The mainstream media has saturated the news with calls that the prime minister’s emissions stance is ‘anti-science’.
Repetitive buzz words — like ‘irresponsible’ and ‘going against science’ — are being thrown around, giving Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s oppositions something to harp on about leading into next year’s election.
Soon after becoming prime minster, Morrison ditched former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee, the same policy which ultimately led to his predecessor’s demise. With this, the PM boldly announced he would not join some other signatories of the Paris deal and commit Australians to even more onerous reduction targets.
And it’s with good reason.
Saying no to the Paris agreement is not about climate change denial, it’s not even about saying no to reducing emissions, it’s about ensuring Australia’s economic health.
Labour and environment costs are real. Last Friday an official report revealed that Australia’s climate pollution rose by 1.3% in March this year.
But what the mainstream media won’t tell you is that Australia’s population growth has risen by 1.6 % in the same time — compared to the previous year.
This increase is mostly fuelled by immigration, not births. Don’t overlook the hypocrisy of the Greens party and their pro-growth, open borders attitude.
People are at the forefront of emissions are putting pressure on the environment at a much larger scale.
And let’s not forget how China is cheating on the Paris agreement while we’re at it.
China’s refusal to take responsibility in the climate accord
You can’t claim ignorance forever, as China recently found out. After entering the World Trade Organisation in 2001, China has emerged as one of the world’s biggest economic power houses. Accounting for almost 30% of our global carbon emissions, after years of, frankly, not giving a stuff about the environment or their workers.
But now China’s seeing the problem through the smog that clouds their cities, where pollution is so bad it is now a political issue. Sure, they’ve joined the Paris agreement and put tariffs on the recyclables that they can receive. But for all their so called efforts what does it count for?
As The Hill reported in May this year, China really isn’t required to do all that much.
‘An analysis from Greenpeace indicated that China’s 2018 carbon emissions were on track to grow at the fastest rate in six years. The study, based on government data regarding the use of coal and other energy sources, shows carbon output rising 4 percent in the first quarter of this year. Analysts are projecting similar gains over the next several quarters.
‘The weakness of the Paris Agreement was that it was lopsided, requiring little from China and a great deal from the U.S. President Obama committed the United States to reducing carbon emissions in 2025 by 26 to 28 percent, which would have meant a substantial jump in electricity costs.
‘By contrast, China committed to boosting non-fossil fuels to around 20 percent of its overall energy mix by 2030 (a project already underway) and a “hope” that emissions might peak at that time. As one analyst commented in the New York Times, “What China is pledging to do here is not a lot different from what China’s policies are on track to deliver.”
‘As vague as its goals were, it is becoming clear that the country is unlikely to meet them. To do so would require sacrificing growth to rein in pollution. Since the Chinese Communist Party has pledged to double China’s 2010 GDP by 2020 and to create a “moderately prosperous society” by 2021, that is extremely unlikely.’
A stern warning for Australian government
Despite this, our prime minster has been labelled as ‘insufficient’ by the chief executive of the European Climate Foundation, Laurence Tubiana, in his efforts to reduce global emissions.
This is a bit rich given the fact that only three European countries — France, Sweden and Germany — have met the Paris agreement. It’s only a matter of time before the Paris agreement is dead, and some would argue it already is.
The former French ambassador for international climate negotiations who played a major role in brokering the 2015 Paris treaty, described Morrison’s refusal to revise the Paris targets beyond Australia’s current Commitment as ‘concerning’.
Based on 2005, levels Australia is set to cut 26% of emissions by 2030.
Tubiana left the Australian government this a stern warning.
‘The Australian government, along with all others, needs to listen to the science and the economics, and lead the country towards decarbonisation.
‘Failure to do so will have profound consequences on the country’s standing in the international community and its future prospects in terms of innovation and economic opportunity.’
Amongst all the negativity, it is easy to forget that Morrison is insistent that Australia will meet the 2030 Paris agreement. And Australia has already committed to spend $1 billion over the next five years, over half of which has been invested.
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