We burn while Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd fiddles

Australia has elected another fiddler while all around him burns. Prime Minister elect Kevin Rudd’s vision for Australia is as cliche ridden as John Howard’s. Climate Change is barely on the horizon for him. We’ll sign Kyoto, he says. Dynamite perception, in that we’ll all have exploded with the time frame he is running by. He has to understand that now the Arctic ice will all be gone in 2010/12 (Yes, recent speculation gives these dates, and so far the extreme speculation has been correct) and that the climate here in the southern parts of Australia will be so hot that our pride in the agriculture we’ve always had will have evaporated.

Under Kevin we will also go after new technology for coal fire burning. It can’t possibly be ready before 2020. Too late, we cry. There will be targets for carbon emissions and carbon trading in place. Will delinquent emitters be given a gaol sentence, or worse? No, they’ll be fined and those fines, as always with big corporations, will be added to the price of their product. It’s the way it has always been. The Howard government knew it was an out for producers, but Kevin Rudd and company (Gullible Garret) think it’s valid control for irresponsible emitters. So where is the new vision for climate control? We, the people, are changing our lifestyles by bucketing waste water to the gardens, buying organics sewerage systems full of garden worms and keeping old vehicles running. Rudd is still driving his four-wheeled drive suburban and guzzling fuel. He’s also tacitly approved the world’s largest pulp mill that is not world’s best practice for it spews deathly dioxin into the water and atmosphere. Other pulp mills don’t do that. It’s being built in Tasmania because they wouldn’t get away with it anywhere else.

There’s also been approval for the dredging of Port Phillip Bay. The gases that will release from cyanide and other poisons allowed to run into the Maribyrnong and Yarra rivers will be huge, and that’s apart from the decaying sea grass beds right around the Bay – except for Corio Bay, that’s sea grass has not grown back since it was dredged a decade ago.

Oh yes, Kevin and his lads will be as bad as the Howard government, for they haven’t yet entered the culture of those who want to save the planet.

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