Here’s a quote from our PM regarding the recent flooding…
ALEXANDRA KIRK: Do you think that climate change has anything to do with this flood disaster?
JULIA GILLARD: I don’t think you can look at one weather event, one disaster. I mean this has been a huge, unprecedented disaster but I don’t think you can look at one, a bit of the weather and say that equals climate change. I don’t think it’s as simple as that.
But having said that of course I do believe that climate change is real and is going to impact on our country.
It is already impacting our country! There is NO extreme weather event that is not influenced by human emissions. We have raised the temperature 0.3C in the last 20 years and it will continue to rise for the coming decades. Every weather event is influenced by the increase in the energy in our oceans and the atmosphere.
Clearly Julia Gillard just doesn’t get it!
She doesn’t get that we are facing escalating disturbance to our weather systems.
She doesn’t get that we are driving this and further change for centuries with little chance of reversing the forcing.
She doesn’t get that we have to stop pumping CO2 (and other GHGs) into the atmosphere.
She doesn’t get that we have to leave the remaining fossil fuels in the ground (as far as we can).
Setting a price on carbon is not going to be enough. It has to be underpinned with other regulations and support for the right research.
Australia needs to invest massively in new renewable power stations. A price on carbon is not the only thing we need to drive this process. We need new electricity distribution systems, a new system fro charging electric cars, etc. And we need to build all of this within the next 10-15 years.
Those of us who care about the future and about how our decendants will view us need to band together and demand strong action.
Who among our politicians is brave enough to stand up and proclaim the need for change and radical effort? Who among our politicians knows the science well enough to realise the need for such action?
(If you know of one, tell us.)