When we are told about Australia’s role in the so-called greenhouse crisis, we are always told of our per capita emissions instead of total emissions. I recall when I learnt about the matter at school, we never even learnt about total emissions, Australia’s contribution to what the ignorant refer to as “carbon pollution”. This is used as a justification for a guilt campaign, as though our lavish lifestyles were killing the planet. We have a population of only 22 million in the 5th largest country on earth. Hence, emissions from transport are huge. Most of our energy comes from coal because we have it in abundance. Clearly then, we are not rapists of the planet.
Yes, if there was a problem our per capita emissions could be used to justify an increased responsibility, but given our total emissions (1.5%), then clearly we should not move ahead of China, India and the US, if there was a problem.
The use of the per capita line is deceitful and ignorant of the entire situation, aimed to put us at the forefront of tackling a problem that doesn’t exist.