Going by the mainstream media headlines, you may have assumed Saturday’s federal election hinged entirely on global warming and emissions reductions.
A quick check of the votes, however, puts that assumption to rest.
Australians do take the environment seriously. And they do want to do the right thing when it comes to emissions reductions. It’s just that most voters saw through the fallacy of going about it unilaterally.
For humans to keep the Earth from warming, we need joint action from every nation. Especially the big players like India and China. Virtue signalling aside, Australia slashing emissions far beyond what most of the world is prepared to do will offer no measurable benefit to the environment, while costing countless billions of dollars and thousands of lost jobs Down Under.
With the Coalition having regained a majority in Parliament, the federal energy minister is now putting pressure on Labor to ditch its 45% emissions reduction and instead support the Coalition’s lower goal.
Fear not, voters — climate change is covered
The general response from non-Liberal voters this election has been one of incredible disappointment and sadness when it comes to their concerns about the climate. Their first choices promised them immediate action, not the calm and steady reassurance from the Coalition of ‘we’re doing okay’.
‘The business community wants bipartisanship. Now is the opportunity. We’ve won an election going in with a 26 per cent target. The onus is now on Labor to join with us and create certainty,’ Angus Taylor told The Australian.
This is a great example of the spread of mass media — having most people believe that this election was the make or break for the environment. But just that extra bit of research, away from Facebook, would have told them that their anger should be pointed overseas.
Labor eating their words on climate change?
According to the Australian Associated Press, the Liberal government has a 26% emissions reduction target on 2005 levels by 2030, and they’re confident it can be achieved despite the rising emissions in previous years. Labor has, in fact, now jumped on board, with agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon saying his party needs to find balance in its climate plan with equal support for the coalmining industry.
‘We didn’t have any anti-coal policies but we equivocated on Adani and we were never really prepared to express our support for the coalmining industry,’ Fitzgibbon told Seven’s Sunrise program.
‘We need to be clearer — we support the mining industry and the jobs it creates. If that’s our policy why not just say it?’
However, Olympian Zali Steggall, who won the seat of Warringah over Tony Abbott, wishes to see a more ambitious climate change reduction target than the government is proposing.
And in her acceptance speech on Saturday night, she vowed to make the issue one of her main concerns.
She told Sky News, following her win:
‘On the current targets of the coalition we have very little, about a 25 per cent chance, of staying under a two degree warming world.
‘As a mum that doesn’t reassure me, and I think Scott Morrison has such a fantastic opportunity to lead.’
We’re not sure where Steggall gets her highly specific statistics from. But she appears to still be mired in yesterday’s battle.
If she, as a mum, wants to reverse global warming, she should direct her energies at getting the world’s biggest emitters to slash their output by half.
Meanwhile, Labor is currently searching for a new leader — Tanya Plibersek has declined the offer, and now Chris Bowen has thrown his hat into the ring.
We’ll be keeping you up to date with all further developments.
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