Does anyone care about actual carbon emissions anymore? (I mean, apart from our coalition government?)
What matters is not whether you emit or suck the CO2. It’s not even about whether you are seen to be doing something. Doing something is irrelevant. It’s about joining the club and obeying the rules. And the rules are complex: Carbon trading is good. Planting trees is bad. Carbon taxes are good, but carbon soil storage is bad. And nuclear, of course, is awful — unless you are a large communist power, in which case, it’s a landmark agreement.
More efficient coal power is bad, even if they reduce emissions, but inefficient wind towers are good, even if they don’t.
If there is a rule underlying the rules, it appears to be that any solution is a good solution if it makes big government bigger. If governments are already as big as they can get (e.g. China) then any solution is a good solution.
We can see the rules at work in the current name and shame campaign. Australia might meet those targets but who cares — it’ s now at the bottom of the Climate Oscars.
Oh no. The pain and humiliation. Australia can’t win the The Climate Change Performance Index – an award that has existed since lunch.
Australia at the bottom of list on climate change action
The AustralianSCRAPPING the carbon tax and reviewing the renewable energy target pushed Australia to the bottom of an international list on climate change action rather than the country’s actual performance on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
Based largely on advice from “climate change experts” from non-government organisations, Australia fell 21 positions for policy performance, replacing Canada as the worst performing industrial country and putting it ahead only of Saudi Arabia.
It’s a questionnaire wish list of NGO’s and they really don’t like governments that cancel taxes:
Commenting on Australia, the report said: “The new conservative government has apparently made good on last year’s announcement and reversed the climate policies previously in effect … the country lost a further 21 positions in the policy evaluation, compared to last year, thus replacing Canada as the worst performing industrial country.”