Barrack Obama delivered the sweet sweet goodness with this announcement. The US President announced carbon emissions in the USA will be reduced 30% by 2030. It’s pretty much the ‘nail in the coffin’ for old coal. The biggest economy in the world just tipped the scales. Coal is no longer a viable sources of electricity. With any luck Americans will start moving their cars away from oil pretty damn soon too.
But here we are, in Australia, trying to repeal a carbon reduction system that works. Who actually thinks repealing the ‘Carbon Tax’ – which will become a part of international emissions trading systems next year – is a good idea?
When I heard the new Forest Management Plan will double the scale of logging in our remaining Karri forests (1),I wanted to see the implications of this for myself. I knew it would be painful to see, but I had to go. I had to bear witness and share the tragic reality of clear-felling with you.
Only 10%of our native Karri forest remain today, BEFORE logging expands.
After what I witnessed I have no doubt this new plan, if allowed to continue, will leave us with no pristine Karri forest left. It’s no wonder activists have begun taking direct action to halt the destruction (1,2,3).
Interesting to read conservatives at the Institute of Public Affairs suggesting the Liberal National Party coalition needs to ‘be like Gough‘ if they get a full majority of power in both the lower and upper houses of Parliament at the upcoming federal election.
Of course, they don’t mean the LNP should suddenly back-flip and start actually supporting free education and healthcare for Australian citizens or any of the many other positive, progressive policies brought about during the brief Whitlam era. Instead they only encourage transforming the country with the same speed and vigour Whitlam did, but this time to the detriment of the average tax payer, for the benefit of the super rich.
You can see the full list of 75 suggested changes on their website, but I will share a few of those I think clearly represent the dangers of current extremist policy trend among ‘conservative’ circles in Australia.
Close Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Halt construction of the National Broadband Network
What a name and what a book (haven’t seen the film yet). As some readers may know I have been on a holiday on the other side of Australia (the beautiful Gold Coast) for two weeks (got back Saturday night shortly before midnight). Before we left I spotted Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in book form at the airport book-shop. I picked it up, flipped through and bought it. There was no iffing or butting about it. The book is an invaluable source of information with a level insight and research I have rarely seen in any discussion of Global Warming.
The book also has a personal “Al Gore” touch to it- relating the experiences of Al Gore and his family to attitudes about environment, human interaction and global changes. It’s amazing how an event involving a person or people close to you can cause an emotion or realisation which has across-the-board impacts on your life views. Al Gore describes how situations in his life have brought him to appreciate and understand the environment more, to fear losing places and a lifestyle dear to his heart, to want and be able to make a difference all of his own in the fight against global warming.
After winning Presidency and then losing it again during the Florida votes scandal, Al Gore did not relegate the rest of his years to fighting against the Bush family, republicans or any other personal vendetta. He asked himself (my interpretation) “Well, What CAN I do now?” Continue reading An Inconvenient Truth