We have some some clues.
Rudd said on The 7.30 Report last week.
The second point I would say is this: is that this Government is determined absolutely to get the balance right. We understand the need for decisive action on the environment long term. If we fail to act there, the economic and environmental consequences for Australia are horrendous, as they would be globally. Secondly, we intend, also, in framing our approach to the carbon pollution reduction scheme to be entirely mindful of the difficult economic circumstances Australia and the world is facing as well. And I’m sure when this is delivered, early next week, we’ll get attacked from the left, from the right, we’ll get attacked by various radical green groups saying that we haven’t gone far enough because we haven’t closed down the coal industry by next Thursday.
So the governments PR tactics in dealing with climate change are revealed:
1. Frame the debate so that anyone who says Rudd’s weak target is weak is “a member of a radical green group trying to close down the coal industry”
Like Governor David de Kretzer, Professor Karoly, Al Gore, Malcolm Fraser, Arnold Schwartzeneggor, Barack Obama, Ban Ki-Moon, Prince Charles and Rupert Murdoch etc?
2. Make a token gesture towards renewable energy
Kevin Rudd announced today that the government would "bring forward $500m funding for renewable energy".
But he and Peter Garrett will keep the class warfare going with the cap on the solar rebate, and allow the dog’s breakfast of mostly woeful state Clayton’s feed-in tariff legislation to proliferate.
Whenever I hear the world “balance” from the government, I get a shiver down my spine.
Balance the wishes of the coal eating rent seeking surrender monkeys against the probable loss of the Great Barrier Reef, 3m sea level rises, and ice free (and 5 degree hotter) summer Arctic and no more snow in Australia?
This is not balance, this is capitulation and gross negligence.
The target? My guess is Rudd will come up with a 2020 target of a reduction of 10% (+/-5) and may even be audacious/hypocritical enough to also announce a long-term “aspirational” non-binding target of limiting greenhouse gases to 450ppm.
When we need a 40% by 2020 target, and to reduce GHG from the current 380 to 350 or lower.
Al Gore hit the nail on the head in Poland:
"We can’t negotiate the facts. We can’t negotiate the truth about the situation. And for those who are too fearful to finish, it can be done and must be done. Make sure we succeed, . . . It is wrong for this generation to destroy the habitability of our planet and ruin the prospects of every future generation."
- European Union leaders in Brussels have juest set targets for EU greenhouse gas emissions reduced to 20 percent lower than 1990 levels by 2020.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger has set the following targets for California: 2000 levels by 2010, 1990 levels by 2020, 80% below 1990 by 2050
The problem with Kevin Rudd's Labor government is that they are:
- Not listening to the Australian people who want immediate reductions in emissions
- Captive to big business and industry - delivering a weak ETS that won't reduce emissions
- Playing russian roulette with our environment (reef, Kakadu, snow, water for major cities, bushfires)
- Neglecting obvious energy efficiency opportunities that can immediately reduce emissions and save us money
- Propping up our high emissions motor industry rather then legislating for a transition to clean electric cars
- Allowing the ongoing destruction of Australia's native forests resulting in emissions of up to 1000 tonnes per hectare, rather then protecting them immediately
- Deliberately ignoring the latest science that now indicates we are in a climate emergency (Hansen, etc)
- Playing politics and looking for weak compromise solutions when we need emergency action on emission reductions to ensure a safe climate future.
- Once again consigning Australia to being a climate laggard, not a global leader.
- Take action - information on latest science and politics, from the Climate Emergency Network
- Kevin Rudd on The 7.30 Report
- Climate change quotes - Greenlivingpedia
- Climate change - Greenlivingpedia
- Gore's tough message to leaders BBC NEWS
- PM fast-tracks renewable energy investment - ABC News
- Rudd under fire for keeping solar rebate cap - ABC News