You’d think that Labor’s leadership would have walked away from Saturday’s trouncing election loss somewhat the wiser.
You’d think they might have taken the hint that aside from a vocal minority of urban elite and the climate fanatics at GetUp, the majority of Aussies don’t want to pay thousands of dollars more or potentially lose their jobs to be the global leader in emissions reductions.
Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.
Labor appears intent on dancing to the Greens’ globalist tunes. And oddly, the globalists want Australia to act unilaterally on the environment. While it’s the nationalists who insist on joint action. That’s the only way — virtue signalling aside — that humans can have any positive impact here.
But as AAP reports, Labor’s environment spokesman Tony Burke doesn’t see it that way.
45% reduction target still on Labor’s radar
Burke insists Labor’s 45% emissions reductions target by 2030 shouldn’t be cast aside as over ambitious. Instead, he believes Labor just needs to change tack in how they go about reaching that target.
The Labor we saw on the ballot paper was promising a cap-and-trade system for industrial polluters. This involved the 250 largest polluters being required to either cut their emissions or buy international credits to offset emissions above a certain level.
This last weekend was a clear sign that such an approach was not the kind of planet-saving move Australia was looking for.
Nevertheless, Burke remains adamant that anything less than a 45% reduction would be disregarding science.
‘The planet is not going to turn up and say, “Let’s have a compromise, there will be less climate change and we’ll cut a deal,”’ he told ABC TV on Thursday.
Keep in mind that even if Australia ceased to exist entirely, it would have no material impact on global emissions if China, India, and the rest of the developing world continue to emit more each year. But for the sake of his argument, Burke has chosen to remain ignorant of this.
Burke calls for new approach
The question still remains how Labor plans to convince Australia that the planet is worth becoming unemployed for.
Thankfully, Burke has enough wits about him to admit there needs to be ‘other ways of reaching targets, beyond simply saying we’ll have a market mechanism’.
And it seems as though Labor would be taking a leaf out of the Coalition’s book, considering a ‘direct action’ approach to climate change. The Coalition have committed $3.5 billion to a range of emission reduction policies over the next 10 years.
Unsurprisingly, Burke claims ‘there are a series of problems with their design’.
Desperate to have the winning formula, Labor are working to up this figure. But in their effort to be the most progressive, they have once again tuned out the calls of the Australian public.
Labor’s new plan still takes money from Aussies
As reported by The Australian, Labor is planning to reject the coalition’s plan to deliver $158 billion in personal income tax cuts, all to have more money in the bank to propose the best ‘direct action’ plan.
Clearly, they haven’t learned a thing from the last 12 years of rejection.
Incoming ALP leader Anthony Albanese says their possible rejection is based on the trajectory of the tax cut plan:
‘The idea that you make a decision in 2019 about what happens in the middle of the next decade is quite frankly a triumph of hope over experience and reality.’
This, coming from a party who was expecting 50% of all cars sold to be electric vehicles.
A quick glance at the highlights of this year’s campaigning won’t do you any harm, Labor. I’d consider it.
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