I have agreed to publish ‘Letters to The Editor’ that fail to make the mainstream newspapers. The following contribution from Art Raiche appears to have been overlooked by both the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian:
Australia’s CO2 output is insignificant compared with that of the rest of the world. We could shut down all our industry, ban the burning of all fossil fuels and reduce ourselves to lives as hunter-gatherers and it would not make one whit of difference to climate change either here or anywhere else in the world.
Why should we initiate measures that will see jobs exported to countries that have no intention of putting serious emission controls in place? It is often said that we are amongst the highest producers of CO2 per capita. That may be but why should Australians be punished because we haven’t let our population get out of control?
Earth hour is being touted as a wonderful symbolic gesture. It is a gesture that may make the self-flagellants feel good but the earth’s climate system is not affected by symbolic gestures. If we were serious about such measures, we would ban night-time sport. The “environmental message” rock concerts would be less hypocritical were they to ban electronic instruments and amplification and ban admission to those who came by private cars.
There has been life on earth for more that three billion years. Homo sapiens has existed less than a quarter of a million years. We do not need to “save the planet” because it will be here long after we become extinct. We do not need to hasten our extinction as a prosperous nation because of mass hysteria generated by a misunderstanding of the earth’s climate system.
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