Australian news, and some related international items

Over 20 years of Australian governments failure to act on climate change

Climate warnings ignored

Twenty years on, only the names have changed, The Age 1 January 2019 The annual release of the federal Cabinet papers is usually a chance to reflect on issues long since settled. … the release today by the National Archives of Australia of the papers from John Howard’s cabinet deliberations of 1996 and 1997.

A string of issues that demanded the attention of Mr Howard and his senior ministers are still with us. And still causing trouble for the government.

The most obvious is climate change and finding a way to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Cabinet papers reveal how the Howard government clearly rejected the advice of its most senior ministries that the most effective and efficient method to deal with the issue was via a price signal with an emissions trading scheme.

It would take a decade for Mr Howard to change his mind, taking a trading scheme – along with the Labor Party – to the 2007 election.
Neither side of politics has painted themselves in glory dealing with climate change since then  …. ….

January 1, 2019 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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