As reported today in the media, including in the SMH by Chris Kenny, the Labor Party has proposed to cut Australia’s 2005 measured emissions by 45% by 2030 and to lead Australia towards a goal of a totally emissions neutral Australian economy by 2050. This presumably on top of the Labor Party’s prior announced policy of a 50% renewable energy target. This later target presumably to be achieved through wind and solar because dams can’t be built for hydro, trees can’t be cut down to be burned and god forbid nuclear.
No numbers or costings or cost benefit analyses were provided. No dependencies or contingencies were noted, such as action by China, India, US, Canada, Russia – you know the major emitters.
Henry Kissinger once said that “the test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins“.
This is how it begins and we all know how it ends.
Talk about shallow and cynical politics. Can someone out there please advise what the impact on global temperatures will be of this policy. Please be specific. None of this leadership clap trap or Australia can afford it. There is a cost to such a policy, what is the benefit please.
Another demonstration of economic and foreign policy developed in the social and gender studies faculties of inner city universities.