Friday, March 30, 2007

Climate Change: John 'Neville' Howard Still Doesnt Get It

It is interesting to contrast the global warming 'initiatives' of the Howard Government as announced over the last few days with the coincident visit of Nicholas Stern, the economist who has put the problem of global warming in terms, one might say, that even a conservative politician could understand. If we invest now, we will save a lot in the future. If we dont pay now, we will pay hugely in the future, "on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century."

One can only conclude that Howard simply has no intention of stopping or reducing emissions, but will spend taxpayer's money to give the impression that he is doing something. It is politics of the lowest and lousiest sort, the apotheosis of 11 years of the meanness and lack of vision of Howardism.

Emissions are killing the planet, and what is needed is to dramatically cut emissions in a specified timeframe, by 30% from 1990 levels by 2020, according to Stern; and by 60-90% by the year 2050, again according to Stern. But the Prime Minister is flatly declaring he will do no such thing. I didn't think that Howard could ever top the folly of Iraq, but perhaps on this issue he can. It would be hard to imagine a more irresponsible stance, and a person more unfit for leadership in the 21th Century.

Its like Europe in 1939: Hitler has already invaded Poland, and John 'Neville' Howard is saying, 'dont worry, it'll be all right, we dont have to do anything, we have environment in our time'.

At least Chamberlain did finally declare war on Hitler. Howard is effectively promising to do nothing at all, other than vote-catching cosmetic gestures, no matter what the evidence.

"You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go."

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