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Feb 17, 2014

Crikey says: leadership on climate change impacts

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry goes to Indonesia and delivers a powerful warning:

“Because of climate change, it’s no secret that today Indonesia is … one of the most vulnerable countries on earth. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire way of life that you live and love is at risk …

“Think about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It doesn’t keep us safe if the United States secures its nuclear arsenal while other countries fail to prevent theirs from falling into the hands of terrorists. The bottom line is this: it is the same thing with climate change. In a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.

“Terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: all challenges that know no borders. The reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them.”

Australia’s Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, goes bush — to regions devastated by worsening drought — and stands on bone-dry fields among dead cattle and broke farmers.

He is not asked about the impact of climate change.

And he doesn’t once address it.

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15 thoughts on “Crikey says: leadership on climate change impacts

  1. Electric Lardyland

    Well said, Crikey.
    I’ll try to be brief on this one, as it could easily degenerate into a very long rant.
    Perhaps the best place to start, is to say that while I’m an atheist, I do quite appreciate Dante’s concept of special circles of Hell. It was definitely something that entered my mind while watching the Abbott and Joyce show grandstanding through what’s left of the bush. I mean, surely there should be some special form of punishment for people who, despite now almost forty years of warning on the effects of climate change, still use the power of office to fast track the production and flogging off of fossil fuels. And these denialist policies are made even more egregious, by the fact that both of them, especially Abbott, constantly look down the barrel of the camera and mouth the lie, “Yes, we believe in the science of climate change”.
    Yet, this alleged government, constantly makes policies that loudly suggest that the exact opposite is true. Abbot Point anyone?
    And the egregiousness level is magnified, when these two maintain a bromance through land that has been ravaged by climate change intensified drought, and no one in our brave media pack, even thinks about asking a question like, ‘You know, if you actually believe in the science of climate change, shouldn’t you maybe not be doing all that you possibly can to aid and abet the digging of coal out of the ground?’

    Grrr. I can feel a rant coming on, better stop now!

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