"Something is rotten in the state of Australia"

2nd September 2014

Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law at University of Sydney, writes in the Conversation (2/9/14):

"The EU’s growth strategy Europe 2020 aims to 'absolutely decouple' economic growth from the environmental impacts of energy use, while reducing greenhouse gases by 20% below 1990 levels, enhancing competitiveness, and promoting energy security.

"Jobs growth is key to the 'green economy' with the renewable energy sector alone expected to generate more than 400,000 new jobs by 2020 .

"Yet the Abbott government keeps attempting, sometimes successfully, to deliver knock-out punches to controls on fossil fuel energy sector emissions and Australia’s potential to move towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

"Governments in Australia should govern to protect the interests of all sectors of society — not just a business sector that wants to free itself from the tangles of 'green' and 'red' tape. What’s more, Australian governments should stick to the rules and democratic conventions which protect all of our rights and interests. There are too many instances which suggest that many of those who govern don’t even know, or care, that the rules exist.

"Something is rotten in the state of Australia and that something is the disproportionate influence of the fossil fuel industry and climate change sceptics over government in Australia."

Read the full article at: http://theconversation.com/renewable-energy-target-review-confirms-influ...