Environmental protection not a luxury good

Crikey readers talk why Abbott must act now on climate change.

Climate change cannot be ignored

Roger Richards writes: Re. “Abbott and Harper renew a blinkered coalition of denialism” (yesterday). The problem for Abbott is not merely his apparently genetic disposition to dismiss climate change, nor his party’s strong financial links with fossil fuel industries and businesses opposed to regulation of any sort. It’s an inability to understand the linkages that mean climate change pervades the biggest issues facing Australia and isn’t some separate matter, like saving koalas, that can be dumped into a box and ignored. The global insurance and reinsurance industries are already dealing with a huge increase in insured losses due to extreme weather events since 1980. Unlike Canada, Australia’s geography and climate means it will be hard hit by climate change in coming decades — while trying to cope with an ageing population at the same time — driving up prices, depressing economic and jobs growth, increasing pressure on infrastructure. For the sake of its future economy, Australia desperately needs global action to bring global warming under control. For the Abbott government, however, future generations are only thought about when they provide a reason to cut spending, not address a far bigger economic threat than government debt.

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2 thoughts on “Environmental protection not a luxury good

  1. form1planet

    Uh, did Roger Richards actually make a comment on Bernard Keane’s article? Or just regurgitate two-thirds of it verbatim?

  2. blindphoton

    Indeed, as true as Bernard’s words are, what is Roger Richards saying??

    On the other hand, what can you say..? Abbott is a dangerous, nasty, twat and for the sake of all that’s good his had better be a one-term government.

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