Category: Climate

Stop saying yes: Bright-siding

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. David Spratt at the blog Climate Code Red has recently spoken out against what he calls “bright-siding”: a misguided tendency for climate activists (and governments) to campaign on the arguable side-benefits of climate policies (eg. green jobs), rather than explain the …

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Stop saying yes: What went wrong?

This is the third in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. In 2011, Australian climate activists united under the lowest-common-denominator “Say Yes” campaign. The focus was, above all, on supporting a carbon price, apparently any carbon price that might be negotiated by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC). (See the previous posts …

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Stop saying yes: A not-so-clean energy future

This is the second in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. The Clean Energy Future policy negotiated by the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee falls far short of what is required, and is riddled with flaws. The $23 carbon tax in isolation will not drive the transition to a zero-carbon economy. The true …

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It’s time to stop saying yes

This is the first in a series of posts about the Australian climate movement. The Australian climate change action movement (which I will call the “climate movement”) has, in recent years, made an error of strategy. In the hope of winning a victory, however small, activists have become extremely pragmatic and “politically realistic”. This culminated …

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No setback for coal port expansion

The Queensland Government’s rejection of the Multi-Cargo Facility (MCF), a proposed coal terminal development at Abbot Point, has been reported as a setback to the coal export industry. It is not. Indeed, it clears the way for an even larger terminal proposed by Clive Palmer’s company Waratah. Abbot Point currently exports 50 million tonnes per …

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Don’t mention the warming

The Gillard Labor Government’s stupidity has reached a new low. They have released a new set of climate change ads… which fail to mention climate change. Instead they tell us about the Government’s “Household Assistance Package”: Assistance for what, you could be forgiven for asking? You wouldn’t know it, but in fact the ad is …

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Climate ignored in Australian federal budget

“Global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization.” – US paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson “Madam Deputy Speaker, in coming years no first?world, first?rate economy will succeed without cleaner sources of energy. So part of the broader transformation of our economy involves moving to a clean energy future, and helping Australian businesses and households make …

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Titanic and Global Warming

After the RMS Titanic’s collision with an iceberg a century ago today, the passengers did not believe the ocean liner would sink. The ship was so gargantuan and stably designed it showed few outward signs of being in imminent danger, and took 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink. But sink it did. The Earth’s …

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Business declares war on environmental regulations

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) today met to discuss the business lobby’s demand that the Government cut “green tape”. Yesterday, Gillard chaired a Business Advisory Forum, at the end of which she announced this outcome: For the first time in 112 years of federation, business representatives have been able to come face to face …

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It’s the climate, stupid

It is now clear that the Australian Government’s main priorities for this year are getting the budget into surplus, and removing regulations to appease businesses. Both objectives are leading the Government to cut climate change and renewable energy policies. It seems they have chosen to completely ignore the climate crisis. I should at this point …

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