The Prime Minister’s office is effectively run as a branch of the Minerals Council and other conservative interests, climate denialists to the core.
The investment certainty business craves will be non-existent until climate action is accepted as the absolute priority in determining energy policy. But achieving this will require political leadership.
The Minerals Council report on market demand for Australian coal not only defies economic logic, it ignores climate risk and its impact on MCA’s business, and the business of its members.
After three decades of global inaction, none more so than in Australia, human-induced climate change is now an existential risk to humanity.
The current chaos around climate and energy policy brings to mind George Santayana’s caution that: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. That is exactly what we are witnessing.
The last few weeks have set new standards for national stupidity, as the government dances to the tune of the fossil-fuel industry, and tries to establish as many new coal,VSG, LNG and oil projects as it can before the shutters come down.
Climate risks are either not understood or wilfully ignored at leadership level in Australia, a profound failure of imagination, and far worse than that which triggered the GFC in 2008.
We deserve better leaders. If the incumbency is not prepared to act on Adani, the community need to take matters into their own hands.
So what could possibly be wrong with Malcolm Turnbull’s sweeping vision of energy security, steeped in coal and gas? Well, pretty much everything.
Recent weeks have seen unsurpassed dishonesty and irresponsibility from national political leaders on Australian climate and energy policy.