Can’t update you with John Brignell’s latest Number of the Month – because there isn’t one. Unfortunately, our bending author, long plagued by chronic illness, is having a really hard time of it.
In his honour, I propose the number 5 (percent), being Ross Garnault’s latest proposal for Australian CO2 emission cuts – a token gesture really, just enough to say to the world “Look here, we’re believers.” As if a higher cut had any more relevance than that. I’m actually quite encouraged, here being one of the truly devout acknowledging the irrelevance of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. He’ll go for 10% if developing countries sign on at Copenhagen next year, but that’s about as likely as a Robyn Williams sea level rise.
Meanwhile, Australia’s most respected climate scientists (/sarc) and the Greens have popped their heads up from under their joint quilt just long enough to opine for 40% emission cuts by 2020, or something ridiculous like that. And you can still count on one hand the number of Australian journalists calling their bluff. I’d be interested in a poll asking average Aussie citizens if they believed Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions had a direct effect on Australia’s climate. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s about the same number who believe in anthropogenic global warming.