australia should attempt to exceed the current 2050 target for cutting emissions from 60% to 90%. What a joke!

The full text report is available here.

Already, Climate Change Minister, Penny Wong, has distanced the government from the report saying the Garnaut report was one of a number of inputs the Government would consider in formulating a response to global warming. In Bali, Kevin Rudd indicated it was to be the gospel according to the new government.

Well, golly gee, with Australia’s economy dependent upon the export of coal to China et al at $100 tonne (the same price as a barrel of oil … I wonder which $100 produces the most energy), we can all relax if we reduce emissions in Australia by 90% even though our coal and gas is being burned in ever increasing quantities in China and India.

How can greedy western democracies ever hope to mitigate the problem when the sheer weight of numbers in China – with its totalitarian government – continue their modernisation plan.

The future is dependent upon the direction China takes. They don’t have to convince the electorate. They govern by decree. If China choses to reduce emissions by 90%, the rest of the world will follow. If not, the game is over.

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Written by Greg Naylor

21 February 2008 at 10:34 pm

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  1. well we can hardly absolve ourselves of responsibility if the Chinese are burning coal that came out of our mines now can we?

    kryptosporidian

    22 February 2008 at 11:30 pm

  2. I agree. The mining industry should be required to pay for the carbon emissions of their product just like general industry will be required to do. That would make the coal more expensive to the end user – as it should be. I bet they will be granted an exemption

    Greg Naylor

    23 February 2008 at 3:50 pm

  3. well of course they will, and if you trace it back, it all comes down to political donations/ contributions.
    It is disturbing how easily our leaders can be bought, rented or hired.

    kryptosporidian

    23 February 2008 at 5:56 pm


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