Labor leader Bill Shorten, in his speech to the ALP National Conference, appears to have rediscovered his and the party’s climate change mojo – promising an emissions trading scheme, a 50 per cent renewable energy target, and slamming Tony Abbott’s society of “flat Earthers”.
- Creating the jobs of the future, guaranteeing long-term prosperity, ensuring Australia competes in the world must begin with tackling climate change.
- Fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record have fallen in this century.
- 2014 was the warmest year in recorded history.
- The evidence is in, the science is settled.
- Climate change is not ‘absolute crap’, it is an inescapable fact.
- And if we take a do-nothing approach, there will be more extreme weather.
- More severe storms, more aggressive fires, more dangerous floods, longer and more damaging droughts.
- Our farmers will face greater hardship.
- Our coastal homes will be invaded by rising seas.
- The infrastructure cost will be hundreds of billions of dollars.
- We can rebuild flooded cities once every century.
- We can rebuild fire-ravaged bushland every half-century.
- But we cannot do it every decade.
- This is not a price the next generation of Australians should have to pay because of this delinquent government.
- Climate change is an economic and environmental cancer – and it demands early intervention.
- xthis is no longer a question of Australia leading the world – it is a matter of keeping up.
- If the world’s biggest capitalist nation [USA], and the world’s biggest planned economy [China] can agree climate change is a priority- it’s time Australia did so too.
Renew Economy: Giles Parkinson: 24 July 2015
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