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Penny Wong: an insult to demonstrators and intelligence

On Saturday we turned out across Australia to reject the Rudd Government’s climate change response.  Five percent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, together with $9 billion of handouts to polluters,  are a crime against present and future generations.

Professor Andrew Glickson, an earth and paleo-scientist from the Australian National University, told the demonstrators in Canberra that 450 parts per million CO2 are more than 100 parts per million higher than scientists believe to be the safe upper limit.  He didn’t mention that the Government’s ‘achievable’ goal, following the Garnaut Report, is actually 550 parts per million.

We were demonstrating to tell this pro-business pro-polluting Government that its Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme was, as ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury put it, ‘worse than mediocre’.

We were demonstrating to tell this pro-business pro-polluting Government that the need for drastic action is now, not ten years hence. 

We were demonstrating to tell this pro-business pro-polluting Government that we want a new world, a world of zero net carbon, or for some, a carbon free economy.

And how does Penny Wong, our Minister for the Environment, respond?  She tell us that ‘like the people at those rallies, this Government does want to take action on climate change.’  She went on to urge senators to pass their pro-business pro-polluting laws.

What an insult.  We were there to protest against this Government and its lack of real action on climate change.

We have nothing in common with you, Penny Wong.

When you announce taking over the car plants to produce solar panels, wind turbines and buses, when you build wind and solar farms across the country, when you retrain workers for these green jobs, then we might begin to listen to you. 

But we know we will have to force you away from you pro-business pro-polluting position.

You are our enemy, Penny Wong, not our friend and no amount of pretending otherwise will change that.

We will begin the task now of building more and bigger demonstrations against your do nothing Government.



Comment from John Davidson
Time June 14, 2009 at 11:16 pm

What amazes me is the way the free market extreme has conned us into believing that “putting a price on carbon” is the most price effective way of driving down emissions and, wait for it, a carbon permit market is the best way of setting this carbon price. If you think this way you will end up with something like Penney’s CPRS to scare the little children at night.
Have you ever wondered why any sensible person would want to drive down the average fuel consumption of new cars by increasing the price of fuel instead of leaving the price of fuel unchanged and using regulations to acheive the same end?
Or wondered why CPRS depends on jumping the average price of electricity above the price of clean electricity even though the average cost of electricty will only ramp up slowly as the percentage of clean elecricty increases?
We will have a much better chance of getting support for the reduction of greenhouse gases if we take the effort to find the most price effective, understandable ways of acheiving this end.
For a more detailed discussion of what is wrong with CPRS see:

Comment from Rob
Time June 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

If you think that there is ”man made global warming”, and if you think you can stop or reverse this, you are totally deluded and I feel sorry for you. This is the natural world in action.