Aslan Shand, acting editor
Yet another IPCC report has come out on the dire circumstances of the planet from human burning of fossil fuels, this time with a particular focus on our oceans. As Rolling Stone put it ‘UN Climate Report: Oceans Also F-cked’
The question is, who has profited from burning fossil fuels? Those currently hoarding the wealth and profit from the extraction of fossil fuels at the cost of the world include Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer, Adani, the Saudi Royals – the list goes on.
They hoard extreme wealth but it is the world in general which will pay the price. It is not just the price of the environmental disaster we are watching play out in front of us. It is also the price that the ‘quiet Australians’ will pay to fix the bloody mess because of the moral corruption of our pious goddamned leaders.
To create a few parallels – Australia not only extracts coal but it also extracts uranium to export for energy production and health uses. With uranium, we understand that the byproduct of its use is dangerous.
It could cause the destruction of the world should it fall into the wrong hands. In fact, even if it is not stored properly for thousands of years then it could destroy large areas of land and sea. So our governments have signed treaties to ensure that the negative consequences are minimised.
According to the World Nuclear Association, ‘Nuclear power is the only large-scale energy-producing technology that takes full responsibility for all its waste and fully costs this into the product.’
So in like fashion why don’t fossil-fuel companies take responsibility for their CO2 and other climate warming wastes? Why does the Australian government insist on subsidising the likes of Adani and other fossil-fuel emitters to the known detriment of the planet?
Will the taxpayers of Australia allow themselves to be duped into paying for the costs of the planet-warming in the same way they continue to pick up the bills for the tobacco industry, and James Hardie over asbestos? Both those industries knew they were poisoning people and places, such as the Mullumbimby Hospital site, with their products but they then walked away with billions, leaving you and I and our tax dollars to clean up their mess.
Are we going to allow the coal, oil and gas companies to extract their multimillion-dollar profits and then pick up the bill for the damage that their willful fight against mitigation will cost us?
Will we allow our politicians like ScoMo, Angus Taylor, and Barnaby Joyce, who continue to deny the urgent need for action on climate change, to walk away without paying for the reprehensible cost of their actions and choices on our behalf? Should they be held accountable in criminal courts for their actions that seem to be leading to the death of our planet?