There are not enough words in the English language to describe how angry I feel at the moment. This anger is directed at the Australian Government and their childish attempt of setting a ridiculously low emissions target for the year 2020. Faaaaaarrrrrrrrrk! I just want to scream. And here is the reason why.....
Government announces emissions targets of just 5% by 2020!
Are they yanking our collective chain? Do they think we are all idiots? Do they think the rest of the world will not laugh them out of the next climate conference. In the words of Dr Phil, "What were they thinking?" No wonder they held off announcing this emissions target until after the Poznan conference which ended last week. If our government had announced it at the conference, and if there were buckets of horse crap in the room, everyone would have thrown it at our delegates. I know I would have!
Having read the first 100 odd pages of the white paper (it is a very large document), I get the distinct feeling that the coal lobby has had a lot of influence over the governments decision for a miniscule 5% target for 2020. There is also a proposed administrative allocation of free permits for our one of our largest polluting industries, which would be???? You guessed it. COAL! Someone in the industry is pissing in Rudd's pocket. Disgusting behaviour for a government that is supposed to be popular with the people. This scheme is business as usual for big polluting industries as far as I am concerned.
I will be reading through the rest of the document tonight, and will give everyone a better review of the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme tomorrow. As I mentioned before, I am just too angry to write any more. In the mean time, if you are as concerned about our future generations as I am, please voice your opinion at the GetUp! site by voting either yes or no (your choice of course) because votes in the next election are the only words governments understand. GetUp! are running a campaign about the CPRS weak targets and you can have a read of the GetUp!! media release for a layman's explanation of the emissions targets consequences to the people of our great nation.
When I think about the future state of planet and what will be left for future generations if these clowns are allowed to implement a weak emissions target, the saying "Up Shit Creek without a paddle" comes to mind!
Hopefully, people power will come to the rescue. I know I will be doing everything in my power to convince the government to set a stronger interim target. Just remember Mr Rudd, big polluting companies can't vote for you at the next election, but my friends and I can!