Which is it? Are we falling behind, or are we setting an example for the world to follow? Warmists can’t seem to make up their minds. Ross Garnaut has recently advocated for the latter argument.
“We are famous as the developed country with the highest per capita emissions,” he told the Enterprise Risk Management Seminar 2011.
“If we chose to do nothing, that will be significantly discouraging for other countries.”…
But what is certain is that other countries will be watching to see what Australia does next.
While Australia’s per capita emissions may be among the highest in the world, it still only makes up 1.5% of total emissions and hence 1.5% of the imagined global warming problem. Does Garnaut seriously think the world is watching us with a gleam of hope in its eyes for us to reduce our 1.5% contribution to 1.425%? Anyway, I would have thought that the fact that there is next to no political will globally to curb emissions would discourage the government.
He then goes on to talk about certainty.
He said there would be uncertainty as long as the implementation of the carbon price was under question, and the federal opposition continues to vow to ditch the tax if elected.
“As long as uncertainty continues then the price in investment in all economic activity rises.”
Certainty works both ways. While the coalition is contributing to uncertainty by opposing the carbon tax, the government is also by pushing for it. The whole debate is the source of uncertainty, not one side of it, as Garnaut would suggest. Anyway, there would be certainty if Gillard didn’t roll back on her promise.