In ten years people will be wondering what the fuss was all about. It may or may not be that various clean energy industries and all their associated jobs will by then be seen to have greatly benefited, but one thing is sure: the economic skies won’t have fallen in just because of what passed through the Senate yesterday, and the reasons we needed to have done something – even if what we did was amazingly weak – will have become obvious even to by then retired Cardinal Pell in the home for the distracted and confused.
See Tim Lambert:
This is the day the Western tradition of science-backed advancement of the human condition was rejected in favour of paganism. …
We are witnessing the beginning of the end game for Australia as we know it. …
The rest of the globe’s population is wondering why we ever permitted ourselves to be lied and deceived back into the Dark Ages.
Oddly enough, despite Australia’s return to the Dark Ages, News Limited’s server was still able to serve up Akerman’s rant.
Three cheers for Malcolm Turnbull on Monday’s Q&A:
TONY JONES: Okay, we’re fast running out of time. Let’s go to some policy. You’re watching Q&A. It’s live and interactive. The next question is from Rhys Proudfoot.
RHYS PROUDFOOT: Thanks, Tony. Last weekend the US Department of Energy reported that the global output of carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record and that last year’s levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. With carbon emissions still rising, how can we breakthrough the current vitriolic policy debate and move forward in a constructive way?
TONY JONES: Malcolm Turnbull?
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, the only way you can do that is by leadership and obviously it needs leadership in every country. The reality is this, this is the melancholy truth: you cannot reach the emission reduction targets by 2050 that the scientists tell us we need to reach unless you have substantially decarbonised energy generation right around the world. Now, that is achievable, it is doable, but it has a cost and it requires immense political will.
TONY JONES: A cost being a carbon price.
MALCOLM TURNBULL: No. Well, it means a cost, an economic cost. I mean, look, you can cut emissions by a variety of mechanisms, Tony, and we’ve been through this many times before but the fact is it is not free and, you know, my own view is that America has completely abdicated global leadership on climate change, courtesy of what’s happened to the Republican Party, where you cannot be a credible candidate for Republican nomination as President if you do not say climate change is nonsense, right? Now, in the last presidential election, which is only a few years ago, John McCain’s policy on climate change was only slightly different from Obama’s. So they’ve gone from bipartisanship to extraordinary partisanship. I think what we – you know, what we have to look forward to, and it isn’t a very promising prospect, but the only country, I think, that is capable of showing real leadership now, and whether they do so remains to be seen, is China. Because there, and Jess and I were talking about this with the others earlier because she lives in Beijing, there, the consequences of environmental pollution and damage, and, you know, emissions of all kinds are so profound that it is becoming a real immediate political issue, and that’s why China, in its new five-year plan, is starting to take real action seriously. Now, what will come of it – you can be a cynic but, you know, frankly it’s a tough thing to say but the Chinese are the best hope of the side in terms of global leadership now that America has basically abandoned it.
TONY JONES: Let’s just – leadership a bit closer to home. Tony Abbott, do you genuinely believe he’s turned the corner on this and recognises that global warming and climate change are a serious threat to the planet?
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Well, look, I can only take him at his word. I can’t examine his heart.
TONY JONES: Which word?
Mind you Telegraph readers may not be worrying too much, to judge from what is top of their reading choices right now.
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