I don’t normally venture into the realm of politics on InFocus. And I’ll do my best not to get too far into that realm today. But this proposed ETS legislation deserves comment.
I won’t comment on Rudd.
I won’t comment on Labor or the Liberals.
I won’t comment on Turnbull or Hockey or Abbott.
I won’t even comment on the ETS for the most part.
But it’s time Australia addressed the simple question of climate change.
My understanding is that scientists pretty much agree that the world has not been warming in the last decade. But many still hold to the theory of global warming. That’s their right. But here’s the key. It’s a theory. A theory!
Theories should never be assumed. This is not rocket science.
When you come up with a new theory, you don’t rush into irreversible legislation which will cost the average Australian household $624 per year. You don’t ridicule anyone who isn’t sure about the theory. You don’t marginalise scientists who differ with your theory. To do so betrays dishonesty and an anti-science attitude.
And then there’s the theory that this theorised global warming is caused by man. Again, it’s a theory. There is evidence for and against. It needs to be scrutinised. And that will take time.
The bottom line
The bottom line is that any politician who tries to force this ETS through now, while the science is well within the realm of speculative, isn’t in it for the science. I think the Australian people would appreciate openness and honesty from Canberra on this issue.