September 6, 2013
It is becoming increasingly clear that a Coalition government will put the profits of high emitting industries before the environment and the global commons. The Coalition’s Direct Action plan appears to be specifically designed to protect the profits of the fossil fuel industry. It was probably written for them by the Greenhouse Mafia.
So Australia under a Coalition government will beat a retreat on climate change action even as a leaked draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report ncreases projections of sea level rise by the end of the century to between 29cms and 82cms, compared to 18cms to 59cms in the last report. And it has widened the range of temperature rises by 2100 from less than 1C - based on a scenario of radical government action - to almost 5C.
Under the Coalition Australia's contribution to the global climate change problem is its burgeoning ambition to lead the world in coal and gas exports with the scene of this export boom being the Queensland coast near Gladstone and the imperiled Great Barrier Reef. This involves dredging along the coastline to make way for coal and gas export facilities.