Jun 17, 2009

Milne: The climate nightmare is upon us

Would you put your son or daughter on an aeroplane if you knew that it had a 50-90% chance of crashing? If not, why would you take that risk with the whole planet? Asks Greens Senator Christine Milne.

Greens senator Christine Milne will deliver thisĀ speech to the National Press Club today.

Thank you for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the Ngunnawal people, the traditional owners of the land.

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52 thoughts on “Milne: The climate nightmare is upon us

  1. meski

    Ugh! I couldn’t help but feel, reading this speech of cliched quotes and emo statements that there was more obscurity than clarity here.

  2. Philip Cocker

    Truly inspiring and real…

  3. Andrew

    Easter Island’s End

    By Jared Diamond, in Discover Magazine

    August 1995

    “In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism.

    Are we about to follow their lead?”


  4. Tony Kevin

    a magnificent statement, thank you senator milne.

    memo to australian political, corporate, trade union and media elites – don’t tell your children in future decades that you were not warned.

    you were warned , in great detail, in this statement by senator milne, on 17 june 2009.

    tony kevin

  5. Mark Duffett

    Unfortunate that the only mention of the word ‘nuclear’ was in relation to weapons. Senator Milne doesn’t seem to realise that technological development has been taking place in nuclear energy as well as mobile phones since the 60s and 70s. In this she is just as wedded to Old (Green) Thinking as the “Old Parties and Old Polluters” she decries.

  6. David1

    Greens, nothing has changed with them since the party was conceived. Incidently while on that subject, an interesting revealation this morning on News Radio, it was suggested Sen Browns debt of nearly a 1/4 million buckaroos was fully covered before he appealed for assistance nation wide!! I know no more.

  7. Grant Doyle

    Can anyone identify which Machiavellian tome/title the extended quote attributed to him is lifted from? Is it just me or should such citations be a bit more thorough?

  8. Jonathan Maddox


    You’re right, nuclear reactors aren’t very dangerous if built with safety in mind. But uranium mines and nuclear fuel processing facilities tend to be horrendous leakers of radioactive poisons. It is therefore unsurprising that anyone with a Green bent would avoid advocating for nuclear power.

    In an ideal world, nuclear power should compete on merits and cost with renewable energy and fossil fuels on a playing field levelled by penalty prices for greenhouse gas emissions and any other harmful pollution throughout the economy.

    Coal would double in price under such a scenario. And the sound of capital seeking better returns in better technology would be beautiful indeed. Some would be invested in nuclear power, no doubt. But the quicker and more reliable returns are elsewhere: consumption efficiency, fuel efficiency and renewables.

  9. Jonathan Maddox

    David1: Google is your friend.

    The full text is of course at Project Gutenberg, since it’s out of copyright.

  10. Jonathan Maddox

    Duh, last comment was a reply to Grant Doyle, not David1. Apologies.

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