Powershift 2009

23 06 2009

Earth to Senator Fielding – Are you for freaking real !?

23 06 2009

Senator Steve Fielding

There has been a dreadful sense of deja vu this last fortnight as Australia’s lone Family First senator (and local village idiot) jets back and forth the planet on a one man mission to uncover the truth about global warming.

It would be gut-achingly funny if it wasn’t so heart-breakingly serious.

Here are some recent quotes from our man Steve:

It is absolutely crazy for Australia to go it alone.

Sheesh! There is absolutely no risk that Australia, the world’s largest per capita polluter, will step forward alone!  Much of the developed world is already streets ahead and are tracking downwards with respect to emissions.

We need to see what the rest of the world are going to do, and then Australia can respond.

You selfish, petty, miserable man.  He is suggesting here that Australia, with one of the highest standards of living in the world, should wait for poorer countries to act first.  Progress is never made in this way.  The only way to convince others to join the party is to act quickly and boldly.

I’m not a climate change sceptic, I’m not a climate change extremist, what I am is very open-minded.

A bit too open-minded Steve.  Becoming fixated on the minority views of partisan bit-players rather the great weight of scientists internationally.  Your open-mindedness causes policy paralysis and endangers us all.  Like the open-minded parent of a child with suspected meningitis.  Sure, let’s not act until we’re 100% certain.

As an engineer, I have been trained to listen to both sides of the debate in order to make an informed decision about any issue. Any scientist worth their salt will tell you that in order to form a conclusive view about any topic, you need to properly explore all available possibilities.

C’mon mate. You’re sounding as if you’re the first one to tackle these questions.  Scientists have been looking at these things for decades Steve.  The problem is not that we haven’t debated all the issues, the problem is that THIS IS ALL WE HAVE DONE!

Has the Minister seen modelling which shows that solar radiation is highly correlated to global temperature changes?

Steve, there is no upward trend in solar radiation in the last few decades.  Moreover nights are getting warmer faster than days, and winters faster than summers.  This is not consistent with solar radiation causing global warming.  IT’S NOT THE SUN, DUDE ! IT’S US !

None of this means that I support the current Emissions Trading Scheme legislation before the Australian Parliament.  I tend to sympathise with the Greens on this issue.  I feel that it is more important that we take a target of 40% below 1990 by 2020 to Copenhagen, and we need to state that up front.

Oh Steve, what shall we do with you?

Australian Greens leader Bob Brown at a weekend climate rally

14 06 2009