Climate change is one of the most significant moral, political and economic challenges that will face our generation.
Ok, that's Kev07, and Blair05, and Gore06. But the next line is Brendan's. You read it here first.
As Australians, it is time for us to start living on environmental interests, rather than just capital interests.
That's a lovely, sweeping sentiment. My guess is, it is an understanding that the economy, and all that sail upon her, is but a subset of the environment.
Bit of a head-turner, given the stance of the previous Federal Liberal leader and the early rumble for leadership after Howard lost Bennelong. I had the impression Turnbull self-servingly leaked the revelation that he had earlier told the party room they had to promise to sign Kyoto to win. And this played out in the Liberal party machine as engendering disunity. So Brendo, more moderate on Kyoto, got the numbers.
That's history; Kyoto is ratified, and that bipartisan act came into effect last month. The rest of the letter from Brendan's office in response to me expressing my concerns about the need for political action, gives a clear acknowledgement of the problem, and the need to...
...focus on practical effort and initiatives that will ensure responsible environmental behaviour and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
So I guess their policies are nascent. The letter goes on to confirm this, say Brendan is listening to ordinary Australians, consulting widely and will consider many opinions in developing their policies, including... what for it... Global Warming Watch.
Good. I'll be suggesting how he needs to hold Labor to account.
Global Warning Climate Change Energy