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15th-Dec-2008 02:32 pm
eureka
The Australian Labor Party was elected last year, partly on a promise to drop greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. This was widely viewed as not nearly enough, but it was still substantially better that what the other party was offering (a kick in the testicles if I remember rightly).

Today, our prime minister, Kevin Rudd, stood up in front of the country, and the world, and said that we'd be cutting emissions by 5% of 2000 levels by 2020. Five per cent. I mean, why even bother? It seems to me that its going to hurt big business while infuriating everyone else, and yet doing pretty much nothing to save the world.

And also note the language. What does "5% of 2000 levels" mean? Australia's output of greenhouse gasses has risen by more than that since 2000 already, so are we going to introduce measures to make us slightly dirtier than we were eight years ago?

Mr Rudd has also said that we might go as high as 15% as long as the rest of the world does too. What is this, a Mexican Standoff? Just do the right thing and then worry about getting the others to follow. Note that Europe has already promised 20% cuts in the same period. The amount Mr Rudd originally promised, coincidentally enough.

This is ridiculous. I'd wish for Labor to be booted out on its ear next election, but that would just put their more conservative partners back in power, and they're even worse. I despair, I really do.
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15th-Dec-2008 04:58 am (UTC)
This is a day of shame for all Australians who believe that we need to tackle Climate Change. This government has totally failed to live up to my expectations.
15th-Dec-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
I feel the same, Australian politics is in the shitter, the two big parties are bad and worse.
15th-Dec-2008 08:11 am (UTC)
I can't stand Kevin Rudd.
He has this knack of convincing Australians that he's acting to change things when he's really just talking and talking and when he does do something, like this, it's so small. But most Australians who watch the news and look no further assume that he's trying to change the world.
I never voted for him and I'd be embarassed if I had been sucked in by his pre election advertising campaign which was nothing more than propaganda.
Give me a budget surplus and a stable economy under the Liberal Party any day.
15th-Dec-2008 08:53 am (UTC)
Ridiculous. Plenty of other countries are willing to try, why not us?
15th-Dec-2008 10:28 am (UTC)
"Mr Rudd has also said that we might go as high as 15% as long as the rest of the world does too. What is this, a Mexican Standoff? Just do the right thing and then worry about getting the others to follow."

The real world does not work like this. Get a clue.
15th-Dec-2008 10:44 am (UTC)
A 5% reduction will probably occur as a result of the slowing economy.

Though to be fair, it's hard to put the blame solely on the goverment. We are all responsible for our own consumption, and getting the general public to not only acknowledge this, but make significant changes to their lifestyles, would have the added benefit of having a flow on effect to industry. Improved public tranpsort and more environmentally friendly houses (rather than glass and steel designer hot-houses) would be a significant start.
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