I did once upon a time; I read the books, I bought the tee-shirt. But it's not real. If it was then Tuvalu and The Maldives would be underwater by now as predicted; the ice caps would be fully melted and coastal areas would be meters underwater. We were never going to have any rain in southern Australia ever again - remember that one? Where are the catastrophic weather events we were promised - more intense cyclones further south? In fact the Bureau of Met says there's been less cyclones. Follow the money - Malcolm Turnbull and the Holmes A'Court family are set to make billions if the green energy push continues, at the expense of people like me who are expected to pay 44 cents a kilowatt hour to support this rubbish.
I'm sorry but this is plain ignorance. Global temperatures have clearly been rising. According to the reliable National Geographic, the last five years have been the hottest on record! It's astonishing that we're still having this "debate".
The fact is that the government has been subsidising lucrative jobs for miners, who, compared to our educated and worldly scientists, have comparatively low to offer intellectually or qualification-wise. This, of course, has a huge opportunity cost of missing out on the ability to kick-start a huge renewable energy industry. Since Australia gets so much sun, we should be exporting solar energy to Asia. We should also be funding the CSIRO to continue to deliver the goods that they have in the past, such as Wi-Fi.
Furthermore, the predictions for Tuvalu and The Maldives to go underwater are still years away. The point is that we must act now. Have you seen the videos of huge ice sheets melting? Have you seen the diagrams of the vast loss of ice in the Arctic?
As I was taught in kindergarten, adding more water to a container is going to make it overflow, so there are obviously going to be several islands and lowlands threatened. Are you prepared to drastically increase Australia's refugee intake when the Bangladeshis, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc. lose their river-deltas to the sea?
Now, I'm not anti-mining; Australia has vast resources, some of which should be used in the production process. But using them to burn is idiotic, short-sighted and selfish, especially when we could so easy implement renewable+battery technology.
Maybe if electricity was still nationalised we would have missed out on these price-hikes. We are paying for the profits of dodgy businesses rather than the government of whom's spending is generally beneficial to society.