Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s comments at the UN general assembly last week, in which he addressed the issue of climate change and Australia’s role in it, were “colossal bullshit,” according to Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie.
McKenzie was responding to Morrison’s claims that his country is doing what it can to counter accelerating global warming and avert planetary disaster. Morrison spoke in New York following a thundering speech by teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg that captured the world’s attention.
Afterwards Morrison said charges that Australia is not serious about enacting policies to protect the earth are “completely false.” While defending his own environmental policies, Morrison also obliquely addressed Thunberg’s comments.
“Above all, we must let our children be children, let our kids be kids, let our teenagers be teenagers while we do the work positively together to deliver the practical solutions for them and their future,” he said. In other words, teenagers should just sit around watching Netflix or something while Morrison and his fellow world leaders protect and subsidize the fossil fuel companies. After all, they’re “delivering practical solutions.”
Morrison is frivolous, condescending and, in a perverse way, amusing. He fits right in with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. The jesters have taken over the court.
Expanding on her “colossal bullshit” claim, McKenzie said: “Mr Morrison told the United Nations that our children have a right to optimism. Perhaps they would feel more optimistic if he started to take the problem of climate change seriously.”
Here is what Morrison offered as proof that he is indeed taking the problem seriously:
“Australia will ban exports of waste plastic, paper, glass and tires, and we anticipate that starting in 2020. That’s about 1.4 million tons of potent recyclable material.
“By 2020 Australia will have overachieved on our Kyoto commitments, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 367 million tons more than required to meet our 2020 Kyoto target. Our latest estimates show that both emissions per person and the emissions intensity of our economy are at their lowest level in 29 years.”
You can take Morrison’s word for it, or look at the statistics demonstrating that pollution from oil, gas and coal is going up, not down. Or you can take his advice, sit back and leave the political issues to the politicians. It’s worked so well in the past.