Greenpeace – Rudd’s climate placebo: a 5% target

On Friday, Kevin Rudd announced over half a billion dollars in funding for the NSW coal industry. Today, he announced an emissions reduction target and an emissions trading scheme that will have virtually no impact on reducing emissions and will give billions in handouts to the big polluters. This is a climate action plan that won’t cut emissions. In other words – a placebo.

Rudd’s moral compass is out of whack – probably because he is too close to the steel and other polluting industries.

In the face of the economic meltdown, Kevin Rudd toured the world, holding crisis talks with global leaders to develop an urgent rescue package for the international banking system. In the face of the climate crisis, the best he seems capable of is a global suicide pact.

Climate change is an existential issue. It is a matter of survival. We can’t decide to ‘get the balance right’ between destroying the biosphere or not. The growing observations of the speed at which climate change is happening are downright frightening. Change is happening faster than even the worst-case predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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~ by growingourown on December 17, 2008.

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