Ted Baillieu is starting to do the right things. The other day he moved to expand brown coal mining and now he is scrapping Victoria’s equivalent of China’s five-year plan.
A PLAN to cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent over the next decade is set to be dumped by the Baillieu government on the basis that it would merely lighten the load imposed on other states.
An independent review of the state’s key climate change laws, to be released today, has found ‘‘no compelling case’’ to keep the target following the introduction of the Commonwealth’s minimum target to cut emissions by 5 per cent, to be mainly achieved through Labor’s carbon tax.
It said keeping the larger state target operating with a smaller national target would put a disproportionately large burden on Victoria, with no benefit to the environment because other states would do less.
This is an argument that can be applied federally; that restrictions on emissions and hence economic activity will merely export production and the associated jobs offshore. We’re giving China a free pass.
With Earth Hour approaching, the theme of symbolic action on climate change has come around, as Andrew Bolt discovers.
The Age’s designated warming evangelist, Adam Morton, is upset:
Woe! Bad symbolism, as opposed to the good symbolism of a target you were never going to reach, and which wouldn’t do a scrap of good if you ever did.
As for the practical realities behind the Government’s decision, Morton grudgingly concedes:
This is technically accurate.
It’s all about feeling good about yourself, and appeasing your guilty conscience. It doesn’t matter if those that can’t afford this luxury are going to suffer when they lose their jobs. It’s all about the symbolism.