On 28th March the Prime Minister released an issues paper inviting views on Setting Australia’s post-2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. The Web page states:
The issues paper provides the context for setting Australia’s post-2020 target and the key considerations that will inform the Government’s decision-making process.
We recognise the importance of consulting widely on this issue, and the views of the Australian community will be considered in setting the next target.
I made my submission yesterday. The link worked well and I had no problems with it. It was considerably easier than submitting a scientific paper for publication. Submissions close today (24/4/15).
My argument is that since the issue of emissions targets is based on the belief that carbon dioxide emissions from industrial activity affect global climate and given that no scientific evidence has yet been found to support this belief, the whole thing is a complete furphy and should be ignored or diplomatically downplayed by Government.
My conclusions were as follows:
It follows from the above that there is no scientific basis for introducing an emissions scheme. There may well be a political basis for doing so if we do not wish to be seen as an environmental pariah internationally. In which case we should chose the most conservative commitment such as parity with that of, say, China.
However it should be borne in mind that the present “Pause” in global temperature increase could, over the next decade, turn into a full decline and further confound the experts. Likewise the observed steady increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration may cease or even reverse. In either event, taking an independent line on this issue could serve us well in the long term.
The complete submission can be found here.