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The alarming news about Peter Dutton walking away from our 2030 emissions reduction target unfortunately doesn’t come as a surprise. The sad, but predictable, thing is that it’s become the norm for him to walk away from commitments that no longer suit him.

Sadly it’s this flagrant disregard for essential measures designed to mitigate the effects of climate change that he sees as his mission.

Sure the process towards use of more renewables and emissions reduction is hamstrung by having to guarantee supply. So we have challenges but the alternatives like nuclear reactors and carbon capture and storage are super expensive and not (yet) viable. We are in a transition stage and there will still need to be a reliance on coal/gas for some time. But the sensible course is to have targets, and to be working towards them. Especially short-term targets because they are a measure of whether we are on track to achieve (in this case) the ‘net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050’ target. Would anybody in their right mind think a 2050 target is achievable without monitoring progress towards that target?

It has become an accepted mantra amongst certain members of the political class that as climate change is a global problem there is not a lot of reason for us to change our ways as Australia’s contribution to emissions is small by world standards (about three per cent). Though this ‘inconveniently’ excludes all the emissions caused by burning of Australian coal/gas in China, India, Korea and Japan, etc. Newcastle NSW is still one of the world’s largest coal-exporting ports.

Is there a cynical side to Mr Dutton’s agenda here? He has chosen this time, as the seasons change, when neither floods nor fires are as intense and hopes that people don’t make the connection between more intense fires and floods and his undermining of climate change measures. But sure as this is the land of fire and flood they will return with devastating force.

So ‘yes’ there are the daily cost-of-living pressures (which are favoured political trigger points). But society is more complex than that and other short- (and long-) term goals are critically important.

Frank Lynch, Mullumbimby

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4 COMMENTS

  1. In 1970 we were 325 parts per million
    Today we are at 418 ppm which means our atmosphere has .00418 % of CO2

    If we were at .002 we would be dead.

    When the dinosaur was around it was 6000 parts per million.

    Let those numbers sink in

  2. More failures Brett to use true numbers, how about using validated figures rather than the figures put out by other climate change deniers. Okay continue to put your head in the sand and ignore the truth. The facts are there, not some socialist leftist conspiracy to gain world domination by the UN.

  3. Figure is actually greater than 80000ppm or 8% for it to be lethal( national institute of health,2017). Maybe you confused it with carbon monoxide?

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