The Never Never of Climate Change

On Sept. 8, the Australian Parliament passed legislation to cut carbon emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The legislation, adopted with the support of the Greens and “Teal” independents, is one of the signature laws of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
“The passage of the climate change legislation sends a message to the world that Australia is serious about driving down emissions, and serious about reaping the economic opportunities from affordable renewable energy,” Energy Minister Chris Bowen said.
The legislation effectively continues the demonisation of coal-fired power stations in Australia and reveals the zealous belief of its proponents in the power of renewables. Yet, coal has been responsible for making the lives of Australians liveable since the beginning of the 19th century….

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