Australia at the climate crossroads: Abbott government must go!

Australia has both an extraordinary opportunity to lead on climate change action, and an extraordinary role in promoting the polluting coal and nuclear industries.  Australians can take their pick.

The choices before us:

To develop renewable energy, energy efficiency, and phase out coal and gas, and be a voice for action internationally.  This can happen only with  a change of government. We need  a double dissolution.  Australia has a uniquely strange Prime Minister, who doesn’t care if he is kicked out in the 2016 federal election, which he surely would be. Abbott is happy to carry out the corporate agenda of the Institute of Public Affairs, and then retire to comfortable well-funded complacency, knowing that he has served his IPA masters well.

That means that we can expect the Abbott government to continue to embarrass us internationally, with its climate sceptic agenda, especially at the December Paris climate summit.

To go along with the Abbott agenda – quite  a complex business, involving ramping up the coal and gas industries, while now suggesting that well, perhaps there is  a greenhouse gas problem – so therefore we need nuclear power.

Think about the illogicality of that. If nuclear power were, in fact, an answer to climate change (which it’s not – too slow, too polluting in itself) then there might be some argument for a little chilly country like Sweden to use nuclear power. For  a big sunny, windy country like Australia – nuclear power makes no sense at all.

Look out for the Australian nuclear lobby, headed by the supposed environmentalist Barry Brook, which is now enjoying global fame, a leadership position in the world’s pro nuclear campaign for 2015.

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