Why cutting Australian emissions won't work (letter)by Suryan ChandrasegaranNews Weekly
, June 21, 2008
I agree with Tim Wallace (Letters, News Weekly
, May 24, 2008) that environmental issues are not just for "lefties". However, with environmental theories like global warming, it is important to properly assess the available scientific evidence and use common sense.
Mr Wallace quotes Pope Benedict on the need for "the stewardship of the earth's energy resources" and the need to develop alternative sources of energy. This is not a papal endorsement of the global warming theory.
Mr Wallace wants us to take "action" on global warming.
The main "action" promoted by supporters of global warming involves massive cuts to carbon emissions in developed countries like Australia (even at the cost of jobs), but places no similar restrictions on developing nations like the People's Republic of China.
Accordingly, such activists would encourage an Australian business with a carbon-emitting factory to close its factory in Australia, sack its workers and open factories in the PRC with poorer anti-pollution standards, producing even greater emissions, with much poorer employment rights for its workers.
Even if one believes in global warming, it makes no sense for us to cut our emissions, if countries like the PRC can emit as much as they like.
The current focus on global warming also diverts attention away from more significant environmental issues, such as water shortages and salinity, as well as other important issues such as severe poverty in developing nations.
I congratulate News Weekly
on trying to bring logic and commonsense into the global warming debate, and not just falling into line with the propaganda produced by the mainstream media.(Mr) Suryan Chandrasegaran,