Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Should 5% appear too small be thankful I don't take it all

Five percent?!
If ever we needed proof that the people governing Australia couldn’t care less about global warming then we got plenty of it yesterday when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a carbon emission reduction target of 5% by 2020. Wow, that’s an ambitious target that will secure a world for our children to live in!
It’s not just Rudd. At the state level, Victoria’s Premier John Brumby said on ABC TV a few weeks ago, in an interview for Stateline, that if every household was to install water recycling tanks to collect rainwater from their drains it would be an environmental disaster. He said it as a justification for the building of a desalination plant that will generate as much emissions as tens of thousands of cars. I couldn’t believe Brumby uttered such an outrageously ridiculous statement, but I saw it on TV and the sound did sync with his lips.

Let’s face it: Our leaders are climate change skeptics. Now, there is no law saying you are not allowed to reject global warming theories; it implies on the rationalisation processes these people deploy in their decision making process, but it is still entirely within their rights to disagree with these theories.
What is very unethical, though, is these same leaders selling themselves as climate change activists in order to get elected and only then exposing their true face. I believe there are laws against false advertising.


wile.e.coyote said...

on the same issue, are you selecting the big photos from flicker that are appearing on the right side of the screens, or are the randomally selected?

Moshe Reuveni said...

This is obviously a question that needs to be addressed in this forum.
If you want an answer, email me, and specify the screen you're talking about. If I manage to correctly guess the screen then the answer is random; I'm suprised you couldn't figure that one out for yourself given the code for this tool is available on Flickr.

wile.e.coyote said...

I meant the main screen of the blog, I thought it is random but as I saw my face too many times, I thought you can control it and as by beard is a hit magnet, you made it appear so many times