Whenever confronted with the notion that Australia is going at it alone on the carbon dioxide tax, Julia Gillard likes to talk about how China is cutting its emissions. She goes on about how China are shutting down a coal-fired power plant every day and hence we risk getting left behind.
“You know, China (is) closing down a dirty coal-fired power generation facility at the rate of one every one or two weeks. Putting up a wind turbine at the rate of one every hour.”
What she neglects to mention however is how many coal-fired plants they are putting up. So clearly they are not trying to cut emissions, so why does she let them off the hook? Why did she not confront them with it when she was in China recently? Is she starting to believe her own lie? The obvious answer is that it fits in with her assertion that we are behind the rest of the world, but she then ignores the fact that Russia, Japan, France and Canada have ruled out a second round of Kyoto reductions. When did Gillard have a go at Harper or Sarkozy?
The lies are bad enough, but then she adds hypocrisy into the mix. Yes the coalition’s policy isn’t going to make much difference either and will cost taxpayer’s money (not as much as with the carbon tax), but this is comparable with China’s effort, except they won’t throw money down the tube (though given their size, not on the same scale). Why then, does she give China a free pass when the coalition’s policy proves they are “deniers”? Yes, I know the answer is obvious; political gain. Prove we’re not behind the rest of the world and have a crack at your opponents. It doesn’t change change the fact however that it is hypocritical. If Gillard was really serious about tackling an apparent global problem, she would put the pressure on the Chinese and the rest of the world instead of apologising for them.