What a crazy week here in Australian politics!
Factions of the coalition party which is currently in opposition to the elected government are openly calling eco-environmentalists similar to the Nazi Party! The Senator Barnaby Joyce (Nat) drew comparisons between responding to climate change, environmentalists, and Nazi Germany when referring to the proposed emissions trading scheme. He is also quoted as saying, "'I think that is a load of rubbish, to think that Australia is going to change the climate. It is not."
Well, I believe that Senator Joyce has his head stuck firmly up the big industrial polluters arses or at least his own! Call me a Nazi, you jumped up fat cat political prick (I know, I stooped to name calling). Why don't you take a good hard look at yourself, and look what is happening to the climate in the state you represent. How hard it it to pick up a copy of "Nature" or Scientific American" and have a look at the facts for yourself. Maybe even an IPCC report or two might change your mind. But as always you only think of the short term gain for your corporate buddy's and not the longer term pain that all of humanity will suffer as a result of your pigheadedness. Unless the leader of the coalition can put his foot down, not only will both parties be irrelevant nationally, but internationally as well. This dated, but relevant article explains why.
Paul Kelly, 'The Insiders', ABC-TV, 27 July 2008:
"if you look around the world, look at what Conservative leaders around the world are doing. In Britain, in New Zealand, in the United States, they are accepting climate change and they are moving ahead with measures to combat it.." The coalition is moving in the opposite direction!
If that was not enough for the week, the Liberals are in fighting amongst themselves regarding climate change policy. They don't have a unified policy, which I suppose is the problem. Apparently they are going to back the CPRS legislation in the lower house and the senate, even if the Nationals (lead by Sen Joyce) vote against it. How weird is that? The Nationals and the Greens voting against the same piece of emissions legislation but for totally opposite reasons. The Greens (and myself) believe that the target of 5% reduction of emissions from 2000 levels is far too low, and the Nats think that it is far too much and will devastate our economy. This left/right business cannot be applied to all issues. Sure, in politics you have the left and the right, but in this issue about climate change, the largest one that humanity has ever faced, there is only one decision to make. Do something about it, and do it now!
No habitable environment means no economy, get it? If the Opposition is still fooled that the noisy climate sceptics and deniers are in the majority, they will find themselves forever in opposition and totally irrelevant. Time to get on with action, not spoil for time so that more profits can be made from emitting more greenhouse gas emissions to the detriment to our one and only home, planet Earth.