10 Mar 2011

CLIMATE CHANGE AND IT'S HISTORY IN THE LIBERAL PARTY IN AUSTRALIA


The History behind Liberal policy on climate change.
 Liberal MPs have displayed flexibility on the subject, with one exception, they have in each period always conformed with their leader's position even if the changes have contradicted their previous positions.
The Liberals were the first main party to wholeheartedly embrace the challenge of global warming.
In 1990 Andrew Peacock, and again in 1993 John Hewson, went to the electorate with a commitment to cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by the year 2000.
In December 1997 the Howard government signed the Kyoto Protocol, which he described as an ''absolutely stunning diplomatic success''.
He claimed that Australia was able to ''make a massive contribution to the world environmental effort to cut greenhouse gases'' but had done so in a way that would protect jobs.
Between 1997 and 2002 the Australian government, while trumpeting what a good bargain it had achieved, had no doubts about global warming and was committed to reducing it.
Then in 2002 the government reversed itself, refusing to ratify Kyoto, even though it argued it would still meet its commitments. Its rationale was diplomatic rather than scientific.
In 2006 Howard realised that for political reasons the government needed to improve its credentials on global warming. 
The government sprang into action, the environment minister  Malcolm Turnbull, claimed Australia led the world in policies on climate change.
The government went to the 2007 election proposing an emissions trading scheme, apparently with unanimous internal support.
Under leader, Brendan Nelson, the party adopted a classic harassment strategy.
It did not question the need for an emissions trading scheme, but instead focused on any possible cost or inconvenience that would come with it. The same tactic adopted by Tony Abbott after the last election.
In 2009, probably for the first time, there were senior Liberals prepared to publicly deny the science.
Liberal policy in 2011, well we aren't very sure, I think they would like to clean up the pollution problems but they find themselves trapped by their denial of the science behind climate change.
A troubling situation indeed, I therefore predict that their policy will remain the same (we will, we won't, we might, we'll think about it) do nothing unless the polls tell us to!
SHOULD WE GO FOR IT, OR WAIT UNTIL THE AVERAGE ANSWER FROM THE NEXT 
HALF DOZEN POLLS IS RELEASED.
ANYWAY, WE CAN CHANGE OUR MINDS AGAIN IF WE'RE WRONG CAN'T WE??

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