Delightful Self-contradiction

This in the Sydney Morning Herald by John McIntyre, the Anglican Bishop of Gippsland.

“The biggest dilemma we face with the carbon tax is that the only package the federal government was able to broker will not deliver the change that is needed.”

Here he says the tax will do nothing. And yet…

“Some of the simple facts are these. The reduction target of the current Australian program is 5 per cent by 2020. That is only about half that required to stabilise carbon emissions to the extent necessary to avoid a potentially disastrous temperature rise.”

Half way there? Where on earth did he get that little nutshell? Even if this was true, then we would only need to reduce global emissions by 0.15% to stave off global warming. Yet, he suggests Australia should shoulder half the burden.

“This generation at some point must face its obligation to ensure we leave an inhabitable planet to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Now, what scientist has said that the planet will become uninhabitable? Rising sea levels and a few extra natural disasters would be bad (not as much as the alarmists let on), but it doesn’t render the planet uninhabitable.

“It is an indictment on us that we have refused to accept our responsibility until it has threatened to hit us in the hip pocket.”

Yes, yes. We’re selfish.

When it comes to Gippsland, some of the facts are these…Hazelwood was supposed to close in 2007.

Oh, well then. I guess their jobs were only on borrowed time. It doesn’t really matter if they go, does it? If you survived a car accident five years ago, does that make it right for someone to come up and kill you, and justify it by saying you should have been dead five years ago?

“The Gippsland Trades and Labour Council, recognising the closure or conversion to gas of Hazelwood will result in significant job losses, is focusing on attracting new industries into Gippsland…The communities in Gippsland will face significant change and pain.”

So he admits jobs will be lost, yet…

“It is an even greater indictment on us that the only scheme which government has been able to introduce is one that offers so little financial pain that it is limited in its capacity to reduce our impact on the planet.”

“So little financial pain”, yet he acknowledges jobs will be lost, and in the region he is responsible for. Losing your job tends to hurt you financially.

“Listen carefully to the facts and respond accordingly. Do not believe what is not true.”

But then, he just instructs us to ignore him anyway.

“To focus our minds on these realities, we might contemplate the current drought in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.”

As Andrew Bolt mentions, no scientist has attributed this to our emissions, and droughts are not uncommon in Africa. No matter how heartbreaking the situation is over there, it doesn’t change the fact that cutting our emissions can’t help them. Realistically, the west would be in a better position to help those that need it if we weren’t worried about some bogus climate problem.


About Climate Nonconformist

Hi, I'm the climatenonconformist (not my real name), and I am a global warming skeptic, among the few in generation Y. With Australia facing the prospect of a carbon tax, we need to be asking the simple question; where is the evidence that our emissions are causing any dangerous warming?
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